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Reunited with a ring
Newsday ^ | January 10, 2007 | LUIS PEREZ

Posted on 01/12/2007 9:10:04 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

The silver class ring with the ruby-red stone was a piece of Susan Allen-Bosco's life, lost 28 years ago in the waters off a Florida beach. Forever lost, she thought.

Not so. Wednesday, Allen-Bosco sat in the library of East Islip High School, her alma mater, and slipped the size 6 ring on her finger. It still fits, if loosely.

"It's like finding a grain of sand on the beach," Allen-Bosco, 45, of Ronkonkoma, said wonderingly of the graduation ring that her father, the late Robert Allen, bought for her when she was 17.

How she regained the ring is a story involving three states, the hobby of metal detector treasure-hunting and a Pennsylvania woman whose peers regard her as a sort of Lady of the Lost High School Graduation Rings.

It begins in August 1978 in Florida, where Allen-Bosco had moved with her family after graduating from East Islip High that spring. As she frolicked in the water one day off the beach in St. Petersburg, the ring came off her finger. She and her sister watched it sink into water that was over their heads.

"Once it fell a few inches into the water, you couldn't see it anymore," Allen-Bosco remembered.

Two years later, her father died and she moved back to Long Island. She did not forget the ring.

"It was just another loss when there was a lot of loss in my life," she said.

Allen-Bosco moved on, getting married in 1981 to Long Island native Mark Bosco and graduating from Stony Brook, where she now works as a library assistant.

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KEYWORDS: precious; ring
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