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Half-sisters bond after a lifetime apart

Schenectady, Scotia residents share their stories in a memoir

Arlene Loucks and Patricia Walsh are two half-sisters that only met recently. Here they have breakfast at the Bellevue Cafe on Broadway in Schenectady.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Arlene Loucks and Patricia Walsh are two half-sisters that only met recently. Here they have breakfast at the Bellevue Cafe on Broadway in Schenectady.
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Patricia Walsh’s journey of adoption and reconciliation that spanned nearly 70 years had a “wonder-full” ending, in its most basic definition, according to the Scotia resident. “It added a whole new dimension to my life, and she feels the same way,” said Walsh. The “she” is Walsh’s half-sister, Schenectady resident Arlene Loucks. The two spent their entire lives apart, never knowing the other existed until recently. The two sisters quickly became best friends, compensating for ...


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