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Anchorage woman finds biological father through ancestry test

Corrine Danzl and her biological father Dave Zuidmuller meet for the first time in the...
Corrine Danzl and her biological father Dave Zuidmuller meet for the first time in the Anchorage airport. (KTUU)
Published: Jun. 6, 2019 at 4:50 PM AKDT
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An Anchorage woman met her biological father for the first time after an Ancestry.com genealogy test revealed who he was.

Corrine Danzl decided to take the test after her husband asked her if she wanted a kit.

At first, she was hesitant.

“She said, ‘I don’t really like my DNA out there for everyone to have,’” her husband, Keith Danzl, explained.

A year later he asked her again. This time she relented, and was surprised that the test showed several close relatives.

Danzl had to wait nervously outside of security on Wednesday at the Anchorage airport for a man she had never met. She just knew he’d be wearing a powder-blue shirt and beige slacks.

When he finally arrived, the two embraced.

“Good to see you,” said Dave Zuidmuller who traveled from Michigan, “It’s been 56 years.”

“No, 55!” corrected Danzl.

“Oh no! I’m starting on a bad step!” said Zuidmuller.

Luckily, they were only teasing.

Zuidmuller said that he too was anxious as he traveled across the country to meet a daughter he never knew.

“I was nervous, but it was a good nervous,” he said, “It was something I was looking forward to.”

The two had lots to catch up on.

“Fifty-five years on both sides--that’s 110 years of life to catch up on, on both sides,” Zuidmuller said, “I’m really interested in her childhood and what her uncle told me is what I really missed was a wonderful kid and a wonderful young woman.”

And a day that began as nervousness ended in happiness.

“It’s pretty hard for anyone at my age to find something this fortunate,” he said.

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