The letter was returned almost six years to the day after his wife's death.
A 96-year-old World War II veteran has been reunited with a love letter his wife wrote him in 1945.
Melissa Fahy in New Jersey found the letter in a gap under her stairs while doing home renovations. The letter had presumably sat there for over 70 years, a local NBC affiliate reported.
“I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun, and that is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me,” a woman named Virginia wrote to her husband, Rolf Christofferson, a Norwegian Navy sailor who served with the allies during World War II.
“Here’s a warm, warm kiss for my sweet Norske and a prayer that you’ll be home with me soon,” she wrote, signing the letter, “Until death do us part.”
The New Jersey family posted about the letter on Facebook and was able to connect with Christofferson and his son in California. While Rolf is still alive, the letter was returned to him almost six years to the day after Virginia died.
“In a way, I guess it’s his wife coming back and making her memory alive again,” Fahy told NBC.
It’s not the first time good Samaritans have made an effort to reunite a letter with its proper owner. In one strange case, a supermarket worker in the U.K. discovered a World War II-era letter in the lost and found and was able to reunite it with the descendants of the woman who wrote it.
Another U.K. man who discovered some 14,000 dog tags from WWII has set out to reunite all of them with their owners or their owners' relatives.