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The long hello

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 19, 2002

For the past 57 years, Irene Parker has been trying to match a face with a name.

She and Fern Koschmider have been pen pals since 1945. Each year, they’d exchange updates via Christmas cards and letters. The two women would include what was going on with their friends, family and whatever else they thought might be of interest.

But they never sent pictures.

On Wednesday, Parker, 81, was able to meet the woman with whom she’s shared over a half-century of correspondence when Koschmider, visiting her brother in Cincinnati, came to Frankfort.

Until their semi-impromptu meeting at her home on Sunset Drive, Parker said she’d never really been able to imagine a face for her friend. Koschmider said the same.

For more on this story, see today’s State Journal.