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Couple Die Hours Apart, Unaware of Other's Death
Olympia and Michael DeNittis had been married for 67 years
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2014 6:08 PM CST
Updated Feb 9, 2014 8:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – A New Jersey couple that was married for 67 years died just a day apart even though each didn't know of the other's death, Huffington Post reports. Olympia DeNittis, 95, died last Sunday in Edison, NJ, after a bout with pneumonia, the Asbury Park Press reports. Michael DeNittis, 94, died the next day just a few hours away in New Brunswick, NJ. Michael's family decided not to tell him about her death, hoping he might continue his 4-year battle with stage-IV colon cancer, but he said he had dreamed of his own death the night before, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.

"It was bizarre," says granddaughter AnnMarie McDonald. "I think instinctually he knew she had died." Michael and Olympia were childhood sweethearts who grew up just a block away from each other in Port Reading, NJ, and got married after World War II. Olympia "was dying of a broken heart," says McDonald, and wanted to die first "so he wouldn’t have to enter heaven without her there to welcome him." McDonald describes the family as devastated: "They were both remarkable people. We relied on their guidance and insight until the end. And now they’re together." (Click to read about another couple who died hours apart after 63 years together.)

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DarkFrancis
Feb 10, 2014 2:57 PM CST
That's kinda beautiful. So kinda beautiful that I'm not going to read anyone's comments, for inevitably some empty cynic will not stop to enjoy the simple and pure romance of it. (I say this in the full knowledge that sometimes the empty cynic is me.)
noazrk
Feb 10, 2014 10:18 AM CST
WHY are some of you thinking the lady who died first knew the husband died??? I'm pretty sure the article was implying she knew he was going to pass away soon due to the cancer he was battling for 4 years but pneumonia struck her out of the blue and she passed away first. The ONLY thing it said was " "was dying of a broken heart," says McDonald, and wanted to die first "so he wouldn’t have to enter heaven without her there to welcome him."
Fatfinger
Feb 10, 2014 1:49 AM CST
My Mother and step farther died a week apart, she went first,He had a sever case of dementia so bad he did not know who his wife was but somehow we think he knew instinctively?