Husband + Wife Married for 73 Years Die 28 Hours Apart
You don't hear too many love stories like this anymore. But when you do, you can't help but smile and long to want the same thing.
Helen Auer died Wednesday in her chair at her home in East Price Hill, Ohio. According to this amazing story in the Cincinnati Enquirer, her husband, Joe, walked into the room and immediately knew his wife of 73 years was gone.
So, he leaned toward her and whispered in her ear: "Helen, call me home."
He died 28 hours later.
Now, they'll be side-by-side for their funeral in front of the same altar in which they were married in 1941.
The couple was married nearly three quarters of a century, had 10 children, 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. According to the newspaper story, they were a simple couple. Joe took two buses to work every day. He didn't buy his first car until after he retired.
The two met at church. They had their first child soon after and Helen was pregnant with their second, Judy, when Joe left to fight in World War II. He fought in one of the most famous battles in the world's history, on Utah Beach, during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
"They were simple, humble people. They wanted nothing and got everything in return," their son Jerry told the newspaper. "If somebody were thinking of getting married, they could do a lot worse than to look at my parents."