FARGO — A young college student and her love for a grandmother she recently lost led her to search for her missing wedding dress from the 1960s.
19-year-old Ella Richards has great memories of her Grandma Pat.
"She had a heart of gold, and she was always upbeat," Ella said.
Grandma Pat Kostelecky of Battle Lake, Minn., recently passed away. While going through photos at the funeral, Ella saw her Grandma in a wedding dress. It was the 1960s.
"And I fell in love with it when I saw the picture," Ella said.
Ella thought there was something magical about that dress, and she wanted to find it.
"My aunts and mom were like, 'it has to be here somewhere,' and my grandpa was like, 'maybe she sold it,'" Ella said.
Nobody knew where it was. Most gave up looking.
"I looked from November to last week, and finally I found it," Ella said.
Finally, in a part of the house nobody bothered to look.
"It was in a back closet that you have to walk through another closet to get to and, yes, there it was," she says.
She tried it on, and it fit.
"I love it. So I put it back on and I walked down the step and and I said, 'Grandpa, look what I found.' And he said, 'wow, you look beautiful in it, too,'" Ella said.
Ella has no immediate plans of getting married, but when she does, Grandma Pat's dress will be going down the aisle with her.
"In a way, I knew Grandma was there. I think she knew where her dress was the whole time we were searching for it," Ella said.
Kostelecky was a longtime Special Ed teacher in the Breckenridge school district.