Real-Life 'Notebook' Couple Married 65 Years Die Just 12 Hours Apart

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couple holding handsIf you've watched The Notebook and thought that Allie and Noah dying just hours apart has to be one of the most heartwrenchingly romantic moments in all of movie history, you're not alone. If you've also thought to yourself, "Yeah, right, like that would ever happen in real life," hold on to your hat, cuz it totally just did!

LaVerne and Robert Werner, a Pennsylvania couple who were married 65 years ago after Robert returned from World War II, both passed away last week, only 12 hours apart ...

Their son, Barry Werner, told the local newspaper that his father had Alzheimer's disease, and his mother cared for him until four months ago when they were moved to a personal-care home where they shared a room. Barry explained that LaVerne passed away first -- probably as the result of small mini-strokes. And soon thereafter, Robert started to fade ...

Something was wrong. I could tell by his actions that something was bothering him. She went in peace and he did the same thing. I think he heard her calling -- that she told him that it was OK.

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Things like this definitely happen from time to time, and it's not as rare or "only in Hollywood" as we may think. Sometimes, people simply can't live without one another -- especially after spending most of their lives together. Not that there's anything wrong with outliving your spouse by several years -- I'm grateful both of my grandmas managed to do that despite being very much in love with my grandpas -- but clearly, there's something super romantic about it happening the way it did for this real-life Noah and Allie.

In the end, their son encapsulated his parents' relationship ...

They did everything together. They didn’t always agree with each other, but if one went, the other was going to follow soon.

Sounds like true love to me.

Are you inspired by this real-life Notebook couple?


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Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

Aww, that's lovel;love until the very end. I hope we are all lucky enough to find that kind of love...

jmama... jmama0307

Awww that is def true love. 

FarmG... FarmGirl84

My grandparents were married 64 years and passed away less then 48 hours apart from each other. My granpa took care of my grandma for over 10 years after she had a stroke. He was sick and didnt tell anyone, he passed on Sunday and my grandma on Tuesday. It really does happen.

Judith K Littles

Sad and sweet at the same time.

Jamie Lieb

So beautiful.. This gives me hope, something that I do not do if I can help it, sadly..

nonmember avatar Brenda

I've worked with Seniors for 12years and this isn't uncommon. Not at all. When one passes the other will follow soon after. After 65 years the heart can not imagine living without that person

nanny... nannyleigh

Many yrs ago when I was a girl it happened to an old couple I knew! The husband was in hospital and the wife was there in the family room to wait for him to return to his ward after some minor treatment! Sadly he had a massive heart attack while in the theatre! When the doctors went to tell his wife she was sat in the chair also dead from a massive heart attack also! Her family maintain when they went to the chapel of rest in the hospital to identify her body that she had a small smile on her lips and think it was her husband came for her to go together as they had never been apart for 70 yrs and that the smile proved she was happy to go! It still pulls at my heart strings to remember them they were so sweet together!

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