It’s the ultimate ending to a great love story: a California couple married 67 years died holding hands and just five hours apart from one another in the comfort of their Easton home.
Floyd and Violet Hartwig reportedly died on Feb. 11 after pushing their hospital beds together and holding hands, reports Huffington Post. The couple, who met in elementary school, reportedly began dating in the 1940s, while Floyd was on leave from the Navy during World War II. When he returned overseas, he and Violet kept in contact by writing each other numerous love letters.
The couple married in 1947 and reportedly raised three children together.
Prior to their deaths, Floyd, 90, was reportedly diagnosed with cancer and suffered from kidney failure, while Violet, 89, suffered from dementia.
“You had a sense that they had a connection, and I think that connection just came more and more and especially in the last months of their lives,” daughter Donna Scharton reportedly told The Fresno Bee.
The couple was so in tune with one another that their breathing even became synchronized as they lay side by side and held hands, according to their family members.
“I think that’s what kept them going … that they each had the other one,” Scharton said. “They didn’t want to go without each other.” They got their wish. Floyd reportedly died first and Violet passed away five hours later. “We felt blessed because we knew that’s what they wanted,” Scharton said. “And when we went to the funeral home and saw the two caskets — it was meant to be. That’s the only way it could end.” Sources: Huffington Post, The Fresno Bee Photo Credit: The Fresno Bee, WikiCommons, Guian Bolisay/Flickr