Eddie Hanzelin a 7-year old boy is a hero to his Davenport, Iowa neighbor, Clifford Boyson after searching on Facebook to find his younger sister, Betty Billadeau.
After searching for decades, Clifford Boyson says, “Nobody would help me until I came and met little Eddie,” referring to his landlord’s son, Eddie Hanzelin.
The 7-year-old said he was touched by his neighbor’s story and wanted to help him. “Family is important.” Using his mother’s Facebook account the boy said, “I went on Facebook and I typed in Boyson. There were a whole bunch of pictures that showed up. One of them kind of looked like Clifford and I zoomed in on it and it started to really look like Clifford, so I showed it to my mom and dad.”
Once Eddie found Clifford’s sister, Glenn Hanzelin, Eddie’s father, contacted Billadeau’s daughter over Facebook to help arrange the reunion of the two siblings.
Traveling up from Missouri with her daughter and granddaughter for the reunion, for the first time in six and a half decades they were reunited on Saturday at a hotel near Boyson’s home in Davenport, Iowa.
Billadeau’s daughter, Sarah Billadeau, 42, and granddaughter, Megan Billadeau, 27, both wiped away tears and smiled during the reunion.
“Oh, my God,” Boyson said when he saw and hugged Billadeau. “You’re about the same height mom was!”
Clifford Boyson presented his sister with pink roses. The three generations of the Billadeau women gave him a suitcase so he would have “no excuses” for not visiting them in Missouri.
“The one thing he said is he has someone to send a Christmas card to now,” Billadeau said.
The two siblings plan to get together in Missouri sometime soon to make up for those missing years. Boyson said he’s looking forward to visiting Billadeau near the St. Louis area and meeting more family. “I’m hoping I can go and spend a week or two,” he said. “I want to meet the whole congregation. I never knew I had a big family.”
Clifford Boyson gave his 7-year old investigating buddy, Eddie a $125 check and says he wants to take him on vacation. “He’s never been on vacation, ” Boyson said. “And I want him to go on vacation to Disney World with me.”