A couple in the US who were married for more than 63 years have died just minutes apart.

Henry and Jeanette De Lange of South Dakota died last month in a nursing home, just 20 minutes apart. Their son, Lee De Lange, called it a "beautiful act of God".

Jeanette, 87, passed away at 5:10pm local time, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Twenty minutes later, Henry, 86, gazed one last time at his wife’s body before he died.

"We read Psalm 103," said Mr Lee. "We didn’t quite get done.

"She passed away very, very peacefully – incredibly peacefully."

The family was surprised but happy the couple went together.


First published at: August 9, 2016 at 02:39PM.
Syndicated from: http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/us-couple-dies-minutes-apart-after-63-years-of-marriage-2016080921