Alexander and Jeannette Toczko (ages 95 and 96) had a life long love story. One that movies are made of. Both born in 1919, both born to immigrants from Poland. Alexander, affectionately known as Al, was the youngest of 8 and Jeannette the second youngest of 9. They met when they were 8 years old and their puppy love blossomed into to real love and a long, wonderful, adventure filled life together. Their life together was filled with love and family, having 5 kids, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
WWII veteran Al broke his hip in a fall and his health subsequently declined. Jeannette fell ill not long after and both were bed bound. Hospice workers pushed their beds together so they would not be separated. As their health declined Jeannette told her kids the date was June 29 and it was their anniversary and how thrilled she was that they made it to 75 years before dying. Her children went along with it and wished them both happy anniversary.
Their wishes were to die in each others’ arms. When Al passed, on June 17, Jeannette hugged him and told him
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.
Approximately 24 hours later Jeannette passed away holding her husband’s hand. The hospice nurse even said it was the most incredible thing she had ever seen. Both passed just days before their anniversary. Family said their final goodbyes and a celebration of their 75th anniversary in a joint funeral on June 27th.