- A couple in Ohio died five hours apart on Christmas Eve, holding hands while they breathed their last breaths
- The couple, Bill and Nancy Schafraths, had been married for 64 years before leaving for the great beyond at Brookdale Senior Living in Wooster, Ohio
- Bill and Nancy, who enjoyed playing cards and spending a lot of time outdoors, did not have any children
A couple that had been married for 64 years died five hours apart on Christmas Eve, holding hands as they rested in eternal love.
The husband, identified as Bill Schafrath, died at approximately 7am while his wife, Nancy, died at approximately 11am, Daily Mail reported.
Briefly.co.za gathered that 88-year-old Bill and 85-year-old Nancy passed away at Brookdale Senior Living in Wooster, Ohio, where they had been living for the past year.
The couple's niece, Pat Cornelius, said the couple's beds were pushed together when Bill could not get out of bed any more.
He said: "In the last couple weeks, when he couldn't get out of bed any more, we'd push their beds together in the middle of the room.
"So they literally held hands for the last week of their life."
The couple's nephew, identified as John Moritz, said the couple knew they were going to die together.
Moritz said: "It's almost like they decided that if one went, the other would go, too. Somehow they knew."
The Schafraths, who enjoyed playing cards and spending a lot of time outdoors, did not have any children.
According to Cornelius, Bill grew his own tomatoes and liked to cook.
Cornelius said: "He was a cook in the Army, and so he did all the cooking for them. And he loved taking care of his beautiful home and garden outside. Everything was meticulous all the time."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a 94-year-old man, Herbert Delaigle and his 88-year-old wife, Frances, passed away on the same day. The couple, who had been married for 71 years, died just hours apart.
Herbert and Frances passed away on Friday, 12 July, 2019. Herbert had died in the morning and his wife died just 12 hours after.
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