Woman helps family reunite with 1941 historic photos

Kent County

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — After stumbling upon a set of photos she couldn’t ignore, a Rockford woman is helping a family reunite with important historic photos.

Kerensa Steffens found the photos on a sidewalk in front of a Rockford bicycle shop Monday, after taking her mom out to eat for her birthday. Attached to them was a sticky note that identifies a two-year-old boy named Buddy, who was pictured in the 40s.

“Somebody’s sad that they’re missing their pictures,” Steffens said.

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Karensa Steffens is looking for the owner of 1940s photos that she found in Rockford. (Nov. 21, 2019)
rockford mystery photos
Karensa Steffens is looking for the owner of 1940s photos that she found in Rockford. (Nov. 21, 2019)

Steffens made a Facebook post with the photos in hopes of finding the owner, and Buddy’s niece discovered the post. Buddy’s niece says she recognized her mother’s handwriting on the sticky note and confirmed with family that the boy in the photos is in fact, her uncle.

Steffens says she’s holding on to the photos until they land in the right hands.

When attempting to find the owner, she said she’s put feelers out all over Rockford.

“I’ve called city hall, I’ve called the police department and it is on Facebook,” Steffens said.

Steffens told News 8 that she even called a funeral home.

“We lost my father-in-law this time last year,” she said. “He was losing his memory at the end, so I made him a photo book so he would remember who would come over and see him.”

Finding the pictures reminded Steffens of a collage she helped make for her father-in-law’s funeral. She thought the owners of these photos might be doing the same.

“Family is everything, and memories is all you have at the end of the day,” Steffens said.

Steffens knows firsthand that photos like the ones she found, bring comfort, and the memories they leave behind will never fade.

“Oh, that’s huge for me,” Steffens said. “I’m a big picture person.”

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