An Illinois couple that had just celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary died within 15 minutes of each other in hospice beds just a few feet apart on Friday.
Ruth Kretschmer, 90, and her husband, Bob Kretschmer, 92, died in their home in Medinah just five days after they marked 71 years in marriage, according to the Daily Herald.
‘They both wanted to die in this house and if my father went first, that wasn’t going to happen for my mother,’ said their daughter, Roberta Boston.
‘He hung in there for her. After she passed away, he asked why everyone was crying, then he passed away.
‘They worked it out between them, through the grace of God,’ Boston said.
Ruth Kretschmer was a local politician and former Republican who sat on the DuPage County Board’s zoning committee.
She also served 20 years on the Illinois Commerce Commission.