Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Couple Married For 75 Years Die Hours Apart, Holding Hands.

He Was Letting Go

He Was Letting Go

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He might have been weak, but he was hanging on. However, even as Jeanette held his veiny hand, she knew that it was only a matter of time before he let go for good. The tiny hospital room was full of cards and balloons. Doctors walked the halls and machines beeped. He told her he would wait for her, and he did. She wiped the tears from her cheeks and whispered, “It’s alright, my love." Then he took in a deep breath.

Love At First Sight

Love At First Sight

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Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were born in 1919, in Stamford, Connecticut. Their parents were both Polish immigrants. Most people don’t really believe in love at first sight. But these two could turn the biggest skeptic into a believer. In fact, they couldn’t look away from each other since they were eight years old and they locked eyes.

Childhood Crush

Childhood Crush

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What began as a crush grew into something more. They went to school and spent a lot of time together. Eventually, they realized that they had a future together. In 1940, they got married when they were only 21. Their family and friends attended. They might have been young, but they knew they had made the right choice. But after their honeymoon, they hit a proverbial bump in the road.

Call Of Duty

Call Of Duty

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Alexander wanted to stay at his wife’s side, but he also wanted to keep her safe. So, in 1941, he joined the US Navy and became a telegraph operator. But that year, war was declared. It became evident that families everywhere had made incredible sacrifices during World War II. Over the next four years, men like Alexander sailed or flew to Germany and Japan to fight in the war. Many soldiers never returned home. This left mothers and other loved ones grieving. And Jeanette feared for Alexander.

Soulmates

Soulmates

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Alexander "carried around a picture of [Jeanette] in her Holy Communion outfit in his wallet." The photo provided him comfort during difficult times. But they were still young, and he promised her he would return. After all, they still had a lifetime ahead of them. Fortunately, he was able to keep his promise. In September 1945, he returned to Jeanette’s welcoming arms. But she had heard some horror stories of what happened to men after they returned from the war. Was Alexander the same man that she had gotten married to?

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