INTERNATIONAL: Couple married 69 years dies minutes apart, holding hands

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shutterstock_110911754NY POST – An Illinois couple showed how deep their love for each other was to the very end, dying minutes apart Saturday while holding hands.

Isaac and Teresa Vatkin, who were married for 69 years, died “peacefully” beside each other at Highland Park Hospital in Illinois, according to their obituary.

As it became clear their time together was nearing an end, the hospital staff brought their beds together, and the family positioned the lovebirds to be hand in hand, the Daily Herald reported.

“I didn’t want them to be scared,” granddaughter Debbie Handler told the Daily Herald. “I thought maybe if they knew the other was there, it would help.”

Teresa, 89, died first, with her 91-year-old husband, Isaac passing away 40 minutes later — just moments after his wife’s bed was taken from the room.

“His hand was on top of hers. He was trying to breathe. And then, as they wheeled her out, his hand was hanging over the bed. I turned around, and he wasn’t breathing anymore,” son Leo Vatkin told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The couple met in Argentina, marrying in 1947 and eventually moving to the U.S. They settled down in Skokie, Illinois, where they raised three kids.

Isaac became his wife’s caretaker after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and his family believes that remained true even in the final moments of their love story.

“The moment he felt we removed her hand from his, he was able to say ‘OK, I’m done protecting her. I can go and rest as well,’ ” said their son Daniel Vatkin. “The ultimate in chivalry — so he could go to heaven and open the door for her.”

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6 comments

  1. Wow what's beautiful love story that brought tears to my eyes..wish i could marry their son..so i can have a wonderful love story lime this..goodbye love birds..rest in perfect ✌

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  2. This is a beautiful Love story that brought tears to my eyes...wish i could marry the son..maybe ill get a life story like this..may they rest in perfect peace..

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  3. This is exactly the love life that I deserve Cuz I have a golden heart, (.a heart to love) .Wow, wow , wow, loving so deep.Lord give me a husband like him from Heaven, Am overweheled.

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  4. I BELIVE THAT WILL BE MY STORY TOO.

    THANK YOU JESUS.

    AMEN

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  5. wow i want to cry its so touching and loving thinking how they were there till the end together regardless of in this time and age people do so many crazy stuff in marriages. i believe recently there was a story like this shown here.

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  6. Please lord instill this type of love ethics in my generation. All we do is claim we love, break up, and move on. I pray I find a love like this wonderful couple had. May they rest peacefully together.

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