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Posted: February 27, 2015

Couple married 67 years dies on same day while holding hands

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

FRESNO, Calif. —

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Floyd and Violet Hartwig spent 67 years together as husband and wife, and even death could not sever their bond.

The couple’s children moved their hospice beds side-by-side so they could hold hands. Floyd, 90, died first, and Violet, 89, died five hours later.

"They wanted to go together," their daughter, Donna Scharton, told the Associated Press. "It was meant to be that way."

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The couple met at a dance hall and married in 1947. Floyd was in the Navy, and wrote love letters to Violet that the family has preserved.

The couple raised three children on their farm, and remained active until late 2014, when their health took a drastic turn for the worse.

The couple is survived by their children, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


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