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Canada Former Klondike Kate tracks down half-siblings after 50-year search for father

08:05  11 december  2017
08:05  11 december  2017 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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When Susan Whalen Janzen found the obituary of her biological father , she thought her search of 50 years had come to an end. Susan Whalen Janzen was the first official Klondike Kate in Edmonton and was the first to hold that position for two years, from 1986-87 to 1987-1988.

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When Janzen was in her teens, her mom gave her a first-birthday card and a photo of her father she had kept with an address in Winnipeg. His name was Russell Green.

When Susan Whalen Janzen found the obituary of her biological father, she thought her search of 50 years had come to an end.

But when she dug deeper, she found half-siblings she never knew she had.

Janzen, 63, who has kept her maiden name of Whalen through her life in hopes her father would reach out, found her father’s obituary in late November, five years after he died.

“I couldn’t believe I had finally, at my age, found him,” she said last week.

Now an Edmonton real estate agent, Janzen was Edmonton’s first Klondike Kate and had a singing career as well as a job as a special education teacher.

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When Susan Whalen Janzen found the obituary of her biological father , she thought her search of 50 years had come to an end. But when she dug deeper, she found half - siblings she never knew she had.

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When Janzen was in her teens, her mom gave her a first-birthday card and a photo of her father she had kept with an address in Winnipeg. His name was Russell Green.

About 25 years ago Janzen went to Winnipeg and called every Green in the phone book, but had no luck.

Cousins on Janzen’s mother’s side who were interested in genealogy found an obituary for Lorne Green of Winnipeg. Through surviving family members, she found out her dad had changed his name to Rick Gordon.

When she reached out to her father’s son, Rick Gordon Jr., he called her “sis” for the first time in her 63 years.

“I cried like a little baby, I’ve never been called that,” Janzen said, adding she never thought her father might have other children.

Before he died, Rick Gordon admitted to Rick Gordon Jr. that he and his three siblings had a younger half-sister.

The family has plans to meet in the new year.

“Everyone could not have been nicer,” she said.

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