I don’t mean to make you shed tears on a Friday, but I was so touched by this story that I had to share it. Imagine what it’s like to spend decades with a person you can’t imagine your life without, and then die just a few hours after that person.
For 60 years Ed and Floreen Hale were inseparable, and even death couldn’t break them apart. On February 7, Floreen, 82, passed away in a hospital in Batavia, New York, with her dying husband lying next to her and holding her hand. He passed away just 36 hours later at the age of 83.
“He was a gentleman right up to the end, waiting for her to go first,” their daughter, Renee Hirsch, told the blog Orlean Hub.
A month ago, Ed had been hospitalized in Rochester, New York, with kidney failure, and on February 4, his wife had been rushed to United Methodist Medical Center in Batavia. She had been suffering from congestive heart failure, among other things.
Initially, he was too weak to be transported by ambulance to be with Floreen in her hospital, but at the request of the family, the two hospitals were able to work something out so that the two of them could be together in their final days. Amazingly, he survived the ambulance ride.
“I think it would have been more heartbreaking to see one without the other, to see one surviving when the other was not around anymore,” said Lisa Giattino, their niece. “I think it was so beautiful the way it happened.”
The couple had a joint funeral on the eve of Valentine’s Day, and friends, family, and medical staff came together to celebrate the couple’s undying love.
Their love story started more than 60 years ago when they met at a party. When he went to her parents to ask for her hand in marriage, they refused because at the time she was recovering from a horrific accident which took the life of her first husband. If that’s not enough, she had married him only three months earlier.
Ed was determined to be with her and wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, and he told his future in-laws that he would carry his beloved in his arms every day. They got married in the spring of 1953, and he pampered her and spoiled her with small tokens of affection throughout their marriage.
What a great guy, and what a beautiful love story!