Rumfola, who married John G. Michele in 1980, was a longtime schoolteacher in Annapolis, Maryland. She died in Pennsylvania in 2013, according to her obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
Rumfola's five children opened the purse together at a family gathering "to have a glimpse into their mother's life as a teenager at Hoover High School," school officials told WOIO.
Among the artifacts inside the purse were nine wheat pennies, WKYC reported. Other items found included a high school football schedule from 1956, photographs of family and friends, a medallion of the Virgin Mary, a makeup compact, a booster club card, membership cards to the North Canton YMCA, a library card, and even a stick of peppermint Beech-Nut Gum, according to WOIO.
Each one of Rumfola’s children kept a wheat penny to remember their mother, the television station reported.