08/10/2012 12:51 pm ET Updated Aug 10, 2012

Couples Finds Missing Class Ring After Almost 40 Years (VIDEO)

Almost 40 years ago, Nancy Bunnell's high school sweetheart Tim lost her class ring. They had traded class rings in 1973 "like all couples going steady." Usually, Tim took hers off before playing football, Nancy told ABC News. The one day he didn’t, it disappeared.

"They looked everywhere," she told ABC. "Apparently he lost it out on the field."

She was disappointed. "I had his ring, and I wore it all the time .. I never got to wear mine," says Nancy. "It wasn't good at all," Tim told WCSH 6. "Every time I would come out there, I would look, because I coached there."

Recently, their local newspaper, the Ripon Record, reported a story about a similar ring that had been found under the football field. Nancy called the newspaper, but was told that the ring had already been claimed, the New York Daily News reports.

But when Nancy got out of her car on August 1, she saw some strangers in front of the house with a camera. "I thought, 'What is going on?'" she told ABC News. She opened the door and Tim was holding the ring he had lost almost 40 years ago. "I was so surprised the ring was found with barely a scratch on it," she told WCSH 6.

"Since he had originally lost it, he thought he should be the one to give it back to her," Fred, the couple's 33-year-old son, told ABC News.

Check out WCSH 6's story below: