'My Darling:' Oak Park family unearths parents' 99 wartime love letters

Mary Kincannon asked that the 99 wartime love letters between her and her husband be read after she died in 2013.

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KATHLEEN KINCANON NOSEK: We'll be so happy when we are together again. I love you so much, Bernie, and I always will.

SARAH SCHULTE: Kathleen Kincanon Nosek and her sister read a letter penned by their mother Mary to their father Bernie in 1944 while he was overseas during World War II. It is one of 99 letters Kathleen unearthed a few years ago while helping her mother move out of their family home. But Mary Kincannon had one request.

KATHLEEN KINCANON NOSEK: She said, yeah, you can read them when I'm gone. And I'm like, OK, and I stuffed them back in where they were.

SARAH SCHULTE: Four years after Mary Kincannon died in 2013, her five children agreed to read the letters. Most begin with the word darling.

KATHLEEN KINCANON NOSEK: We're reading these words that were jumping off the pages, and we're like, oh my God, this is my dad? You know, it just still makes me very emotional.

MICHAEL KINCANON: They were real sweet with each other, really. That was amazing because we never saw that.

SARAH SCHULTE: The Kincanon children say the letters not only showed an emotional side of their parents they never saw, but also the hardship of war. Bernie met Mary in 1942 when he was a Major League Baseball pitcher. The couple fell hard for each other before marrying in 1944. Bernie joined the Army and was sent overseas.

KATHLEEN KINCANON NOSEK: I can't ever tell you how much I miss being with you, and especially now when you need me.

SARAH SCHULTE: Kathleen reads the last letter her father sent her mother three days before he was taken prisoner of war by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. Mary was pregnant with her first child, Michael. Thankfully, Bernie made it home a few months later. He lived long enough to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary before passing away 21 years ago.

KATHLEEN KINCANON NOSEK: Did the guy who went away, was he different than the guy that came home? I think there has to be a yes there.

SARAH SCHULTE: Kathleen has taken the 99 letters and turned them into a book, appropriately titled, "My Darling."

KATHLEEN KINCANON NOSEK: I think that dad and mom would be very proud of it. They had a love story, and it deserves to be told.

SARAH SCHULTE: Sarah Schulte, ABC 7, Eyewitness News.