Mabel Mae Koons made one of the most difficult decisions of her life in 1947. She was the mother of five children and dying of heart failure. She did not think her husband could care for the children. She sent her two youngest children to live with someone else. The three eldest children soon ended up in foster care.
Donald Koons was sent to live in an orphanage in Pennsylvania. His home was not the best. The family was poor and kept animals in the house. Donald decided to leave the home when he was 15. He worked where he could. One day while he was working, he ran into his brother George.
Donald and George stayed in touch. Daniel knew where his oldest sister Mary was. However, he had no idea where his other siblings were. Daniel, George and Mary went to visit their father right before he died, but the other two siblings were not there.
Donald asked where Patsy and Wayne were. His father told him not to worry about his brother and sister. He also apologized for breaking the family up. He stated that he sent the children away because he did not want to raise five children on his own.
Donald’s father, Owen, passed away in 1980. He never found out where his youngest two children were. Donald is married and has six children of his own. In 2014, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is now in stage four, and his days are numbered. He hopes and prays that he can meet his two youngest siblings before he passes away. If he cannot find his siblings, then he is hoping that he can meet their children and grandchildren.