Dying wish fulfilled

The Toczkos growing old together.

The Toczkos growing old together.

What makes this story odd and interesting is that it happened the way they wanted it to be.

Normally people, as individuals, in accepting death, have preferences on how they want to die if the time comes.

But then we are reminded of this proverb in Spanish, saying, “El hombre propone y Dios dispone” (Man proposes and God disposes).

Well, not all the time.

A lot of times we have also heard relatives and friends saying that, indeed, the person that died got his or her wish for God, by His mercy, granted it.

But when an old couple confesses to their children their dying wish of passing away together, in each other’s arms and in their own bed, wouldn’t it be asking too much from God?

Well, not really.

For WW II veteran, Alexander Toczko, 95, and wife, Jeanette, 96, it was a dying wish come true.

Attraction that bloomed to love since Alexander met his future wife at age 8 years old, the couple got married in 1940 and lived throughout a war, five children, and 75 years of marriage. It was only in June that they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

Somehow age has taken its toll on the couple’s health over the months, especially after Alexander broke his hip from a fall.

It was said by their children that hospice care was brought to Jeanette and Alexander’s home, so that they could share their own bed and stay close to each other in their final moments.

Coincidentally, June seemed special for them. As they were united in matrimony in June in a Catholic church, so were they united in death that only God could fulfill – as the couple wished it.

Alexander was the first to go on June 17. Once Jeanette had been informed that her husband had died, she said, “See this is what you wanted. You died in my arms and I love you. I love you, wait for me, I’ll be there soon.”

Jeanette died only hours after her husband on June 18.

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