This couple has been dating since they were 8 and married for 75 years have fulfilled their final wish to die in each other’s arms after they passed away clutching hands, within hours of each other, in their bed.
Jeanette Toczko, 96, and her 95-year-old husband, Alexander Toczko, from San Diego, California, dated since they were 8-years-old and got married in the 1940. Several weeks ago, Alexander suffered a broken hip in a fall and was left bed-ridden. So not to sepearate the two, a local hospice provided them with care beds where they could lie next to each other.
Alexanders condition quickly deteriorated and jeanette own health also took a turn for the worse. The couple had always said they wished to die “in their own bed, holding hands, in each other’s arms”.
Alexander (95) and Jeanette (96) Toczko were married in 1940 and dated since they were 8
“Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember,” said their daughter, Aimee
The couple’s daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman, described the moment she told her mother she had lost her husband, ‘I told my mother he was gone, 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”.’
They left behind 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren
‘Even the hospice nurse said it was the most incredible thing to see the two of them taking those last breaths together,’ Ms Toczko-Cushman said of her parents