Jeanette and Alexander Toczko had the kind of love story that most people only dream of.
“They were boyfriend and girlfriend when they were 8 years old,” their son Richard remembered.
Alexander, a World War II veteran, married Jeanette in 1940, and the couple moved to San Diego in the early 70s. They lived happily there for years, until Alexander recently broke his hip. As his health rapidly declined, Jeanette became ill as well, and their family prepared to say goodbye.
The couple’s final wish was to die in their own bed holding hands. Hospice brought a second bed into their home so that they could lie beside each other in their final moments.
“She kept asking us, ‘What is today, what is today?’ We said it was June. She said it’s June 29th, and June 29th is their 75th wedding anniversary,” said their daughter Aimee. The couple had always dreamed of making it to 75 years together.
The family brought in balloons and flowers and had a brief celebration before giving the couple some alone time. Doctors were shocked to discover that it was then that Alexander died in his wife’s arms.
“See this is what you wanted,” Jeanette whispered as she hugged him. “You died in my arms and I love you. I love you, wait for me, I’ll be there soon.”
Less than 24 hours later, Jeanette passed away too.
The Toczkos will be buried together at Miramar National Cemetery on Monday. Let us all remember this couple’s beautiful legacy!
H/T: Little Things