Letters find true owners – 70 years later

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Pieces of a love story almost 70 years old are starting to come together.

Letters dating back to 1945 were finally delivered to their rightful recipient today.

The two letters were written by a naval officer stationed in San Diego and were written at the end of WWII to a former Chicago teenager.

That teen, Dorothy Bartos Carlberg, lived at a home in the 2700 block of South Kolin and it was during that time that she wrote back and forth to Naval Officer Al Fracakis.

Martha Rodriguez now lives at the home. Somehow, two of Fracakis’s letters just surfaced, dropped in the mail and delivered to Dorothy’s old address two weeks ago—where they’ve been in the care of Martha.

“It’s been lost for 70 years. But I wasn’t going to stop until I found her,” Martha said.

And found her she did. On Wednesday Martha was able to hand over the letters to Dorothy, and jogged some old memories for her.

Five years after these letters were written, Dorothy went on to marry an Army man, Victor Carlberg who passed away two years ago.

Dorothy’s five children say this whole experience is proving mind-boggling.

“She had a whole other life that we weren’t aware of,” said daughter Sandy Jacobson. “Who knows what would have happened if she would have received them?”

Dorothy now lives in an assisted living facility about two hours from here in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The whereabouts of Naval Officer Al Fracakis are still a mystery.

Related: Long lost love letters from WWII still in limbo





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