It seems to be just another Hollywood make-believe tale to find someone to hold hands with forever, and die in each other’s warm and loving embrace — akin to the story of The Notebook based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.
At the age of only 8 years, both Jeanette and Alexander Toczko found their way to each other as soulmates. Since then, they have never left each other’s side — and they hate the times when they are apart. They decided to tie the knot in 1940, and they moved to San Diego, California, where they went on to have five children and 10 grandchildren.
Years have past, but old age never wavered their love for one another. However, life has its cruel ways to remind us that even good stories must come to an end. Nonetheless, the couple promised that they would die in each other’s arms.
When Alexander broke his hip during an incident, his health began to deteriorate, and soon enough, Jeanette’s verdure has also begun to decline.
Knowing the pact that they made, their children coordinated with the local hospice to put the two together in a special bed for their last moments.
Weeks went by and June 29, 2015 came. It was time for their 75th wedding anniversary. Along with their children, they celebrated the special occasion. But sadly, Alexander’s anticipated final moment arrived. His breathing got labored and he passed away.
When Aimee Toczko-Cushman came into the room and told his mother that he was gone, Jeanette hugged him and said: “See this is what you wanted. You died in my arms and I love you. I love you, and wait for me, I’ll be there soon.”
It only took less than 24 hours when Jeanette drew her last breath and joined her most beloved Alexander, continuing their love story in afterlife.
They both died beautifully, but even death couldn’t separate their souls, as their hearts beat as one.