An Iowa mom-of-four has given her seal of approval to her husband’s new fiancée — two years after she died.
Brenda Schmitz, who died of ovarian cancer in August 2011, had written a letter to a Des Moines radio station KSTZ asking them to fulfill three special wishes.
She entrusted the letter to a friend, asking her not to send it until husband David had found happiness again with someone new.
Her letter was then sent to KSTZ, and formed part of a long-running program where it grants Christmas wishes to listeners.
David Schmitz was brought into the radio station, but did not know what was happening until the letter was read out by the station’s host.
“‘When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer.”
“I told (my friend) once my loving husband David had moved on in his life and had met someone to share his life with again, to mail this letter to all of you at the station.”
Brenda Schmitz requested a Christmas Wish be asked for upon her husband David getting engaged, which he did to fiancee Jane.
She then asked that Jane be treated to a spa day.
“She deserves it,” the loving mother wrote. “Being a stepmother to all those boys and especially giving little Max a mother’s love that only she can give. Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me.”
“Thank you, I love you, whoever you are.”
Max was Brenda’s youngest and just 2 years old when she died. Jane also has two children of her own.
She also asked for the family to be taken on a trip and for the medical staff who cared for her to be given a night out.
“A night out full of drinks, food and fun for all they do every day for the cancer patients they encounter.”
Her clearly emotional husband David fought back tears as he listened to the letter.
“It’s not surprising,” he said, “’cause the last year and a half she’s shown so many signs that she’s there,” he said.
The radio station said it was able to carry out all three wishes, with family heading to Walt Disney World in Florida.