Death is never an easy to thing to cope with. But it goes without saying that no parent should ever have to bury their child. Unfortunately, for the families of service men and women who risk their lives for America, this is part of the risk and sacrifice their parents face on a daily basis.
United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Joseph Villasenor passed away at the age of 36 years old. Raymond and Rachel Villasenor shared an incredible story about the unfortunate death of their son Joseph and the miracle they experienced shortly after.
Joseph Villasenor served his country for sixteen years before he lost his life tragically in 2010. One day, while visiting his grave at the Garden Park Cemetery in Arlington, Texas, Joseph’s mother Rachel Villasenor noticed something strange – her son’s grave was covered with a trail of beautiful, green grass while nearly all of the other graves were covered with dead grass and dirt.
Was this a miracle of God or the act of one of God’s beautiful children? The Villasenor family was about to find out for themselves…
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.
What Rachel and her husband Raymond were not aware of was a chance-encounter between her daughter and an old man named Jake Reissig a few months earlier. One day, 86 years old Jake Reissig was visiting his wife Liz’s grave. Jake and Liz Reissig enjoyed a story-book 65 years of marriage with nine beautiful children before Liz laid to rest. Since losing the love of his life, Jake developed a daily routine that he stuck to every single day without fail…J
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One day while visiting his wife’s grave as part of his daily routine, Jake noticed a young woman sobbing by a gravestone nearby. Jake went over to comfort the woman and later discovered that the woman was Joseph Villasenor’s sister. Joseph’s sister told Jake Reissig that she was crying because Joseph had been taken from the world far too soon.
While he knew nothing would replace the loss of their son and brother, when Jake left the cemetery that day, he promised himself that he would do something special for Joseph and his family.
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.
Jake Reissig also watering his wife’s grave
When they found out what Jake had been doing for their son Joseph’s grave, Raymond and Rachel Villasenor were overcome with tears of joy. They embraced the old man for his kind gesture.
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.
Jake has been watering graves ever since. His gesture may have seemed small to him, but it meant the world to Joseph’s family.
Villasenor Family with Jake Reissig
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