Grace and Peter had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just five months before Grace died from cancer. Years before, he had mistakenly given away two very special keepsakes they’d made together. When he took his granddaughter, Ashley, to lunch one day he had no idea he’d be shedding tears with her at the end of their meal.
For Grace and Peter, it was love at first sight. They met while Peter was visiting his mother in Italy in the early 1960s and the pair married 40 days later. They remained married until last November when Grace sadly lost her life to cancer.
The couple moved to Connecticut shortly after their marriage where they started to raise a family. Grace was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. It returned a few years later forcing her to undergo another round of treatment.
“I was close with my wife,” Peter tells ABC News. “Anything she said, I would take care. Doctors, hospitals. I was with my wife all the time. And it made a lot of difference, for sick people to have support of the family. I was very supportive of my wife, that’s why she lasted 13 years.”
In 2009, while Grace was still battling breast cancer, an idea popped into Peter’s head. Each of them should sign a dollar bill and he’d keep it in his wallet, forever. They each put “Grace B.” and Peter B.” on the dollars.
But less than one year later, Peter accidentally spent the special dollars while grocery shopping.
“By mistake I went shopping,” he says. “I don’t know where I used the 2 dollars. I came home and told my wife… ‘Grace, I made a big mistake today. I’m never going to see the dollars again.’”
Four years after they signed those dollars, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Five months later, Grace died. But with a miracle from God, her spirit lives on…
Last week, Peter was eating lunch with his 14-year-old granddaughter, Ashley. He gave her a $10 bill to pay and the teen brought back the change. Peter received a bill he had seen before. It was signed by “Grace B.”
“I said, ‘Oh my God, Ashley, look.’ We started to cry,” Peter recalls. “We were so happy to get the dollar back. I never thought I’d get that dollar back.” “I told my granddaughter, we’re going to go straight to the cemetery, and tell nonna, my wife, that we got the dollar back.”
“I showed the dollar to my wife and said, ‘Grace, look, I got your dollar back.”
Peter credits Grace for making this miracle happen. “It’s got to be a miracle.”