WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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this would come of it, and it is not why we did it," Siegel says. Confronted with the possibility that their mother (and they) might have a new relative, they proceeded cautiously. First, Siegel called 23andMe to see how accurate this kinship was likely to be. Then Siegel contacted Marchese. He had also not expected to find a half sibling, but had pursued DNA testing because his mother was adopted and he had an interest in her (and his own) heritage. Next, Siegel, her sister, and Marchese talk- ed by phone. Frank was enthusiastic about the possibility of meeting Susie and sent Siegel pictures of himself. They were all struck by the strong resemblance between Frank and Susie at similar ages in side by side photos. After careful thought, Siegel and her sister de- cided to tell their mother, keeping the conver- sation as factual as possible. "We told our mother 'Something interesting came up on 23andMe. A man contacted us, and it looks like you share the same birth father.'" Her mother "kept it light," Siegel says, and took the news well. Susie and Frank have since met several times, and the experience has been positive. Fink (who lives in Florida) notes while she is happy to know Marchese, the connection is probably even more important to her daugh- ters than it is to her. "If it matters to my kids, it matters to me. Frank is a good guy. If he's nice to them, it's one more person to love them." And who could argue with that? 119 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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