Radio Station Grants Dead Woman's Christmas Wish To Husband

Radio Station Grants Dead Woman's Christmas Wish To Husband, Family

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Des Moines, IA -

(FOX 11) An Iowa woman who died in 2011 has left her family a gift from beyond the grave.

Brenda Schmitz died of ovarian cancer more than two years ago at the age of 46, but a month before she died, she prepared a special posthumous gift to her family.

She wrote a letter addressed to a Des Moines radio station, and told a close friend to mail it after her husband had mourned her, moved on, and found a new love.

The friend did her part, and the station received the letter shortly after the husband, David Schmitz, became engaged.

Star 102.5 invited Schmitz into the station last week to share the message in the letter.

This is what Brenda wrote:

"When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer," the letter read. "I am writing this letter to be sent to you by a dear friend who has instructions to do so when it was the time.

"I had to type this because I can hardly type anymore because of my shakiness. I told her 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."

"As I was thinking about my last months on earth," she continued, "I told David my wishes after I was gone that I believed he'd follow through with the attitude and courage I know he possesses, what a great husband and father he is. I know all of this is extremely hard on him. He is the one making the best decisions from here on out for my family and ultimately finding a caring and compassionate woman in time to help raise the boys. She must be quite a lady."

Brenda shared her wishes for what she called "David's new lifelong partner."  The first was a week of pampering in all aspects of her life, and added "Thank you.  I love you, whoever you are."

Brenda asked  the station for a "magical trip" for the family of 8, and a "night out full of drinks, food and fun" for her doctors at Mercy Medical Hospital.

The station asks for Christmas letters from listeners every year, and with the help of its sponsors, grants the wishes of the one that they think is the best.

This year, there was no doubt that the winner was Brenda's letter.

Local businesses helped out the station by granting all of the wishes Brenda wrote in the letter, including a four-day trip to Disney World for her family.

 "In more than 20 years of granting Christmas wishes, we've never received a wish quite like the one we received from Brenda Schmitz," the station wrote on its website.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the room when we got [the letter]," station manager Scott Allen told the Des Moines Register.

Schmitz says he's not too surprised by his late wife's generous gesture, saying that in the last two years, he's seen many signs that she's still around.

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