After 63 years of marriage, couple dies 20 minutes apart in same room

(Courtesy De Lange Family/CNN)

PLATTE, SD (WCMH) — The story of Henry and Jeanette De Lange’s love and death might be one to rival Romeo and Juliet’s.

According to CNN, on July 31, the South Dakota couple died in the same room together, just 20 minutes apart from one another after more than six decades of marriage.

Jeanette, 87, died first at 5:10pm. Lee De Lange, one of their sons, says his brother then told his dad “Mom’s gone to heaven,” and that Henry, 86, who was battling prostate cancer, didn’t have to fight anymore. At 5:30pm, after opening his eyes one last time to see his wife, Henry also passed away.

“We’re calling it a beautiful act of God’s providential love and mercy,” Lee De Lange, one of their sons, told KSFY. “You don’t pray for it because it seems mean but you couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful.”

On Monday, a funeral was held for the couple who spent 63 years married on Earth, and will spend an eternity together in death.

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