Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Married For 67 Years - Die Just 32 Hours Apart

Growing up as children together just a block apart, Michael and Olympia DeNittis were meant to spend their lives together. The couple grew up and married and were married for 67 years. Last week the couple died just 32 hours apart. Olympia died first at the age of 95 and the family decided not to tell Michael. The morning after Olympia died, Michael, asked his family about Olympia because he had a dream in his own hospital bed the night before. In the dream Michael says he saw Olympia's death. Even though his family assured him he was fine he died just a short time later. You often hear about couple so in love that one cannot live without the other but generally they know the other person died. In this case, it makes you really believe in dreams and messages from the other side. It also makes you believe in a love that is elusive and everlasting. They spent their lives together and loved and lived, and ultimately died together. They probably wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

43 comments:

TalksTooMuch said...

See? 74 is just a drop in the bucket. Tom's got 21 years left to spend with the love of his life. 67 years is awesome, although any time at all has gotta be a gift. Can I just say how awesome it is to see something positive in the morning? Yay for Sentimental Ent!

SingBlue said...

Yup, you hear stories like this all the time in Hollywood.

Oops, wrong thread.

Jennabean said...

Awww I so want this to be me and my honey, in like 50 years

FSP said...

Who?

kris said...

Great story - very heartwarming. Thanks for sharing!

Meanie Rhysie, Enty #27 said...

:'(

Damn rainy eyes.

Kourtney Kardashian said...

What a wonderful story of love.
It's kind of crummy they didn't tell him she died, though.
Scott's going first and I know that I would like to be told if I ask.

trainrides said...

@TTM Love your new avi. Sooo -- what do they call that -- gorgeosity? :p

bbhood said...

That's lovely.

Renoblondee said...

So sweet.

aemish said...

<3

TalksTooMuch said...

LOL, thanks trainrides! I call it "mebbe glasses make me lok smrt!"

Stu Rat said...

So my mom outliving my dad by 23 years means she didn't really love him?

Fuck you!!

Anothergrayhare said...

makes you wonder.....

rikkitikkitavi said...

yeah thats very odd that the family didnt tell him that his wife had passed away

Runswithscissors said...

It's a lovely story, but, playing devil's advocate here, do you think she visited him in his sleep to take him with her, make him pay for something? Sort of a haunting?
The romantic view of it is nice.

JSierra said...

Wow, that was quite touching. A nice, yet still sad way to start the day.

Jessi said...

Isn't that rule of thumb? If you don't die within hours of your beloved you never really loved them. ;)

Touching story though.

Mama Ray said...

*tears*

FlirtyChick74 said...

So sweet

Wen said...

That happened to my neighbors. They were in their 80's.

auntliddy said...

Touching.

Its just U said...

Lovely story. My man's grandparents died last year. Married for well over 60 years, they were both in separate hospitals. Grandad passed first. He was cremated the next day. While his funeral was happening Granny passed away. She didn't want to be without him.
The really sad/ nice thing is that it was the anniversary of their daughter who passed away a few yeas ago from breast cancer.
We always say they just wanted to be with their little girl again.
So sad, but so beautiful.
They had 5 generations of family around them. That is a life full of love.

TV Junkie said...

Jessi, I think that only applies when you're old enough to reasonably die with no illness, accident, etc. I just experienced this with my great uncle & aunt. Once she passed he just lost the will to live. He died about a year later after just deteriorating for no medical reason. I think he made it so long because our big Italian family provided a lot of support from many different directions.

Tillie said...

Way to make this all about you...

Meanie Rhysie, Enty #27 said...

<3

Topper Madison said...

Either this is a very sweet and romantic love story; or it's a freaky tale about some serious co-dependents. Your choice!

headrot said...

:( i hope one day............

Harlow17 said...

That's a great picture

Squeezebox said...

Oops, Entern got a critical detail wrong. From the article on nj.com:

Michael DeNettis, 94, told his family he dreamed he had died the night before. And he wanted to know the prescription medication his wife was taking.

“It was bizarre,” AnnMarie (a granddaughter of the couple) said.

In the original news story, AnnMarie said,

“I think she was dying of a broken heart, but I also think she wanted to pass first so he wouldn’t have to enter heaven without her there to welcome him,” said McDonald, 29. “And when my grandmother made up her mind to do something, she did it. She did this as a testament to their love.

“She sensed my grandfather was on borrowed time, and she wanted to make sure she died before him,” she continued. “He didn’t want to die. He loved his life and wanted to keep living it. She wanted to show him the way.”

So it is still an extremely touching story - but sorry, there was no mystical message from his wife that she'd died.

CocoaBeachBunny said...

They make you look cute, &TTM!

TalksTooMuch said...

Thanks, cocoa!

Sis said...

This is a story from ne of my high school friends' mother....when she was a teenager she woke up to see her brother sitting on the end of her bed, they had a conversation and he left. The only thing is...he was a soldier in Vietnam and he died, the family was notified shortly after that, she says she remembers seeing the mud on his boots, and he was dressed in his fatigues. After all these years it is still a powerful story to me.

The Real Dragon said...

Aww

Pink Cashmere said...

What a beautiful story.

Pink Cashmere said...

What a beautiful story.

Brenda L said...

I would like for this to happen to me in the next life. Doesn't appear it will happen in this one....

Sprink said...

The human brain is baffling and amazing. That's all I got. RIP, etc.

Welldun said...

I believe these two were twin souls

Hammer_Girl said...

I work very closely with people suffering from varying forms of alzheimer and dementia. Depending on the severity and the person, it is sometimes better to not tell them. Look at it this way, imagine having to tell him every day that his wife has passed away and having him become upset, agitated, and possibly combative. Then when something triggers a memory of his wife again, he will again ask about her. We are actually trained to divert their attention, for instance "Oh I'm sure you miss your wife very much. Tell me again how you two met?" Which will then get them thinking about that.

Cee Kay said...

I want DH and me to go like this. If we're really lucky, we'll get another 40 years first.

Henriette said...

I'm kind with Topper Madison. I think there is a high creep factor here with a lot of co-dependency. It reminds me of the great Dan Savage quote about successful marriages,"Marriage is the only institution where success is measured by someone ending up in a coffin."

Stepforded said...

<3 That's a beautiful ending to their wonderful life together <3