By Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Kearney resident Arlene Johnson calls the return of her missing wedding rings her Christmas miracle.

Johnson told the Kearney Hub ( ) that she was devastated earlier this month when she realized she’d lost the rings somewhere after a night out dining with some friends.

Her husband of 54 years, Rodney, had died in May and that she’d taken to wearing his wedding band with her wedding rings.

“These were my very original rings,” Johnson said. “I never had a desire to get a different ring like some people do. I’d had them for 54 years. I can’t explain my grief in losing them.”

A couple of days after searching her house and retracing her steps to no avail, she mentioned her loss while on a visit to her chiropractor’s office. The office manager, Janis Robbins, remembered seeing a Kearney Area Exchange Facebook post about some rings that had been found. The description in the post matched Johnson’s description of her rings.

Robbins sent a message to Madison Bressman, who’d found the rings on the floor at Napoli’s restaurant where she worked. That’s the restaurant where Johnson had dined with her friends.

Bressman said she posted her message about the rings because, “I just thought if I lost mine, I’d be devastated.”

Johnson and Robbins said they appreciated Bressman’s honesty in trying to find the rings’ owner.

“There’s still good-hearted people out there, that’s the best thing,” Robbins said.


Information from: Kearney Hub,

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