(Newser) - A New Jersey couple that was married for 67 years died just a day apart even though each didn't know of the other's death, Huffington Post reports. Olympia DeNittis, 95, died last Sunday in Edison, NJ, after a bout with pneumonia, the Asbury Park Press reports.
Traditional wedding ringsMichael DeNittis, 94, died the next day just a few hours away in New Brunswick, NJ. Michael's family decided not to tell him about her death, hoping he might continue his 4-year battle with stage-IV colon cancer, but he told them he had dreamed of his own death the night before, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.
"It was bizarre," said the couple's granddaughter, AnnMarie McDonald. "I think instinctually he knew she had died." Michael and Olympia were childhood sweethearts who grew up just a block away from each other in Port Reading, NJ, and got married after World War II.
Olympia "was dying of a broken heart," Olympia said, and wanted to die first "so he wouldn't have to enter heaven without her there to welcome him." McDonald described the family as devastated: "They were both remarkable people. We relied on their guidance and insight until the end. And now they're together."