Real Name: Alberta Elaine
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Details: Alberta Elaine, born June 16, 1939, is the daughter of Joseph Schambier, who plays Santa Claus for several children at Christmas. Joseph's wife, Garnet, died hours after giving birth; she had requested that Alberta be placed in the care of Alice Miller.
Joseph had lost contact with her as a child and had enlisted in the army a week before Pearl Harbor on November 30, 1941. Around 1943 to 1944, Alberta had been put up for adoption. Joseph is looking to find her and hopefully reunite with her.
Extra Notes: The original airdate for this episode is December 20, 1989.
Results: Solved. After a 47 year search for his daughter, Joseph received the most heartbreaking news. A viewer in Pittsburgh began to trace Joseph's family tree. The viewer soon discovered from newspaper articles that showed that she died tragically in an explosion on February 13, 1957, in Erie, Pennsylvania at the age of 18, believing both of her parents were deceased. Her estranged husband, Paul Depew, rigged his car with dynamite after his last attempt to reconcile with her failed. The explosion killed both Paul and Alberta. Joseph eventually passed away himself in 1997 at the age of 80.