Fresno Couple Married 67 Years Dies Side-by-Side, Holding Hands

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A Central California couple died just as they had spent their 67 years of marriage — side-by-side and holding hands.

Floyd Hartwig, 90, and his wife Violet, 89, died within five hours of each other at their own home in the community of Easton on Feb. 11, according to the Fresno Bee.

The couple, who had known each other since elementary school, spent their last hours lying in separate hospital beds that had been pushed together so they could hold hands, the newspaper reported.

Family members told the newspaper that even the couple’s breathing seemed to be synchronized toward the end.

“I think that’s what kept them going … that they each had the other one,” daughter, Donna Scharton, told the Bee. “They didn’t want to go without each other.”

In the end, Floyd Hartwig passed first followed by his “beloved” Vi five hours later, relatives told the paper.

“And when we went to the funeral home and saw the two caskets — it was meant to be. That’s the only way it could end,” Scharton said.