Widower gets photo lost in Illinois tornado back: from 35 miles away

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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.