When Jake Reissig’s wife passed away, the heartbroken widower made sure their love never died. Each day the Texas senior would visit the cemetery where his beautiful wife was, leave roses for her and water the grass around her headstone.
The two were married for 65 years and had nine children, who Jake sees as often as possible for coffee. Then one day he noticed a woman crying over another grave so asks her if she’s alright. What Mr Reissig does next will restore your faith in humanity.
It was on a hot summer’s day at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe Texas, the kind of heat that makes the grass turn brown, that Mr Reissig learned about this sobbing woman’s story and was moved to take action.
He’d just finished telling his much-loved wife about his day and was watering the parched grass around the headstone when he noticed the lady and asked if she was okay.
He learned the grave belonged to the woman’s brother — a fallen US soldier called Joseph Anthony Villasenor, who had served our country for 16 years.
Joseph loved all sports, but his favorite was softball. He was selected to pitch for the Charleston Air Force Base Air Force softball League and was on his way to play in a game when he was killed in a car accident. He was just 36 years old.
Mr Reissig was so moved by her story that he wanted to do his bit to help her and to honor her brother. So, he started to water Joseph’s grave as well as his wife’s every day.
When Joseph’s parents, Rachel and Raymond, went to visit their son’s grave, they couldn’t believe how green their son’s plot was. Rachel thought it was a miracle.
“It was just incredible to know that a stranger would take that much time and care for our son who he didn’t even know,” Rachel says.
Find out more about this thoughtful and dedicated man in the video below. How proud his family must be of him!
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