Three years missing, wedding ring returned to MN woman

Three years ago, Vicki Wilner of Cleveland, Minn., misplaced her wedding ring while on a trip to Arizona. She looked everywhere for it but finally gave up any hope of finding it.

She knows now that it was mixed in with some change. And she’d actually brought it back from Arizona.

When she or her husband dumped some loose change into an old Sam’s Club cheese balls container, the ring went in, too, and sat for several years, the Mankato Free Press says.

A couple of weeks ago, with the cheese ball container overflowing with change, Wilner dumped most of it into the First National Bank change machine in Mankato, got her receipt and went on her way.

When bank employee Jessica Oas later investigated why the machine stopped working, she found the ring sitting on top of a bag of pennies. The malfunction was unrelated to the ring, apparently.

Bank officer Jay Buboltz examined surveillance photos to try to identify who had used the machine last and distributed the picture to a branch in St. Peter, Minn., where Wilner’s daughter, Kayleigh Pearson, works and identified her mother.

Wilner figures she must’ve taken the ring off in Arizona and put it on a nightstand with some change, which her husband might’ve scooped up and pocketed.

After three years, the ring was back on Wilner’s finger in time for Thanksgiving.

  • Ickster

    I have a similar one, but no real explanation. Years ago, I was raking out a few cubic yards of mulch in the back yard, and slipped my ring into a pocket because I was getting a blister from the ring & rake combination. When I finished, I went to put the ring back on only to find it missing. I searched the yard, but since it was under several inches of new mulch, I also gave up hope.

    A few years later, the washing machine in the basement was acting up, so I pulled it out to take a look at it. Sitting on the floor, dead center under the space occupied by the washing machine, was my ring.

    I still have no idea how it got there.

    • Guest

      That is why folks believe in gremlins. See WWII airmen.

    • Justin McKinney

      My wife lost her wedding ring a couple years back. She was distraught, had no idea where it could have gone. We thought the cat had knocked it down and hidden it, but we moved all the appliances in the kitchen and still nothing. She eventually bought a different ring (which was going to be an anniversary ring anyway). Wouldn’t you know it, about 3 months later, she moves the stove to clean underneath it and finds her ring. It had gotten lodged in the little bent piece of metal at the bottom of the side. Now she has her favorite ring back, and her anniversary ring for the other hand!

  • Gary F

    He’s still in trouble. But it’s nice they got the ring back.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    The closest I came to loosing my ring was on the train. We had come back from NY and had a sleeper roomette. The train from NY gets into Chicago about 9:30 AM. I had taken my ring the previous night and put on the little shelf next to lower “berth” I was sleeping in. I forgot to put it on in the morning, it was “hiding” under some paper. As we left the train I realized I didn’t have it on. Fortunately they hadn’t started clearing out the rooms yet and I was able to get on and find it. I always make sure I know where my ring is now when I’m away from home. 8^)