A lady from Massachusetts who just received a letter that had been sent by her late husband to his mother 76 years earlier was treated to a pleasant journey down memory lane when she read the letter.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivered the airmail envelope to Angelina “Jean” Gonsalves, who is 89 years old.
While John Gonsalves was serving his country in Germany in the years immediately after World War II, he penned the letter. The letter was sent to his mother, who had the same name as Angelina, but she had gone away many years before.
The letter had been transmitted from a postal facility in Pittsburgh, where it had been stamped with a six-cent postage stamp. Jean said that it was a bizarre experience to see John’s handwriting again after he passed away in 2015 at the age of 92.
“It’s been seventy-six years! When I glanced at the date, I found it hard to accept what I was seeing.” She remarked on how incredible it was that a letter from Johnny had somehow appeared out of nowhere.
The two pieces of long white paper that comprised the letter that was sent by the United States Postal Service with the date December 6, 1945. When John wrote it from Bad Orb, Germany, he was serving as an Army sergeant at the age of 22 at the time.
“Dear Mom — I was relieved to find out that everything is proceeding normally after receiving another letter from you today. As for me, I’m doing well and making it through everything just fine.”
John described the dreary weather in Germany in his letter and how he anticipated being able to return to the United States either around the end of January or at the beginning of February.
He ended the message with the words “Love and XXXX — Your Son, Johnny” and added a postscript that read, “I’ll be seeing you — soon, — I hope.” Jean, who had been married to John for the previous 61 years, said that the letter “sounded just like Johnny.”
In addition, the registered envelope had a message written by Stephen D. Stowell, who worked at the processing and distribution facility for the United States Postal Service in Pittsburgh.
“It was of the highest importance to us to get this letter to you as quickly as possible because of its antiquity and the role it played in the history of your family,” said Stowell. Jean said that she spoke to Stowell and thanked him for sending the letter to her without having it opened.
She shared her thoughts by stating, “They’re simply not sure what occurred, and I suppose it really doesn’t matter. I’m really overjoyed to be in possession of it.”
In 1949, Jean would meet her future husband, which was around five years after he had sent the letter. At the Marilyn Sandal Company in Stoneham, Massachusetts, where they both worked, they were colleagues.
Jean said that it was nice to finally own this piece of historical information pertaining to his life. “If I’m being really honest, getting a look into his background is such a pleasant and welcome surprise.”