The Ottumwa Courier

November 28, 2013

Ill. tornado survivor searches for missing cards

JIM SUHR
Associated Press

---- — ST. LOUIS (AP) — Annmarie Klein knows she's blessed to have survived the tornado that leveled her family's central Illinois home, and she understands most of the things they lost can be replaced.

That's not true for a mint green box that contained three cards.

The cards swept away by the Nov. 17 tornado in Washington, Ill., were personalized by Klein's brother, Paul McLaughlin, with notes for his three children before his 2005 death from colon cancer.

The Rockland, Mass., man entrusted Klein to give them to his kids someday, and now she feels like she failed him.

Some of her other keepsakes have turned up 150 miles away, near Warrenville outside of Chicago. They include a picture of her late brother during the baptism of one of her five children.