While renovating her home in Westfield, New Jersey, Melissa Fahy and her father pulled up some boards only to find an old yellow letter that had literally slipped through the cracks… sometime around 1945. The typed letter, they discovered, was a love note written by Virginie Christoffersen dated May 4, 1945, to her husband, Rolf E. Christoffersen, who was serving in WWII. It was a beautiful and eloquently written letter.
Fahy became determined to get the letter into the hands of the Christoffersen’s or their families, so she looked up the last name online using Facebook and got a response within 2 hours! Fahy was able to locate Rolf Christoffersen, 96, all the way in southern California.
Although Rolf Christoffersen was able to read the letter, his wife Virginie had passed away 6 years ago. The discovery brought back dear memories of when he served in the Norwegian Navy and of his love for his wife. “I was so surprised after all these years. I was very happy to find out that a letter like that existed. I am still very emotional,” Christoffersen said, according to CNN.
“I love you, Rolf, as I love the warm sun, and that is what you are for my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me,” Virginie wrote in her letter.
Although the letter was marked ‘Return-to-Sender’ and never found its way home, 72 years later, the Christoffersen family was able to reconnect to a special moment with Virginie.
“It’s a great insight into my mom’s thinking and how she always was a loving and committed wife,” said Robin, the daughter of the Christoffersen’s. She read the letter out loud to her father as he reminisced. In the letter Virginie talks about how she’s doing while carrying the couple’s child.
Fahy connected with Rolf and his daughter via a video chat session. Both thanked her for making the effort to bring that letter to them and were grateful for her diligence and compassion.
Source: Imagine Receiving a Love Letter That Was Written to You 72 Years Ago–This Man Did by Good News Network and 96-Year-Old Man Reunites With Lost Love Letter Woman Found Inside Her Home on YouTube. Also, “A lost love letter finds its recipient after 72 years” from CNN and The Greatest Generation Foundation Facebook Page.