WOBURN, Mass – Stop complaining about slow mail delivery. It took a long time for this letter to reach its destination.
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A letter sent to his mother in Massachusetts from an army sergeant stationed in Germany shortly after World War II ended is finally delivered.
As Sergeant WFXT-TV reports, 22-year-old John Gonsalves, who was stationed at Bad Orb in central Germany, wrote to his mother in Woburn on December 6, 1945. It was given on December 9, 2021 – 75 years after the young soldier wrote to his mother.
The letter lay uncovered before it was found at a US Postal Service delivery facility in Pittsburgh, the television station reported.
“Dear Mother. Received another letter from you today and glad to hear that everything is fine,” Gonsalves wrote in his note. “As far as I am concerned, I am fine and getting on well. But As far as the food is concerned, most of the time it’s pretty substandard.”
According to Findagrave.com and his obituary, Gonsalves, a longtime resident of Woburn, was born on August 4, 1923, and died on September 13, 2005.
According to online obituary records, Gonsalves’ mother, Angelina Pestana Gonsalves, died in Boston on April 29, 1976. However, postal workers were able to find an address for Gonsalves’ widow, Angelina “Jean” Gonsalves, reported WFXT.
The couple were married five years after John Gonsalves wrote a letter to his mother, the television station reported.
On December 9, 2021, 89-year-old Angelina Gonsalves opened a package from a man she had been married to for 61 years, but did not know as a young soldier.
“Imagine that! Twenty-six years!” Angelina Gonsalves told WFXT on Tuesday. “I just couldn’t believe it. And then just his handwriting and everything. It was just so wonderful.”
The postal service also included a note.
“We are unsure where this letter has been for the past more than seven decades, but it arrived at our facility about six weeks ago,” the letter reads. “Due to the age and importance of your family history … it was extremely important for us to deliver this letter.”
WFXT reports that the Gonsalves family called the facility to thank them for delivering the letter.
John Gonsalves ended his letter with the note, “Love and kisses, your son Johnny. I’ll see you soon, I hope.”
“It’s like he came back to me, you know? Really. It was amazing,” said Angelina Gonsalves, who turns 90 this month. “He was a nice guy. He really was. Everybody loved him.”
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