Sweet Couple Dies 20 Minutes Apart After 63 Years of Marriage

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"When my mom had passed, we told my dad he didn't need to fight anymore if he wanted to go with her."

Anyone who has seen "The Notebook" will remember the poignant scene where the two main characters peacefully pass away after spending a lifetime together. This fictional scene became a bittersweet reality for one South Dakota couple.


Henry and Jeanette De Lange died just 20 minutes apart after being married to each other for 63 years.

Henry, 86, was a Korean War veteran who was battling prostate cancer. His wife Jeanette, 87, was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

The loving couple were lucky enough to share a nursing home room together at the end of their lives.

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On July 31, two of the De Lange's five children read the Bible to their parents as Jeanette died peacefully at 5:10 p.m. Shortly after, their son, Keith, told his father, "You don't have to fight anymore, you can go too if you want."

Just 20 minutes after Jeanette's passing, Henry died at 5:30 p.m. while looking over at his beloved wife.

The De Lange couple is a touching reminder of the love that can endure when two people say, "Until death do us part."


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