They were married for the past 65 years and made Ohio their home, until one of them passed away. It only took 11 hours before she joined her partner in heaven.
20-year-old Jeff Simon of Russia, Ohio, told FoxNews.com that his grandparents, Ruthie Schmitz, 89, and Harold 'Doc' Knapke, 91, met when they were in the 3rd grade and continued their love affair till August 11, when they died just days before their 65th wedding anniversary in the room that they shared on a nursing home in Versailles in western Ohio.
AdvertisementHe said that in the last couple of days before their deaths, they kind of saw it coming, as his grandfather was not in a very good health, but the fact that he went that morning was quiet shocking to them.
Simon said that his grandparents had a joint funeral Mass; asserting that they were devout Catholics and credited their faith as the reason as to why his grandmother passed away just 11 hours after his grandfather.