NEWS10 ABC Special Report: Portraits united with owners

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Updated: 11/25/2013 8:58 pm

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - In October, NEWS10 ABC brought you the story of Gina Sauter, a Ballston Spa woman who found close to 60 portraits done by her late mother, Estelle. Sauter's goal was to find the subjects of her mother's pastels from almost 30 years ago.

The day after the story of Estelle's Pastels ran, Nancy Holroyd contacted NEWS10 ABC saying she believed it was her Mother and Father, Frieda and Clark Eddy, captured in one of Estelle's portraits back in 1985.

The two families were brought together for the unlikely reunion.

"Somebody called me and told me to watch the segment because my parents were in it," said Holroyd,  "I'm going 'my dad has been dead ten years and my mom for five and a half. What do you mean my parents are in it?'"

Holroyd found her parents were staring back at her in the portraits.

"As soon as that part of the segment popped up. I'm going 'my God!' It was really kind of freaky," said Holroyd.

"Ten years, one month, one week and one day after Papa passed away, the news story ran," said Andrea Holroyd, Freida and Clark's granddaughter.  She says she was extremely close to them, remembering the stories Clark used to tell and the love her grandparents had for one another.

"After Papa died and before Nana passed, there was a lot of concern in the family on whether or not his spirit was waiting around for her. They always said they wanted to go together and they weren't able to," said Andrea.  "So in a lot of ways, seeing them together this way almost says 'Don't worry, we are together.'"

"It is almost unfathomable," she said.  "It's a gift."

Gina Sauter, whose mother Estelle passed away in 2005, said she would be amazed at the fact her portraits are back with the people who deserve them.

"She would be so happy and delighted that her art work was finally being sent home to the proper families," she said.

Andrea also acknowleding the unexpected connection, "It laid dormant for a while and now here it is," she said.  "It gives me goosebumps."

Another piece of the puzzle was also recently put together. Nancy found her dad's journal and in it, dated back to 1985, a few entries detailing a portraits session that he and Frieda participated in at the Schenectady Senior Center. A final piece of the puzzle on how Estelle, Frieda and Clark knew one another.

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