WALDOBORO — On Tuesday’s Today Show, Joanne Campbell of Warren told the nation that she and her two newly-reunited Waldoboro brothers were looking for another long-lost sister.
That sister, Kathleen Cooper, happened to be watching from her home in Florida — and by the Wednesday morning broadcast on NBC, the four siblings had an emotional reunion on live TV.
“We’re all dumbfounded,” Randy Joubert, 36, told Today Show host Meredith Viera just moments after meeting Cooper for the first time. “But we can start getting to know each other now.”
The story of the two men who worked together for weeks at Dow Furniture in Waldoboro before realizing that they were brothers has swept through Maine, the country and now is starting to intrigue the world.
Joubert and Gary Nisbet, 35, shared their experience over the last two weeks with local newspapers and news shows. One week ago, Campbell showed up at the furniture gallery saying that she was their half-sister, and had the birth certificate and other paperwork to prove it.
“I’m really awestruck,” Campbell told the BDN last week. “After all these years, here I am 41 and now I finally found my brothers.”
All the siblings had been born to the same mother, who apparently suffered from emotional problems and was abusive. They ended up in foster care and then adoptive families after the state took them away from her.
Joubert recently gained access to his adoption records through Maine’s new state law, and found the names of his biological mother and father — Wilfred and Joan Pomroy, both of whom are now deceased. He learned he had a younger brother from the same parents, but was uncertain of how to locate him.
Then he took a job at Dow Furniture in July, and began working with Nisbet, who looks so much like him they could be twins. First, the two brothers were reunited, then Cooper.
But the family of siblings still wasn’t complete, as one sister was still missing. Her birth name had been Claire Marie, and Campbell said that she had even gone to high school with her in Maine.
“I knew my freshman year that she was my sister, but I was told she didn’t know, so I respected that,” Camp-bell said Wednesday on the Today Show.
Cooper was brought to the program for a surprise reunion with Campbell, Joubert and Nisbet. The four — who share a family resemblance — hugged each other tearfully.