NEW CASTLE —
Meeting for the first time Sunday afternoon, the two families saw each other as old friends, their years apart unapparent.
“I didn’t know my daughter had written the letter,” Howard said. “I was surprised and glad she did. After 68 years I finally get to meet (my family). Everybody is so nice and I’m so tickled to meet them.”
Howard is unsure if he would have pursued the answer to his birth family himself, but he’s “glad that Amy did.”
Bringing his wife, Gayle, along for the trip, Howard spent the day with his birth family for the first time.
“For 35 years I’ve wondered about his family,” Gayle Howard said. “It feels like we’ve known each other always.”
Even during the day’s celebration, David Howard was already looking toward the next Natale family reunion and where to go from here.
“I intend to keep up,” David Howard said. “The Internet might make it easier, but my son called and we’re already planning our visit for next year.”