Many of us dream of a fairytale romance in which we fall madly in love with someone and spend the rest of our days with them, all the way into old age. Few of us, however, get to experience that quite like this elderly couple did, who have a love story that spans nearly nine decades.
The two met when they were just eight years old, and after 75 years of marriage, died peacefully in eachother’s arms. This is their love story.
The Power of Love: A Tale, and Couple, as Old as Time
Jeannette and Alexander Toczko began dating when they were just eight years old, and were married in 1940.
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“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.
The couple lived happily and healthfully until Alexander, an avid golf player, broke his hip in a fall, when they were both in the nineties. Alexander’s health began to quickly deteriorate afterwards, and as his health suffered, so did Jeanette’s.
They knew that time was short, so a local hospice brought a bed for Alexander into their home and set it up next to his wife’s.
“they wanted to go in their own bed holding hands and in each other’s arms.” Aimee recalls her parents telling her.
They made it to their 75th Anniversary
Jeanette and Alexander, 96 and 95 respectively, made it to their 75th wedding anniversary on June 29th. After a brief celebration, the family left the room to allow the couple to have some privacy knowing Alexander was in his last moments. He passed peacefully in Jeanette’s arms.
“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.’”
The family knew that it wasn’t long for Jeanette either. She passed less than 24 hours later.
Jeannette and Alexander are a marvelous example of the power of love and that life-long romance is possible.
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