Brooklyn woman receives birthday card in the mail -- 45 years late

Susan Heifetz got a card that was postmarked June 26, 1969.
By Evan Bleier  |  April 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 8 (UPI) -- A Brooklyn woman was overjoyed to recently receive a birthday card from her parents -- even though they have both been dead for more than a decade.

A card postmarked June 26, 1969 and meant for Susan Heifetz was delivered to her family’s former home in Homecrest. The current resident of the apartment tracked Heifetz down and told her about the card.

"I said 'tell me what else is on the envelope,' at which point she said to me 'on the back is a lipstick mark,' and at that point I started to cry," Heifetz said. "This was my mother's thing at the time. To always seal it with a kiss."

In addition to the card, Heifetz also received a letter that was written by an old boyfriend who was serving in Vietnam 45 years ago.

“What we typically find is that old letters and postcards -- sometimes purchased at flea markets, antique shops and even online -- are re-entered into our system,” post office spokeswoman Congetta Chirichello told the Brooklyn Paper.

The card from her parents helped convince Heifetz, who is contemplating moving to Las Vegas, that she’ll be okay if she leaves the East Coast.

“I kept thinking, ‘who’s going to visit our parents at the cemetery?’” she said. “With all that I’ve been going through, I take this as a sign that my parents will find me no matter where I am. This, to me, was the closure I needed.”

[CBS New York] [The Brooklyn Paper]

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