By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
KCTV5 brought viewers the story earlier this week of a man who lost his mom and, after she died at the hospital, her wedding ring went missing. A man in Saint Louis, MO, saw the story and wants to help in a very special way.
"I've had people at her favorite grocery store come up to me with tears in their eyes because of what happened," Dane Weller said.
It's been a very difficult few weeks for Weller, an Overland Park resident. Not only did his mother pass away recently at St. Luke's South, but her wedding ring, which was still on her hand when she died, went missing.
Vicki Weller's dying wish was that her first born granddaughter receives the ring as a family heirloom. It appears Weller can't fulfill the last promise he made his mother, but amidst all the heartbreak came a call Friday that changed everything.
"I'm overwhelmed with your offer," Dane Weller said while on the phone.
He was talking to a representative of Don Henefer Jewelers. The St. Louis area company saw KCTV5's story on Monday and decided they had to do something, so they've offered to replace the ring complete with a special engraving in memory of Dane Weller's mother, free of charge.
"After awhile I realized that doesn't surprise me because there are far more good people in this world than there are bad people," he said.
Dan Weller knows a new ring can never hold the same sentimental value as the one his mother wore for so many years, but he said the offer means so much to his family.
"It definitely isn't the same but, then again, it's somebody else sharing their love with our family," he said.
Dane Weller comes from a very proud family and they aren't used to taking gifts from people, so he said he's going to talk with his brother and niece to decide what they will do. He wanted to enforce that he's extremely grateful for the offer.
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