Couple Married For 69 years Dies 40 Minutes Apart, Holding Hands



A couple died just 40 minutes apart from one another at the weekend after 69 years of marriage.

Teresa Vatkin died Saturday at 12:10 a.m. at Highland Park Hospital at age 89. Her husband, 91-year-old Isaac Vatkin, died around 12:50 a.m.

“My father’s chest went flat. I would think no more than 20 minutes. They were both gone,” Gesklin told WGN.

“The moment he felt we removed her hand from his, he was able to say ‘OK, I’m done protecting her. I can go and rest as well,’ ” their son Daniel Vatkin told the Chicago Sun Times . “The ultimate in chivalry — so he could go to heaven and open the door for her.”

The couple’s son, Leo Vatkin, said his father ‘never wanted to do anything apart’ from his wife.

The couple lived in Skokie, just northwest of Chicago.


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