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The sisters have spent hours looking at old family photos, including ones of the pair’s biological mother Ilene Gallagher, which Serino brought with her from California.
“If you saw my mother walking down the street, you’d say immediately, ‘She must be related to Toni,’ ” Rosenberg said of her resemblance to Gallagher.
The union has brought immeasurable joy to Rosenberg and her family and friends, Rosenberg said.
But a sadness still lingers. Serino plans to fly back to California on Tuesday.
“All this time has gone by and we could’ve shared children and grandchildren,” Rosenberg said. “We could’ve had more years ahead of us.”
The sisters aren’t sure if they’ll meet again in person. A 2,200-mile flight is a financial and health strain on most, let alone on two elderly retirees.
"It's kind of hard to think far ahead," Rosenberg said, adding that they're strategically packing half-a-century's worth of conversations into a two-week visit. "How much time does God give us?"
Read more about the sister's journeys to meet one another here.