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Finding a sister they didn't know existed: Clarissa woman is thrilled to find unknown sibling


by Karin L. Nauber

When Jean (Morrow) Cobb of Clarissa learned that she had a sister she never knew existed, she was thrilled, but she probably wasn’t as thrilled as the sister that she was meeting.

Her name is Elaine Snodgrass and having grown up in an adoptive home with two brothers, she didn’t know she had other siblings until a DNA test through revealed that not only did she have two more brothers, but also two sisters. There were eight siblings altogether. Six of them remain.

“I had always wanted a sister. Now I have two,” she said.

Jean, who was always the “oldest sister” of the siblings, teased Elaine.

“Now I’m not the big sister anymore,” she said with a mock pout.

“I’ll be the big sister now,” said Elaine with a pleasant laugh.

When I went over to meet the family on July 23, it was only their second meeting and for some, it was the first meeting with Elaine.

Three of the siblings—Jean, Jimmy Morrow and Ray Steinke—had met with Elaine on July 21 for the first time at the home of Elaine’s son—Todd Roberts—who lives in Monticello. . . .

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