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Recovers long lost coat, praise for Recorder

September 8, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Dear Editor,

The miracle of the missing jacket

A recent visit to my hometown, Toledo, has once again reinforced the honesty and integrity of Tama County folks. Here's the story:

Last December I went to my coat closet only to realize my beautiful black leather jacket was missing. I had no idea when I had last worn it so for several days I made numerous calls to restaurants, church and various places I had been. My search was unsuccessful; no one had seen it. I felt badly for it wasn't that old. After a few weeks, I told myself it was a goner and my prayers for its return had not been answered. Yet, my husband, being a positive person, told me one day it would show up! I didn't believe him...

On the hot day of Friday, Aug 19, I visited the Tama County Recorder's Office and was met by the smiling face of Deb Kupka. Her first words to me were “you're the lady who left the jacket! Jacket?? Here I was coming in from the sweltering Iowa heat and humidity and a jacket? Then my wheels quickly spun and could it be? I looked up and out of her office came Deb, holding the jacket I had left in April of 2010 – more than 16 months prior when I was last there!! I was speechless... and nearly in shock!! She said she knew it was mine and didn't know how to contact me.

I can't believe Deb held this item in her office for nearly a year and a half not knowing if I'd ever return to claim it. If that would have occurred in Colorado Springs, I'm certain by now, someone else would have been enjoying this “unclaimed” jacket.

Tama County should be extremely proud of their County Recorder, Deb Kupka, who also assisted me that day with her vast knowledge and expertise in researching land records. And only a person with a big heart who truly cares about people would hold onto a jacket for such a length of time.

From the bottom of my heart, “THANK YOU” Deb.

Marcella Podhajsky Pults

Colorado Springs, Colo.



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