Are the tissues ready??!
Good, because we have an authentic love story that makes The Notebook seem like a cheap rip off.
Michael and Olympia DeNittis experienced a fairytale-like romance!
The couple first met when they were just kiddies growing up down the street from one another in Port Reading, New Jersey before enjoying 67 blissful married years together.
The sweethearts were completely inseparable throughout their lives — evidently even in death after passing away just hours apart last week.
Wifey Olympia passed away at 95 from pneumonia on February 2nd at a hospital in Edison, New Jersey.
While their children and granddaughter were present, they chose not to tell her hubby the bad news as he continued to endure a years-long battle with colon cancer.
The surviving kin were afraid Michael would stop the fight for his life even though they believed Olympia died of a broken heart at the thought of his impending death.
Are you tearing up yet??! Just wait.
Their granddaughter, AnnMarie McDonald, said:
"I think she was dying of a broken heart, but I also think she wanted to pass first so he wouldn’t have to enter heaven without her there to welcome him. And when my grandmother made up her mind to do something, she did it. She did this as a testament to their love."
In the days following, Michael reported that he had a dream Olympia had died. *SHIVERS*
"I think instinctually he knew she had died."
And despite their efforts to stay mum on Olympia's health, Michael passed on 32 hours later.
Okay, so they didn't quite die in each other's arms like Noah and Allie, but if this story doesn't put you in the Valentine's Day spirit then there is just no hope.
The only icky part is that now we're totally craving a heart-shaped box of chocolates to soothe our heartbreak at such a magical loss.
R.I.P. Michael and Olympia! We can only hope that one day we'll find a love as true.
[Image courtesy of AnnaMarie McDonald/People.]
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