What’s lost is now found: KWWL reuniting a 1957 class ring with its owner

You may remember when KWWL first brought you the story of a missing class ring from 1957.

It has the initials, JJ engraved on the front of the ring, and the Little Brown Church in Nashua is also depicted on its face. 

Police said the ring was found at the Sturgis Falls celebration in Cedar Falls last year, but no one claimed it. 

Our KWWL team went on a search to reunite the class ring with its owner, starting with a journey to Nashua. After finding a 1957 Nashua High School yearbook at the library, KWWL found one person in the senior class with the initials, JJ. 

"Well, it’s gold and black. And, she has an insignia on with, JJ on both sides, for Jo Ann Janssen," Brenda Stone said. 

Janssen’s daughter, Brenda Stone, said her mom was married shortly after graduation, but she continued to wear her gold class ring. 

"She did wear it. She’d stopped wearing it after she had children, probably in her 30s," she said. 

Janssen died in 2016, and Stone inherited her ring. 

"A lot of [my mom’s] jewelry – my sister and I had gathered together and kept, and I kept this," Stone said. 

Stone was at Sturgis Falls with her husband last summer wearing the ring. She said she was devastated when she suddenly looked down and saw it missing from her finger. 

"It was a part of my Mom that I could carry with me at all times, and it fit me well," she said. 

That summer night was the last time Stone would see the heirloom, until KWWL’s Facebook message alerted her it was still out there – one year later. 

"Overwhelmed," Stone said. "I cry easily so that was one of the things I did for several minutes."

Stone reunited with her mother’s beloved class ring. It’s a piece of jewelry she wears every day now – a reminder of her mom with her – everywhere she goes. 

"It probably could have been worth a couple of dollars to somebody," Stone said. "But, it’s worth way more to me – than anything in the world."

Stone described her mother as a kind person who was always willing to others. 

She told KWWL she is thankful for the person who found her mother’s class ring and turned it into police. 

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