LaVerne and Robert Werner married 65 years ago, after Robert returned from World War II, and from then on LaVerne's life was about taking care of him. "He came first," their son tells the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown, Pa. "Her first concern was always for him." When Robert developed Alzheimer's disease, LaVerne took care of him up until four months ago, when they moved into a shared room at a personal-care home. That's where, on Tuesday, LaVerne quietly passed away—followed, 12 hours later, by Robert.
"They did everything together," son Barry says. "They didn’t always agree with each other, but if one went, the other was going to follow soon." After his mother died following a series of mini-strokes, Barry could tell "something was wrong" with his dad, he says. "I could tell by his actions that something was bothering him." But both died peacefully. "I think he heard her calling—that she told him that it was OK."
Originally posted by silo13
reply to post by Gridrebel
And this couple? Well, I wish I would have known more about this kind of love when I was younger. I would have kissed one man, and stuck with it, with him. In the end it would have been worth it.
I was told once by a 'minister' there is no relationship between those on earth and those - above.
"It was fun to see them, just quiet, gentle souls," Yvonne Peace, who worked at the St. Bonaventure Friary for nearly 21 years, said Friday.
They died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., Brother Julian in the morning and Brother Adrian in the evening.
Both died of heart failure, said Father James Toal, guardian of St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, where the inseparable twins lived since moving from western New York in 2008.
"It really is almost a poetic ending to the remarkable story of their lives," St. Bonaventure spokesman Tom Missel said. "Stunning when you hear it, but hardly surprising given that they did almost everything together."