The movie ‘The Notebook’ has come to life. A couple, happily married for 63 years, passed away within minutes of one another last month, and their son is now sharing the heartbreaking, but sweet, story.
Henry, 86, and Jeanette De Lange, 87, who were married in 1953, were both living at the Platte Care Center, a nursing home in South Dakota. Jeanette had been in the facility battling Alzheimer’s sine 2011, while Henry checked in later on when he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.
Doctors called the De Lange children on July 31 to warn them that their parents’ conditions were worsening, and with two of the kids by her side, Jeanette peacefully passed at 5:10 p.m.
“My brother Keith said to my dad, ‘Mom’s gone to heaven. You don’t have to fight anymore, you can go too if you want,'” a son named Lee explained. “He was laying in be. He, for the first time, opened his eyes, looked intently over where mom was, closed his eyes back dow. Laid back down, died about 5 or 10 minutes after that.” Henry’s time of death was around 5:30 p.m.
“We’re calling it a beautiful act of God’s providential love and mercy,” Lee revealed. “You don’t pray for it because it seems mean, but you couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful.”
A joint funeral for the longtime couple was held at the Platte Christian Reformed Church on Aug. 8. Jeannette and Henry are survived by their five kids, along with nine grandchildren. You can read their full obituary HERE.
In The Notebook, a man marries his wife with Alzheimer’s in the nursing home every day and reads them a little bit of their love story. In the end, they die together after falling asleep in her bed.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that this happened just like The Notebook in real life?