Couple Married for 75 Years Dies in Each Other's Arms

Oh my gosh, pass the hanky, because this is the kind of love story that legends are made of. A husband and wife married for 75 years both died in each other's arms, fulfilling their lifelong goal of spending their final days together.


San Diego couple Alexander and Jeannette Toczko said they fell in love when they were just 8 years old, but waited until 1940 to wed. They never left each other's sides, right up until the end when their beds were pushed up against each other in the same hospice room.

They passed away on June 17, only 12 days shy of their diamond anniversary. According to their children, they always dreamed of leaving this world together, after a long and fulfilling life. After Al, 95, broke his hip last month, his health declined rapidly. "He was going fast," said son Richard Toczko.

Hospice workers brought a bed to the couple's home, and put it right next to 96-year-old Jeannette's bed.

Aimee Toczko-Cushman said her mom "kept asking us, 'What is today? What is today?' We said it was June. She said, 'It's June 29.'" That's the day they would have been married for 75 years. Even though they passed a few days shy, the family bought balloons and flowers and celebrated anyway.

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As they celebrated, Richard Tockzo said they could tell that Alexander wasn't go to make it much longer. "You could could see a change in his breathing," he said.

About 30 minutes after that, he died in his sweetheart's arms -- "which is exactly what he wanted," said Aimee.

"I went in there and told my mother he was gone," the couple's daughter continued. "She hugged him and she said [to him]: 'See, this is what you wanted. You died in my arms and I love you. I love you. Wait for me. I'll be there soon.'"

She was right. Just 24 hours later, Jeannette joined her love in the afterlife. Richard recounted of his parents' lifelong love story, "They entered the pearly gates, holding hands."

Love like that is rare, which makes stories like this even more special. No one likes death and losing loved ones, but it's easier when it's at the end of a long life well lived.

Can you imagine loving someone this much?


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