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Illinois couple married for 71 years die hours apart

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 04:56 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2013



ROCKFORD, Ill. » A man and wife who were married for more than seven decades died hours apart this week at a hospice in northern Illinois.

Family members say Robert and Nora Viands were always together during their 71 years of marriage. Their son calls their deaths — 16 hours apart at a Rockford retirement center— a "blessing" because each would have been heartbroken without the other.

The Rockford Register Star reports that 92-year-old Robert Viands died around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Nora Viands died at 4:45 p.m. She was hospitalized with pneumonia in December.

The Viands' children decided to put their parents in the same room at the hospice for their final hours.

A joint funeral will be held Sunday.







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mikethenovice wrote:
Poor thing. It's called a Broken Heart Syndrome. Husband and wife have become so dependent with each other. True love. A real team. Rest In Peace.
on August 30,2013 | 04:03AM
palani wrote:
Poetic ending to a blessedly wonderful life.
on August 30,2013 | 05:06AM
soundofreason wrote:
Really couldn't ask for anything more.
on August 30,2013 | 06:31AM
cojef wrote:
What a wonderful way to depart this world after living together for so long. Don't believe we can catch up with them since we will be celebrating our 63rd come the year end, 28th.
on August 30,2013 | 06:09AM
soundofreason wrote:
Congratulations though.
on August 30,2013 | 06:30AM
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