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‘Until death us do part’

Long-lost letter shows love never dies

Rolf and Virginia Christofferson
Virginia and Rolf Christofferson are shown here, along with the letter she wrote to him during World War II. Images: Rolf Christofferson, Melissa Fahy

The Andrews Sisters’ hit “Rum and Coca Cola” might have been playing on the radio in 1945 when Virginia Christofferson wrote a love letter to her husband Rolf, a sailor in the Norwegian Navy.

Pregnant with their child, she wrote about doctor visits and how much she missed her “favorite pin-up boy.”

“Please be a very good boy and stay away from rum-and-cocoa-cola! Until death us do part,” she wrote.

The postmarked letter somehow fell into a crevice in the Christoffersons’ Westfield, NJ, house, where it remained until Melissa Fahy recently bought the residence and began renovating it.

That’s when the letter fell out from behind a wall.

“When I read it, I just couldn’t believe the love and admiration she had for her husband. You didn’t have texting, you didn’t have email then,” Fahy told the NBC station in New York.

Fahy used social media and found Rolf Christofferson’s son, who lives in California near his father, and sent him the letter.

For 96-year-old Rolf, the lost love letter was particularly poignant. Virginia died six years ago.

“I was very happy to find out that a letter like that existed. I am still very emotional,” he told CNN.

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