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Custodian finds purse lost at Ohio school in 1957

Feb. 17 (UPI) -- An Ohio middle school shared the contents of a purse that was found in the space between a row of lockers and a wall after being lost by a student in 1957.

North Canton City Schools said Chas Pyle, a custodian at North Canton Middle School, was reattaching the trim at the end of a row of lockers when he found the purse in the gap between the lockers and the wall.

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The school spent months attempting to identify the owner of the purse, which turned out to have been lost in 1957 by then-student Patti Rumfola, who officials said died in 2013.

The district was able to contact Rumfola's children.

"Patti's five children were together for a family gathering in the fall where they opened the purse to have a glimpse into their mother's life as a teenager at Hoover High School," the school said in a Facebook post.

The post featured photos of the purse's contents, which included a comb, some makeup, a library card, and membership cards from the YMCA and American Junior Red Cross.

The long-lost bag also contained several black and white photos of friends, family members and a dog.

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The only money in the purse was 26 cents.

Rumfola graduated high school in 1960 and went on to have a long career as a teacher.

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