Calif. couple dies day apart, buried on 75th anniversary

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (WKRN) – A California couple who died just one day apart last week was buried on what would have been their 75th wedding anniversary Monday.
Alexander and Jeannette Toczko, both born in Connecticut in 1919, married in 1940.
According to ABC News, the couple’s children said their parents began dating when they were just 8-years-old.
“My dad carried around a picture of my mother in her Holy Communion outfit in his wallet,” daughter Aimee Toczko-Cushman told ABC affiliate KGTV.
Family members said Alexander, 95, played golf every day until he broke his hip in a recent fall. After the fall, his health began to decline.
“He was going fast,” Richard Toczko said.
As Alexander’s health began to decline, a Hospice bed was set up in the couple’s California home where Jeannette sat each day.Couple2
As Jeanette, 96, watched her husband’s condition worsen, her health also began to fail.
According to ABC News, the family said they celebrated their parent’s milestone anniversary early after their mother asked if it was June 29 yet.
“We said happy anniversary and my mother was thrilled to death because it was their anniversary and she knew that he was going and that they had made it to 75 years,” Toczko-Cushman told KGTV.
Alexander passed away on June 17.
“He died in her arms which is exactly what he wanted,” Toczko-Cushman said. “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.’”
The next day Jeannette died.
Jeannette and Alexander were buried together on Monday, the day that would have officially marked their 75th wedding anniversary.
Family members held a funeral mass and a joint anniversary ceremony.

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