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Biological siblings who all met together for the first time are pictured from left, front row, Gene Carwin of Fort Morgan, Gary Carwin of Greeley and Kenneth Jacobson of Sterling; and back row, Randy Carwin of Sterling, Donna (Carwin) Dorsey of Loveland and Ted Roos of Holyoke. Two other siblings — Bonnie Carwin of Greeley and Loren Carwin of Rosebud, Montana — couldn’t make it to the Aug. 4 reunion, and one more brother, Merle Carwin, is deceased.

Reunited, and it feels so good!

Ted Roos of Holyoke had more to celebrate than his 88th birthday last week. For the first time in his life, he and five of his biological siblings all gathered together in the same place at the same time.

The Grill at River City in Sterling was a welcoming spot for the 40-50 people who got together for the reunion Sunday, Aug. 4. Some came from as far as California and Nebraska, and the gathering was met with great response.

The reunion would not have happened if Roos hadn’t submitted a DNA sample to an online service in December 2017. It revealed a biological brother, Kenneth Jacobson of Sterling, who had been adopted just like Roos.

They first met face-to-face in February 2018, but that wasn’t the end of the story. The same matching technology discovered seven more biological brothers and sisters.

Joining Roos and Jacobson at the reunion were Gene Carwin of Fort Morgan, Gary Carwin of Greeley, Randy Carwin of Sterling and Donna (Carwin) Dorsey of Loveland.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: To read more about Roos and his DNA discoveries, visit www.holyokeenterprise.com/local/roos-connects-birth-family-more-80-years-after-adoption.

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