Rings stolen from dead woman are returned

Maureen Boyle

The wedding rings ripped from the hand of an 89-year-old woman after she died have been returned anonymously, her family said Tuesday.

The daughters of Evelyn DeFlavis,  a lifelong Brockton resident who died  Sept. 10, said they were notified Monday that the rings were mailed anonymously to Caritas Good Samaritan  Medical Center.

“We are all very happy,” Amanda  Doonan, one of DeFlavis’ daughters, said.

DeFlavis’ family said the rings were stolen off her left hand sometime between the time she died at the hospital and when  the funeral director went to the morgue to pick up her body.

Evelyn DeFlavis had worn the wedding ring set on her left hand  for 58 years. When she died, her family had planned to bury her with the gold band and diamond engagement ring.

DeFlavis had been married for 52 years to her childhood sweetheart, Frank DeFlavis.  When he died six years ago, she still kept wearing the rings he gave her, her children said after they were stolen.

The family said today that hospital security turned the rings over to Brockton police and  the investigation was continuing into the theft.

Marla Seelye, another of DeFlavis’ daughters, said she believes the rings were returned due to publicity about the theft, first reported in The Enterprise.

“I don’t think they were returned because they felt bad. You can’t have a heart to do that in the first place,” Seelye said.

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