National Enquirer - - REAL LIFE -

N A mind-bog­gling mix-up, two Min­nesota women lived the wrong lives for 72 years — af­ter be­ing switched at birth!

Linda Jour­deans al­ways won­dered why she was the lone red­head in a fam­ily of blondes.

Denice Juneski, on the other hand, was the only blonde and non-sports fan in a fam­ily of dark-haired ath­letes.

Some­thing didn’t add up, and DNA tests re­vealed the truth: The two were switched at birth af­ter be­ing born 31 min­utes apart in the early morn­ing hours at a St. Paul hos­pi­tal on Dec. 19, 1945!

“It’s a crazy thing,” Denice said.

I“Peo­ple just au­to­mat­i­cally as­sume they got the right fam­ily.” The two have no idea how the mix-up oc­curred, and both grew up in happy fam­i­lies, but each felt like an od­dball. Denice was the only mem­ber of her clan who wasn’t an avid ath­lete. The fa­ther she grew up with played pro­fes­sional base­ball for an indie-league team, the St. Paul Saints, and her de facto sis­ter is in the Min­nesota Soft­ball Hall of Fame. Linda, mean­while, was the only ath­letic mem­ber of her fam­ily, play­ing com­pet­i­tive soft­ball well into her 50s. “Some­times I had that sense that I didn’t quite fit in,’’ Denice said. “I was re­ally sup­posed to be an­other per­son.” Denice, a ge­neal­ogy buff, ini­ti­ated the dis­cov­ery by sub­mit­ting her DNA to an an­ces­try ser­vice in April. The re­sults re­vealed she didn’t match any­one in her fam­ily — and even­tu­ally led her to Linda. The women even­tu­ally met, lead­ing to an­other emo­tional mo­ment.

Linda — who was 17 when her mother died of can­cer at 42 — re­united with her bi­o­log­i­cal mother, Mar­i­anne Mayer, Denice’s child­hood mom, who at 99, is in mem­ory care.

Al­though the dis­cov­ery turned her world up­side down, Denice said: “I con­sider it a gift, and good things come out of it.”

Denice Juneski was born on Dec. 19, 1945 ... The two women found each other af­ter sub­mit­ting toDNA tests... and so was Linda Jour­deans!

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