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Wife's Christmas wishes fulfilled years after her death

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A note written to an Iowa radio station is getting worldwide attention. The letter proves the power of everlasting love.

The radio station has an annual tradition: listeners send in "wish letters" and the hosts select a handful of wishes that they'll grant. They've been fulfilling Christmas dreams for more than twenty years -- but they had never received a letter quite like this.

Last week the hosts of Des Moines radio station Star 102.5 invited listener David Schmitz to their annual Christmas show but they did not reveal to David who had sent in the wish for his family.

"They said it was too personal to get into it on the phone," Schmitz recalls.

That morning, one of the hosts read the letter on the air: "Hello my name is Brenda Schmitz. When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle with ovarian cancer," the letter reads in part.

The letter was dated August 3rd, 2011. Brenda passed away less than two months after writing the note, which she had left with a friend.

"I told her once my loving husband David had moved on in his life, and met someone to share his life with again to mail this letter to all of you at the station," Brenda explains in the letter. 

David recently met and fell in love with Jayne Abraham and proposed to her in September.

In her letter, Brenda had 3 last wishes for David, their four songs and David's new partner.

"I was hoping that one small act you could do for me could change their lives forever and they know I am with them always," Brenda writes.

First, a weekend of pampering for David's new partner.

"Make her smile, and know her efforts are truly appreciated by me," Brenda says. "Perseverance will prevail. Thank you. I love you whoever you are."

Her second wish was to David and their children.

"For my family, a magical trip. Somewhere where they all can enjoy their companionship as a family and make memories that will be with them forever."

Lastly, Brenda wanted to give a night of food and fun to the hospital staff that cared for her during her final days.

"She had great foresight," David says of Brenda after receiving the letter.

She also left a separate letter addressed to David's new wife.

"The biggest thing was that she said a the end of the letter she said I love you," Jayne says after reading Brenda's letter. "That was the hardest most gracious thing that I received."

A number of local businesses chipped in to make Brenda's wish come true. They collected donations, and will be sending the family to Disney World.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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