A couple who fell in love in Rome and had been married for 69 years have died within an hour of one another on Saturday, the 91-year-old husband first and then his 86-year-old wife of a “broken heart”, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Giuseppe and Livia Fortuna had a fairy tale-like romance, getting married in Rome shortly before the end World War II, later moving to Stamford, Connecticut, and having four children.
Early on Saturday morning, 91-year-old Giuseppe passed away. Extraordinarily, his bride of 69 years, Livia, passed away less than an hour later. The couple had both been living together at the Smith House Health Care Center. Livia died from a “broken heart”, family members said. Giuliana DiGeronimo, the couple’s daughter, told The San Francisco Chronicle:
My mother was in shock to hear that my father had just died. She couldn’t breathe and she was having a fit, even though she was on oxygen. At the nursing home, everyone said they were angels. Everybody used to say how much they loved each other and how my father was always trying to help my mother.
The couple’s other daughter, Angela Munzenmaier, was on the phone speaking to her mother when her father died, and had to deliver the terrible news.
1. Giuseppe and Livia Fortuna, who met in Rome and were married for 69 years.
2. After Giuseppe passed away on Saturday, Livia died less than an hour later.
3. Family members say Livia died of a ‘broken heart’.
I told her she needed to be strong and that my dad had passed away. She started screaming his name and didn’t want to talk and hung up the phone.
Soon afterward, her brother got the call that their mother too had passed. Munzenmaier said:
They yelled and screamed at each other almost every day, but I think it was because they liked making up so much. My mom was feisty. She wouldn’t let my father get away with anything.
Quite a love story…
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle.
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