Couple Married 67 Years Dies Holding Hands Just Hours Apart

"The Notebook" in real life.

"Till death do us part" was more than just a vow for Floyd and Violet Hartwig. It was a promise fulfilled. At 90- and 89-years-old, the couple truly loved each other until the end — and died holding hands. 

The Fresno Bee reports that the couple, who died on February 11, had been married for 67 years and suffered from health problems leading up to their deaths. Floyd suffered from cancer and kidney failure while Violet suffered from dementia. 

They couldn't communicate, the Bee reports, but on hospital beds pushed together in their own home they breathed in unison until Floyd passed first, with Violet following five hours later. 

 "They didn't want to go without each other," Hartwigs' daughter, Donna Scharton, told the Bee.

The two had known each other since elementary school, but officially met while he had been on leave from the Navy during World War II. The two passed over 131 letters back and forth.

"The Notebook" kind of love story. 

For the rest of the couple's love story head over to The Fresno Bee.



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