A couple who had been married for 75 years fulfilled their wish to die in each other’s arms. The couple started dating when they were just 8-years-old. Ever since then, they have been together—right up until their last moment.
“Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember,” the couple’s daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman told KGTV in San Diego, California.
Jeanette Toczko, 96 and her 95-year-old husband, Alexander married in 1940. They celebrated their 75th anniversary together with their family just before the husband passed away, with his wife following the next day.
“My dad carried around a picture of my mother in her Holy Communion outfit in his wallet,” said Aimee.
Alexander liked to play golf. He played every day until he broke his hip in a fall, according to their daughter.
His health quickly declined. “He was going fast,” Aimee told KGTV. As Jeanette’s husband’s situation worsened, her own health also deteriorated.
A local hospice brought a bed to their home and set it up right next to his wife’s, as they had always wished to pass away together. Aimee remembered her parents always told them that, “they wanted to go in their own bed holding hands and in each other’s arms.”
On the last few days, Jeannette kept asking her children the date.
“She kept asking us, ‘What is today, what is today?’ We said it was June. She said it’s June 29th, and June 29th is their 75th wedding anniversary,” said their daughter.
“And we said happy anniversary, and my mother was thrilled to death because it was their anniversary and she knew that he was going and that they had made it to 75 years.”
Then the family left the room for them to share their final moments together.
After Alexander passed away, their daughter told her mother the news.
“I told my mother he was gone,” Aimee said. “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.’”
“I knew she wasn’t go to last too much longer,” added Aimee.
“Even the hospice nurse said it was the most incredible thing to see the two of them taking those last breaths together,” their daughter said, “They both entered the pearly gates holding hands.”
The couple was buried at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.