At 52, a daughter finds her father

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Posted: October 27, 2012

The Winchester Star

Petra Fehrenz of Rammelsbach, Germany, holds a picture of herself when she was 4. Her father Norris Bean of Frederick County holds a picture of himself with Petra’s mother Maria Fehrenz — taken while he was stationed in Germany during part of his military career. Bean returned to the United States not knowing that Maria was pregnant with Petra. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Posing for a new family portrait are (standing, from left) Brian Bean, father Norris Bean and Petra Fehrenz, and her half brothers Greg (kneeling, left) and Mike Bean.
Petra Fehrenz (from left) of Germany shares photos with her half brother Brian Bean, her father Norris Bean, half brother Mike Bean and stepmother Linda Bean. Fehrenz met her new family for the first time recently. Norris Bean had a relationship with Fehrenz’s mother Maria while he was stationed in Germany during a part of his military career. He returned to the United States, not knowing that Maria had become pregnant with Petra. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Petra poses for a portrait with her newfound father, Norris Bean. A co-worker made the first contact with her Winchester family, as Petra feared rejection. She first spoke with her half brother Mike, who told their father about her. Once he learned he had a daughter, Norris wanted to see her.
Petra takes a walk with her father. She knew Norris’ name for 10 years but feared contacting him. A made the initial contact with her half brothers. “It is basically a whole new chapter in my life,” she said. “You hear about these things, but you never think it will happen to you.”


For the first time in her 52 years of life, Petra Fehrenz has met her father, Norris “Buck” Bean.

The meeting took place this month in Winchester when Petra, of Rammelsbach, Germany, and…

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