Illinois man reunites family with old photos after he found them in thrift store

Sue and Don Brose share a kiss on their wedding day on December 27, 1969.

(CNN)What started as a visit to the local thrift store turned into a months-long reunion story for one Illinois man.

In June 2021, Greg Kozlick, 22, was looking for electronics at the local Goodwill store in Downers Grove, which is about 30 minutes west of Chicago.
As he was searching, he opened one box to find slides of about 80 old photos and a note inside that read "Sue's Wedding."
      Looking at them through the light, he knew these were special. "Immediately my first thought was that I wanted to share them with the family, and reunite them with the memories." Kozlick told CNN.
        He kept hold of the slides until he had the ability to view the photos properly. On January 4, he found a projector at another thrift store, which he used to view the photos on his bedroom wall.
          Kozlick said he took photos of the vintage images and posted them to a few Facebook community groups, with hopes to find the owner.
          Within 30 minutes, he received comments of people recognizing the church and tagging family members of the people in the photos.
          Photos from Sue's 1968 high school graduation were included in the bunch found.
          That's when he came across Sue Brose, the bride in the wedding photos.
          He recognized the last name and realized her granddaughter, Autumn Brose, was a former high school classmate. She helped put him in contact with Sue.
          On January 6, he presented Brose with the slides. "I'm a photographer, so I capture these moments all the time, so I knew they were something special." Kozlick said.
          Sue was surprised to hear the photos had been found.
          "My photos from those days are very faded, 52 years later, so it's really special." Brose told CNN. "Now I'm going to be able to print up some fresh ones with better color."
          Greg and Sue going through the old slides and photos together.
          Brose was met with images from her high school graduation in 1968, to the day she walked down the aisle in December 1969.
          "I'm very sentimental like her," Autumn told CNN, "When I saw her get the pictures, I started to get tears in my eyes."