KIRKLAND, Ill - As Illinois residents assess their losses from last week's deadly tornado, one man has had a very special memory returned to him.
Clem Schultz lost his wife Gerldine in Thursday’s tornado, but on Monday, he got word that someone found a photo the two had taken nearly 25 years ago....and it was found nearly 35 miles away, according to WGN.
The 25-year-old church photo of the couple was in the couple’s Fairdale bedroom. Geri, along with her friend down the street Jacklyn Klosa, were killed when last Thursday’s EF-4 tornado tore through their town.
Evan Bottlemy was the man who found the photo. He was walking with a friend last Saturday in Harvard, Illinois when he came across debris from the tornado. And among some house insulation, there was the picture - soaking wet, but in one piece.
He flattened it out and asked his daughter how they could maybe get it back to the family. She posted it on a Facebook page set up to match tornado victims with lost treasures like this. It didn’t take long for Schultz’s daughter to reply and it only took a couple of hours to get it back to him.