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Stolen locket containing husband’s ashes returned to Sask. widow

A Saskatoon widow still can’t believe the present she got on Christmas Eve after a locket containing the ashes of her late husband was stolen.
A Saskatoon widow still can’t believe the present she got on Christmas Eve after a locket containing the ashes of her late husband was stolen. Luke Banville / Global News

SASKATOON – It’s being called a Christmas miracle. The heart-shaped locket containing the ashes of a Saskatoon woman’s husband has been returned.

Earlier this month, Bonnie Nicholson turned to the public for help when the irreplaceable pendant was stolen from her car in Nutana neighbourhood before she could take it to a jeweller to get repaired. Nicholson was parked in the 300-block of 9th Street East when her car was broken into in mid-December.

Even the Saskatoon Police Service asked the public on social media for assistance in locating the locket.

“I was having a real hard time cause as days went by I kept saying ‘I had hope’ but it was starting to kind of dwindle,” said Nicholson on Sunday.

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On Christmas Eve, the locket was found returned and wrapped in tin foil.

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“I came out to sweep off the snow off my car … and I saw something shining in the snow and I got home late from work the night before so I wasn’t quite sure what it would be and I opened it up and I couldn’t believe it my locket was inside of it,” said Nicholson.

For Nicholson, to get her late husband’s ashes back just in time for Christmas was unbelievable.

“I know what they had done was wrong but they still had a conscience,” said Nicholson.

She added it was the best wrapping paper she’d ever seen.

“I said it was a Christmas miracle and like this tin foil, I’ll be keeping it because it’s probably the most precious piece of Christmas wrapping paper I’ve ever seen,” said Nicholson.

“I still can’t believe it when I look at it and it will be more precious to me now, soon as I get it fixed, it won’t be leaving my neck.”

Her husband Allan Olson passed away due to a congenital heart defect in June 2013.

Jacqueline Wilson contributed to this story