Women in their 70s learn they were switched at birth

Denice Juneski and Linda Jourdeans were switched at birth in December 1945.

MINNEAPOLIS (WTHR) - Two women born in Minnesota 72 years ago recently learned they were switched at birth!

Denice Juneski and Linda Jourdeans were born 31 minutes apart in St. Paul on the morning of December 19, 1945. A short time later, they went home, but apparently with the wrong parents.

The women lived full lives with their families, but when Juneski recently received her genealogy results from a 23andMe DNA test, she found that here genes didn't match any of her parents or siblings.

About the same time, Jourdeans' niece in Wisconsin found Juneski's name in her own DNA test results. Jourdeans eventually took her own DNA test and the pieces started to come together.

"We got switched," Juneski told KARE-TV in Minneapolis.

The women say they both stood out as different in their families. Juneski was the only non-athlete in a family of accomplished athletes. Meanwhile, Jourdeans played softball competitively into her 50s, the only athlete among her family members.

Jourdeans said her mother died of cancer when she was 17, but now she has a new "mom" - 99-year-old Marianne Mayer, who raised Juneski.

The women have visited several times and consider themselves friends, borne of the most unusual of circumstances.

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