A touching photo, embodying the love that two people shared over 75 years of life together, shows their final act of love being carried out, to die together, at home, in their bed.
I didn’t last long through this story before I started crying.
Enjoy the love:
Jeanette Toczko, 96, and her 95-year-old husband, Alexander Toczko, from San Diego, California, died just hours apart as they held hands in bed.
The pair spent their lives in love after becoming boyfriend and girlfriend when they were only eight years old.
But several weeks ago, Mr Toczko suffered a broken hip in a fall and was left bed-bound. A local hospice delivered a special bed to his home, which staff pushed up next to his beloved wife’s bed.
As Mr Toczko’s condition quickly declined, Mrs Toczko’s own health 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’.
Mr and Mrs Toczko, who were the children of Polish immigrants, started dating as youngsters, before their innocent relationship flourished into love, marriage and five children of their own.
Following their wedding in 1940, Mr Toczko joined the U.S. Navy as a telegraph operator, according to ABC. He later moved to New York City with his family, where he worked for an advertising firm.
In 1971, the Toczkos moved to San Diego, where Mr Toczko established his own advertising and fashion photography firm, Blue Sky, U-T San Diego reported. Mrs Toczko was his chief stylist.
During their lengthy marriage, the couple also went traveling together, visiting Bermuda. ‘Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember,’ said Mrs Toczko-Cushman.
Before his recent fall, Mr Toczko, a passionate golfer, had been a regular at Balboa Golf Course. The war veteran had a keen interest in drawing, and often sat and sketched at the golf course.
Meanwhile, his wife doted on her 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
As the couple neared death, in early June, a confused Mrs Toczko reportedly told her children that the date was June 29 – the day she and Mr Toczko would have celebrated 75 years of marriage.
The couple’s children went along with it, telling their mother it was, indeed, the anniversary.
‘We said happy anniversary, and my mother was thrilled because it was their anniversary and she knew that he was going and that they had made it to 75 years,’ said Mrs Toczko-Cushman.
Mr and Mrs Toczko were buried at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego on Monday.
Just like in the film The Notebook, these two started thier lives young and in love, and ended thier lives in the place that they wanted to be. The best place for them to be was together, in this live and the next. Rest in peace, Mr & Mrs Toczko, and congrats on those 75 years of love.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at [email protected]