In May 2014, Jake Reissig sadly lost his beloved wife of 65 years. Jake and Liz were the ideal love story, a true romance which the heartbroken widower still continues to maintain even after her passing.
Jake who at the age of 86, has a daily routine he likes to follow in his Texas hometown of Conroe. Each morning, Jake goes to church, then he meets up with one of his nine children for coffee.
Jake then returns home to clip some roses from his garden before heading to the Garden Park Cemetery where his wife Liz is buried. Jake leaves the roses on her grave and he waters the grass around her headstone.
In the summer of 2015, Texas faced quite a severe drought and Jake noticed Liz’s plot was starting to brown and dry out like many other plots in the cemetery.
He continued to water the grass around her stone to bring the vibrant green grass back to the plot. But he noticed a woman kneeling and crying over another grave nearby.
Jake found out that the grave was of a fallen US soldier and the crying lady was the man’s sister.
The grave belonged to Joseph Anthony Villasenor. He was enlisted in the US Air Force in 1994 where he served for 16 years
Joseph sadly passed away on August 9, 2010, at the age of 36. As Joseph’s sister left the cemetery, Jake came up with a plan as he was moved by Joseph’s story.
Each day he watered his wife’s grave, he would water Joseph’s as well. Jake felt it was the least he could do for all Joseph had sacrificed for his country.
The next time Joseph’s parents, Rachel and Raymond went to visit the grave, they noticed the grass on his plot was a bright shade of green compared to some of the other plots.
They thought it was a miracle and Rachel got comfort thinking there was an angel watching over Joseph. That angel was, in fact, an old widower called Jake.
Eventually, Raymond and Rachel spotted Jake watering the grass one day and they were so moved by his kindness. Immediately, the couple decided to give the man a hug.
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.
Jake has been watering graves ever since. His gesture may have seemed small to him, but it meant the world to Joseph’s family.
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