Mankato Man Reunites Waseca Grad with Long Lost Class Ring

(Mankato, MN) – With a ring that was lost 60-years ago now back on her finger, a Waseca High School graduate wants folks to know “there are still caring and nice people left in this world” and she’s now looking for a way to “pay it forward.”

Barbara Lechner Crumb lost her class ring while swimming in Clear Lake in 1957, but she now has it back thanks to a Mankato couple.

Greg and Shelly Dembouski, who own the MGM liquor stores in Mankato, found the ring in the Clear Lake Sunday morning, then tracked the 76-year-old Crumb down through school archives and her brother Bill – and that afternoon the Dembouski’s drove the 50-plus miles to where she now resides in Freeborn to return it to her, “with pleasure.”

Crumb says the Josten’s ring is still in great condition and she has high praise for the Dembouski’s, who went though all the trouble to find her and return it, saying “my words are not enough to let this couple know my true appreciation.”

Crumb jokes that the only problem she can see coming out of this for her, is that her 60th class reunion is next year and now with all the attention from this story…she may be obligated to attend.   The last reunion she went to was her 25th.

She also says if you see Greg, stop and give him a high-five for his act of kindness.

Lechner Crumb has lived in Freeborn since 1993, but his still has family in Waseca, along with family in the Albert Lea area…and she is the organist for her church in New Richland.

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Photo credit: Barbara Lechner Crumb.



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