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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. Olympia DeNittis, 95, died last Sunday in Edison, NJ, after a bout with pneumonia. 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."
I've hosted (I think) 5 of these threads now on the same topic - but I'm never ever surprised - or without tears.
I’m continually reminded of the scientific fact - take one heart cell, cut it out of the heart and stick it in a petri dish. Excise a cell from another heart, place it in the same dish. Within a ‘heartbeat’ - they begin to beat, as one.
Maby they were so connected (quantum) that one just couldn't be without the other. Butterflies now.