This story ends with a new headstone for Jerome Moletto, but it started with a simple request: "blow grandpa a kiss when you drive by".
That's what Moletto's daughter asked Sharon Addison to do when she moved to Watertown to become city manager.
The two had been friends in Maryland and when Moletto heard about Addison's move, she had to ask her pal to look for her grandfather's Watertown grave, even though Moletto had never seen it.
And when Addison looked, she couldn't find the grave either. So Addison called Kathy Plante-Hunt who manages the Arsenal Street Cemetery in Watertown. Plante-Hunt searched for months until she found it.
"It feels very good to make a difference in the lives of these people and have everything come full circle with the family," said Plante-Hunt.
It's been 91 years since Jerome was buried at the cemetery. At the time, his loved ones couldn't afford to bury him with a headstone but Moletto was not forgotten. The family, who traveled from Maryland and around the tri-State area, bought Moletto a headstone and then gave him a memorial service.
"It's beautiful I never knew him but it's nice to know that he looks loved and he gave a lot of love," said Darlene Striano.
The present for Jerome , a new headstone, but the family had a present too, standing together to honor Jerome Moletto , a man they say was filled with love.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, Watertown, NY