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Is 22 years too late for an RSVP?

February 23, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

An Oregon woman finally received an invitation to her nephew's high school graduation in New Jersey, but she may be a little late: It was in 1987.

Theresa Schlossarek of La Grande found the invitation last week in her mailbox. The envelope, which had been opened, was postmarked June 2, 1987, from Toms River, N.J., where her brother, Hermann Ilnseher, lives.

Ilnseher said the lack of response from his sister was noticed but dismissed.

"We just thought that she lived so far away, she couldn't come," Ilnseher said. "She usually would send money, though, so we did joke about that later on, that maybe she could send some and add interest for the years passed."

Peter Hass, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, called the delay "very unusual and very unfortunate."

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