06/26/2012 04:21 pm ET Updated Jun 26, 2012

Delores Viola And Betty Lou Overholser, Two Long-Lost Sisters, Find Each Other On Internet, Meet For The First Time (VIDEO)

It was a reunion nearly 80 years in the making -- but for two sisters given up for adoption as children, the time had come.

Delores Viola, from Maplewood, Minn., didn't know she'd been adopted until sometime in her mid-50s. Now 83 years old, she searched in an attempt to dig up more information from her past. "As I'm growing older, I thought I really would like to know who I am," she explained to WCSH.

And learn she did.

Viola discovered a long-lost sister, Betty Lou Overholser, who lives in Michigan, and arranged a get-together. Delores met her 76-year-old sister for the first time in nearly 8 decades this past Sunday, writes KCEN, where she learned her mother also gave up five other siblings for adoption when she died at the age of 31.

As the two met for the first time, Viola and her sister hugged. "Now I'm a whole person," said Viola, reports KARE.

The Internet has enabled an increasing number of these reunions and connections. In May of this year, a woman in Texas found her long-lost brother on Craigslist 50 years after she'd been given up for adoption. "I can't even explain the completeness -- I'm 50 years old and I'm finally complete," the woman said to ABC News at the time.