Childhood sweethearts married for 75 years die holding hands

By Samantha Luiz
03 July 2015

Jeanette and Alexander Toczko always told their children that they wished to die in each other’s arms. When the time came after 75 years of marriage, their wish was fulfilled.

Jeanette and Alexander Toczko always told their children that they wished to die in each other’s arms. When the time came after 75 years of marriage, their wish was fulfilled.

The couple, from San Diego, hated being apart from one another. "They were boyfriend and girlfriend when they were 8 years old,” explains their son Richard.
'Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember'

"My dad carried around a picture of my mother in her Holy Communion outfit in his wallet," added daughter Aimee.

"Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember."

A few weeks ago, before the couple could celebrate their anniversary on 29 June, Alexander suffered a broken hip, leaving him bedridden. Jeanette’s health also started to get worse.

Remembering what the couple would have wanted, the hospice was able to bring a bed for Alexander into their home, positioning it right beside the one Jeannette was using.

Later, his father died in his beloved’s arms.

"And he died in her arms, which is exactly what he wanted. I went in there and told my mother he was gone; she hugged him and she said, '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,'" recalled Aimee.

About 24 hours later, Jeanette joined her husband.

"They both entered the pearly gates holding hands," said Richard.

The couple was buried on June 27 during a joint funeral and celebration of their 75th wedding anniversary.

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Sources: huffingtonpost.com, abcnews.go.com, elitedaily.com

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