Soldier’s Grave Plot Is Noticeably Greener And Mom Learns A Stranger Has Been Secretly Visiting

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

In May of 2014, Jake Reissig’s beloved wife of 65 years passed away. Jake and Liz had a storybook romance — a romance of which the heartbroken widower continues to this day.

You see, Jake has a beautiful daily routine in his Texas hometown. At 86 years old, he goes to church each morning. Then he meets one of his nine children for coffee. Then he returns home and clips roses off his garden. Finally, he goes to the Garden Park Cemetery where his wife, Liz, is laid to rest. Jake leaves the roses on her grave and waters the grass around her headstone.

In summer 2015, Texas faced a severe drought. Jake noticed the grass around Liz’s plot was drying up and turning brown, just like many of the other plots at the cemetery.

He made sure to water the grass around her stone until it returned to its bright green color.

It was on a summer day at the cemetery when Jake noticed a woman kneeling and crying over another grave.

Jake learned it was the grave of a fallen US soldier — and the crying woman was his sister.

What the old widower did next took the internet by storm…

Even though his wife of 65 years passed away, Jake Reissig has continued to write their epic love story.

Every day, Jake visits Liz’s grave at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, Texas. He leaves her flowers, tells her about his day and waters her plot, making sure to keep the grass surrounding her headstone green and healthy.

One day while watering Liz’s grass, Jake noticed a woman kneeling at another grave, sobbing.

He consoled the woman and learned the grave on which she knelt belonged to the woman’s brother — a fallen US soldier.

The US soldier was Joseph Anthony Villasenor, who enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1994 and served our country for 16 years.

Joseph loved all sports, but his favorite was softball. He was selected to pitch for the Charleston Air Force Base Air Force softball League and was on his way to play in a game when he was killed in a car accident.


On August 9, 2010, Joseph died at the age of 36.

Joseph’s sister left the cemetery, and Jake was moved about her story that he came up with a plan.

In addition to watering his wife’s grave every day, Jake decided to water Joseph’s as well.

He says it is the least he can do after all Joseph sacrificed for our country.


The next time Joseph’s parents, Rachel and Raymond, went to visit their son’s grave, they noticed the grass on his plot was a much brighter shade of green and was covered in more dew than the other plots.

At first, they thought it was a miracle. It comforted Rachel to think an angel was watching over Joseph, keeping his headstone safe.


But in reality, that angel was an old widower named Jake.

Rachel and Raymond eventually spotted Jake standing there. They were blown away by the man’s kindness and they all embraced with a hug.

After Jake’s son Roger posted the story about his dad, a soldier and the cemetery on Facebook, it went viral.

Now, at the Garden Park Cemetery, there are two grave sites where the grass is just a little bit greener.


“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,” Rachel says.

Jake is such a compassionate, selfless man. We need more people in this world like him. If you agree, please SHARE this unbelievable story with your friends on Facebook!

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