The years passed and in 2002 after retiring he posted a message with his birth mother’s name and place of birth on Ancestry.com. He soon forgot about the effort and returned to enjoying retirement.
So he was surprised when, seven years later in 2009, two of his birth mother’s granddaughters contacted him. They told him that his birth mother, Vivian Cronk, was alive and kicking at 96 years of age and by then Pete was 75. What began with a joyful reunion in 2009 grew into a wonderful, ongoing relationship between mother and son, despite decades of separation. Both Pete and his mother were glad to be reunited, and Pete reports that meeting his mother has given him “great joy and peace.”
In a letter to Vivian, Pete wrote: “So here we are, together again some 75 years later. Now I can look into your lovely eyes and face and tell you directly how much I love you and thank you for doing what must have been so difficult. Everything has turned out well.”
On August 13, 2010 Vivian Cronk passed away nine months after her reunion with her son. “We had nine great months together! She carried me for nine months and I had the chance to bring her some unexpected happiness her last nine months,” said Pete.