I discovered my co-worker is my SISTER after 30 years when I joined an ancestry site and learned the truth about my dad

TWO friends who worked together 30 years ago found out they were sisters after one of them began researching her ancestry.

Cheryl Becker, 68, was gifted with a DNA test by her husband and stunned to find out 69-year-old friend Linda Rinaldi was actually her sibling – and the man she thought was her biological father wasn't her dad.


The pair say they always felt they had a special connection during their time working in a Connecticut hospital but Rinaldi moved and they lost touch.

But when just how special became clear after Cheryl's husband, Ralph, acquired an interest ancestry and genealogy then gave her a DNA test as a present.

When the results came through they were a shock.

"It said I was closely related to this person Linda Rinaldi," Cheryl told Today.

"I said to my husband, 'I used to work with Linda Rinaldi.' I could tell it was the same person. It just said 'closely related or first cousin.'"

Cheryl immediately texted her old friend who recalls “we’re were related, that's all she told me”.

It took another test to confirm that the pair – who were born 16-months apart – were half-sisters. 

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Cherly also learned that the man who raised her wasn't actually her biological father but said: "I don't think he ever knew that.”

She was, however, left her wondering “who am I?” which she said “was so hard for me”.

Cheryl was also stunned when she found out that she was actually from the British Isles.

But she added: “Meeting Linda, the fact that she welcomed me with open arms, I think that was the turning point for me.

“I know who I am now. I'm Linda's sister. This is the best outcome.

“She's always been the nicest person I've ever known. I never thought I'd find anyone who has the same sense of humor as mine.”

Cheryl said the sisters say they are now looking forward to making up for lost time.

"We lost the last 30 years, but we got the next 30. We have to make memories like sisters do."


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