After 68 years of marriage, an elderly Minnesota husband and wife passed away only one day apart from each another.
Robert and Corinne Johnson married when they were just 19 years old after having grown up in the same 3-mile radius in which they lived when they died, according to USA Today. The couple had seven children and made a living as farmers, growing corn, wheat, soy, and alfalfa.
Corinne died of congestive heart failure and her husband, Robert, passed away one day later after a battle with cancer. In her obituary, it was written, “It seems only fitting that they would both pass into eternal life together, surrounded by those who loved them.”
In Robert’s obituary, it reads the couple “became each other’s physical and mental support” as their health declined. Corinne, who died Nov. 24, was 87 years old; Robert, who died Nov. 25, was 88.
“I sort of thought he looked like he could go for weeks,” said their son Bruce Johnson, a cancer doctor. “As soon as mom died, he went downhill and died in a day. It’s hard to imagine it’s a coincidence.”
The Norseland couple are survived by six siblings, seven children, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.