Radio Station Grants Mother’s Christmas Wishes Two Years after Death

The wife and mother of four wanted three requests fulfilled when her husband found a life partner.

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This holiday season, a local radio station has helped carry out the final wishes of a wife and mother of four in Des Moines, Iowa, who passed away two years ago at 46, CNN and the Des Moines Register report.

When Brenda Schmitz was dying of stage 4 ovarian cancer, she addressed a letter to Star 102.5 FM’s Christmas Wish program in August 2011 and instructed an anonymous friend to give it to the station only when her husband, David, found a new wife who would help raise their four sons.

A few months ago, David asked Jayne Abraham to marry him. A week-and-a-half ago, the station received the letter, and on Dec. 19, host Colleen Kelly broadcasted Schmitz’s three requests: a spa day for David’s fiancé, a “magical trip” for the whole family, and a night out “full of drinks, food and fun” for the nurses and doctors who took care of Brenda and all of the other cancer patients at Mercy Medical Center. Full text of the letter is embedded on the Des Moines Register‘s website as well.

Star 102.5 FM and local businesses are fulfilling all three wishes and have booked the family a vacation to Disney World. As the Iowa newspaper reports, “David said he hopes the story can help other people who have lost loved ones to ‘know someone is watching out for them, giving them guidance.’”

24 comments
KevinFodor
KevinFodor

As a member of the broadcasting community, and having more than just passing knowledge of this radio station, its management and owners, this was a wonderful act for them to put together.   Yes, the radio business is accused of "doing things for ratings sake".  And, sometimes that is the case. But, there are some times that even big businesses show their human side.  That's what you see here. And for any and all of those detractors who say "radio is dead", "radio is not relevant any more", read this article.  If the human connection Star 102.5 made with its listeners doesn't sink in then...keep reading it until you "get it".

JenealleRabenaldt
JenealleRabenaldt

Amazing story.....God bless the entire family and there mom in heaven!!

I have no idea how the radio people held it together.....I cant stop crying

DavidHollenshead
DavidHollenshead

When a dying parent with young children acknowledge that their children will need a "new" mother or father, they are showing true love and compassion. Private letters from the dead are common, but by making this public, she saved her husband and his second wife the criticism from their community.

AlComfort
AlComfort

some times we don't know how lucky we are.


tylerjsmith89
tylerjsmith89

Too bad this dirtbag husband had to go get hitched with some broad just a short two years after his wife's death. She sounds like a saint and was likely too good for him. His kids will despise him for this and rightfully so.

ssejhill
ssejhill

This story is uplifting and saddening at the same time.  God bless people like Brenda Schmitz.

CCCavanaugh
CCCavanaugh

I can't help but believe she was one of the greatest moms ever.

bh9
bh9

What a sweet story. What a sweet lady.

emiller
emiller

Very nice of these businesses to do this for this valiant woman and good person! Hope she's up enjoying herself in heaven if there is one!

Suzenerica
Suzenerica

@tylerjsmith89 Gee Tyler, I'm going to guess that you're young and naive and with too little real life experience to pass such a judgment. The fact that you refer to this man's fiancee as a "broad" also tells me a little bit about you as a human being. And perhaps you are not very educated. However that would be judgmental of me now wouldn't it? That being said we are both entitled to an opinion. I can only hope that as you mature you will be blessed with a fantastic life that brings you no heartache and you become less judgmental.

BrandiNemerMastain
BrandiNemerMastain

@tylerjsmith89 You expect the guy to wait 15 years to remarry?  Seriously?  


What you don't understand about undying love is, you want to do whatever it takes to take care of those you love.  Even if it means to wish for a new spouse.  Not wanting the kids to be raised without a mothers love, or a husband to be lonely. 



starrlite921
starrlite921

Wow. You are a heartless soul. Love and grief have no time limit. I feel sorry for the amount of negativity and hate in your heart. Let go of the ones that have hurt you, love. Move on.

alienstarship
alienstarship

@tylerjsmith89

This is one of the problems in this world when someone who does not even know the person can have so much hate and say hateful words about them. What hate you say and put out on others will return to you, you might not believe it or think so but it will and has already started I believe.

TomWard
TomWard

@tylerjsmith89Your comment is devoid of compassion in a story completely filled with it. Get outta here.

BenCarlson
BenCarlson

@tylerjsmith89Also, I think it's pretty messed up to judge the father like that... He could have been like some who would have his mistress move right in right after his wife passed... That would make him a dirtbag...

BenCarlson
BenCarlson

@tylerjsmith89I don't think it makes him a dirtbag... If he stuck by his wife's side, and raised the kids himself for 2 years before committing to someone new, I don't think thats too fast... If his new wife is a good step-mom and loves the children as her own, that can only be positive for this kids. 4 children under the care of one person would be an insane responsibility... My wife and I have 3 under the age of 5, and a 4th on the way :-) But if something ever happened to her, I'd be waiting a good year at least before dating, and would only consider a woman who would accept myself with all the kids as a package. Thats a BIG responsibility to take on!

Our 2 oldest kids are not mine biologically. But they are mine, and i'm raising them as mine.

tylerjsmith89
tylerjsmith89

Let me guess, you're religious. So it's foolish for me to judge the dirtbag yet it's logical for you to think this is going to come back to haunt me. I bet you believe in aliens too. By the way, I don't hate the guy, I just think he is low.

tylerjsmith89
tylerjsmith89

And your last comment is moot. Just because he could have been an extreme dirtbag but chose to just be a standard dirtbag, does not make it better. You don't get patted on the back for something you're supposed to do.

tylerjsmith89
tylerjsmith89

I respect what you're saying but I thoroughly disagree. The way I look at it, he should wait until his children are grown before he brings a new woman in the house. I understand he is human and wouldn't blame him if he went out on dates and perhaps even fulfill some adult needs from time to time. But to get hitched and bring a woman in your children's home is not right. Two years is a very short amount of time. Again, Brenda sounds like a saint and it's just a shame that he's going to bring some new lady in the picture when he has small children who must still be healing from the worst loss of all.

starrlite921
starrlite921

So the children should have less love in their younger years, when they could have a loving stepmother and twice the love? Seems ridiculous to me.