Couple Married 67 Years Die Within Hours of Each Other Without Knowing It

When Olympia DeNittis died last week at the age of 95, her family decided not to tell her husband of 67 years about her passing. The two were being treated in separate care facilities just miles apart, and they hoped that Michael DeNittis, 94, would continue to fight his four-year battle with colon cancer if he believed his wife was still alive.

Instead, his family reports that he dreamed of his own death on the night his wife died, and he quietly slipped away the next day. The couple's granddaughter AnnMarie McDonald said, “It was bizarre ... I think instinctually he knew she had died.”

The two grew up in the same neighborhood and had been childhood sweethearts. They married after World War II and, according to the family, had a great romance and were inspirational to many. McDonald said, “They were both remarkable people. We relied on their guidance and insight until the end. And now they’re together.”

The granddaughter also said that Olympia was dying of a broken heart (although it was pneumonia that finally took her) and that she wanted to get to Heaven first so she could be there to welcome him.

While death is always sad, there is something valiant about living a life with love so deep that you sense a part of you dying when your soul mate passes away. Michael had no way of knowing about Olympia’s death, yet he dreamed that he had died. Not that she had died, but that he himself had.

What a sweet and poignant tribute to love and to a long and fruitful life on Earth. It’s obvious they will be missed here, but I hope their story continues to be an inspiration to many.

Have you known an elderly couple that has passed away days apart?


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adamat34 adamat34

They are together with Jesus.

nonmember avatar Dee

Not days apart, but decades. My grandmother was 20 years junior to my grandfather. He passed in 1977. Twenty-odd years later, grandma was going downhill in a rehab home and the day before she passed she had a dream about Frank coming to see her and comfort her ....... she was very religious. She had never talked about any dreams about grandpa or anything like that before. It was very sweet to know she had that comfort from him hours before her journey.

Manth... Manthie717

Not days apart. My grandparents passed away 4 months apart after being married just about 71 yrs. My grandfather passed away in his sleep on May 24, 2010 and the ambulance was called for him at 3:10 in the afternoon. My grandmother passed away after a short battle with liver cancer on September 24, 2010 at 3:10 in the afternoon. I miss them both dearly but I also know they are still together and we as a family still think of them on a daily basis. My dad says he feels like an orphan now that both his parents are gone.

I pray for this family as they remember all the special times and the joy that these two lovely people brought into their lives. May they both Rest in Peace.

nonmember avatar JennaB

Awww we should all be so lucky to find a love that strong! Although it is a double loss; I hope the fact that they are together will give the family peace.

nonmember avatar Elizabeth

My ex-husband's step grandmother passed away exactly one month after his grandfather passed away.

nonmember avatar ChanS

After having been married for 56 years, my grandparents died within 4 days of each other. My grandfather said that my grandmother came to him in his dream and said its time to come home. He died in his sleep the next morning.

dfcin... dfcinnamon

My mother knew a couple that dies within hours of each other.  After they have lived together that many years, it is just instinct to know when the other has died.  Now they can be together forever again, but in heaven and without any pain.

nonmember avatar Foster

This story made me cry! I'm not religious and don't know if there is a Heaven or not but her wanting to pass first so she could welcome him is my favourite part of the whole thing! I hope there is a Heaven so that she could get her wish

sabri... sabrina_ervin

So sweet it reminds us there is still true everlasting love out there

akpap... akpapawifey

My parents neighbors pasted exacy 1 month apart...

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