Couple married 60 years die 36 hours apart

Feb 20, 2014 Full story: WMAN-AM Mansfield 24

When Ed Hale asked his future wife's parents for her hand in marriage, she had just been in an awful car accident and a long journey to recovery was ahead.

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Marcavage s Trick

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#1 Feb 20, 2014
Sure, they essentially died together, but in all those six decades of marriage never a single simultaneous orgasm. Not a one.

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#2 Feb 21, 2014
60 years of marriage! Hard to find anymore! Sweet!
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#3 Feb 21, 2014
I guess she didn't allow him to die prior to that.....

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#4 Feb 21, 2014
Bingo was his name o

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#5 Feb 21, 2014
True Love..;)

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Nehwon

#6 Feb 21, 2014
Petal Power wrote:
True Love..;)
36 hours apart

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#7 Feb 22, 2014
Petal Power wrote:
True Love..;)
More like true death.

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#8 Feb 24, 2014
SAD..But When ya are Married that Looooong ..YOU are ATTACHED!!

YOU basically Become ONE!!

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#9 Feb 26, 2014
Sally Brown wrote:
60 years of marriage! Hard to find anymore! Sweet!
Absolutely! It is possible the surviving spouse died of a broken heart.

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#10 Feb 27, 2014
Sally Brown wrote:
60 years of marriage! Hard to find anymore! Sweet!
Many people have been married over 60 years. Some examples:

1. Elizabeth Taylor
2. Mickey Rooney
3. The Gabor Sisters
beatlesinthebog

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#11 Feb 27, 2014
Mexican Hillbilly wrote:
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Many people have been married over 60 years. Some examples:
1. Elizabeth Taylor
2. Mickey Rooney
3. The Gabor Sisters
Elizabeth Taylor ?........aaah ..60 times !

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Nehwon

#12 Feb 28, 2014
Petal Power wrote:
SAD..But When ya are Married that Looooong ..YOU are ATTACHED!!
YOU basically Become ONE!!
An anecdote that may signify nothing...

A number of years ago, I visited my uncle and aunt who were getting up there in years.

In the morning while having a cup of coffee (and before going on my uncle's guided tour of the area he obviously enjoyed doing), I listened to their conversation.

My uncle would say something and my aunt would reply completely off topic. and vice versa.

If I hadn't read once where the elderly weren't interested in a back and forth argument but were taking comfort in just the sound of each other's voice, I'd say they fell off their rockers.

And then my uncle drove me around town pointing out interesting places with his wife keeping him on track.

So when that voice you expect to hear from over the decades no longer answers, is it so surprising that you may no longer wish to talk?
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#13 Mar 1, 2014
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An anecdote that may signify nothing...
A number of years ago, I visited my uncle and aunt who were getting up there in years.
In the morning while having a cup of coffee (and before going on my uncle's guided tour of the area he obviously enjoyed doing), I listened to their conversation.
My uncle would say something and my aunt would reply completely off topic. and vice versa.
If I hadn't read once where the elderly weren't interested in a back and forth argument but were taking comfort in just the sound of each other's voice, I'd say they fell off their rockers.
And then my uncle drove me around town pointing out interesting places with his wife keeping him on track.

So when that voice you expect to hear from over the decades no longer answers, is it so surprising that you may no longer wish to talk?
No I don't think it's surprising!

That was a cute story .....how old were your aunt and uncle at the time?
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#14 Mar 1, 2014
Petal Power wrote:
True Love..;)
Exactly! Anyone who thinks True Death, could possibly be speaking from their own personal experience, and not a very happy soul!
I think it is awesome, because speaking from personal experience, true love exists!

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#15 Mar 2, 2014
Sally Brown wrote:
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No I don't think it's surprising!
That was a cute story .....how old were your aunt and uncle at the time?
They were in their late 80's.

I didn't see them that often, but he was a character.

In my naivete, I wanted to hear about his experience in the Navy (WW2).

I asked a question about it.

He got a pained look over his face and murmured "planes everywhere" and my aunt jumped in and changed the subject quickly.

I took that clue and switched to something else so trivial I don't recall.

And then I looked up the battle history of his tin pot ship.

At that point, it was not his service that I admired. It was his joy of life and humor despite seeing the worst.

The TV news stories love a "dying for your country" story.

Living in your country after such horrors of acceptable murder is... relegated to the last few minutes in the show as a "feel good" humanitarian toss away piece if there wasn't enough blood shed today.

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#16 Mar 3, 2014
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They were in their late 80's.
I didn't see them that often, but he was a character.
In my naivete, I wanted to hear about his experience in the Navy (WW2).
I asked a question about it.
He got a pained look over his face and murmured "planes everywhere" and my aunt jumped in and changed the subject quickly.
I took that clue and switched to something else so trivial I don't recall.
And then I looked up the battle history of his tin pot ship.
At that point, it was not his service that I admired. It was his joy of life and humor despite seeing the worst.
The TV news stories love a "dying for your country" story.
Living in your country after such horrors of acceptable murder is... relegated to the last few minutes in the show as a "feel good" humanitarian toss away piece if there wasn't enough blood shed today.
They are a beautiful couple........that's what love is. That's what society has lost. After all those years together they've still got it. May I ask how long have they been married? I'm guessing close to 60 years? This is hard I have trouble putting my thoughts into back and white. I've seen it in other couples around their age to. It's sweet! After one of them dies they usually never remarry........I guess the way they see is no one could ever replace their spouse and why would they want anyone to?

Of course not every relationship is like this nor every person.

WWII, I never heard any of my grandfathers nor great uncles speak of WWII. It must have been pretty bad. Your aunt knew when your uncle needed her, without any words ......it's a good thing you could sense what was happing and not pushing the subject.

Thank you for the reply that was sweet!

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#17 Mar 4, 2014
Sally Brown wrote:
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They are a beautiful couple........that's what love is. That's what society has lost. After all those years together they've still got it. May I ask how long have they been married? I'm guessing close to 60 years? This is hard I have trouble putting my thoughts into back and white. I've seen it in other couples around their age to. It's sweet! After one of them dies they usually never remarry........I guess the way they see is no one could ever replace their spouse and why would they want anyone to?
Of course not every relationship is like this nor every person.
WWII, I never heard any of my grandfathers nor great uncles speak of WWII. It must have been pretty bad. Your aunt knew when your uncle needed her, without any words ......it's a good thing you could sense what was happing and not pushing the subject.
Thank you for the reply that was sweet!
"That's what society has lost."

I'd say that's what the news tells you.

A happy marriage doesn't make the news for decades.

What I was trying to get out of my uncle was stories like "after the Battle of X, we were being resupplied with torpedoes and anti-aircraft shells, but Seaman greymouser snuck aboard the supply ship and grabbed 3 cases of toilet paper, a case of Snickers and 3 pounds of Folger's Instant Coffee."

And Ensign Carter raided the supply ship's Captain's stash of liquor.

Fortunately, they didn't discover the piracy until the lines were cast off and this tin pot destroyer could outrun supply ship even with full sails and favorable winds!

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#18 Mar 5, 2014
greymouser wrote:
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"That's what society has lost."
I'd say that's what the news tells you.
A happy marriage doesn't make the news for decades.
What I was trying to get out of my uncle was stories like "after the Battle of X, we were being resupplied with torpedoes and anti-aircraft shells, but Seaman greymouser snuck aboard the supply ship and grabbed 3 cases of toilet paper, a case of Snickers and 3 pounds of Folger's Instant Coffee."
And Ensign Carter raided the supply ship's Captain's stash of liquor.
Fortunately, they didn't discover the piracy until the lines were cast off and this tin pot destroyer could outrun supply ship even with full sails and favorable winds!
Ok, got it! Did you ever have any luck? I know I never heard any from mine. But I never asked either. Thanks for the reply

I did like your mock story........Snickers? Why not Mounds bars? No one ever says Mounds bars! Geeeee :)

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#19 Mar 6, 2014
Sally Brown wrote:
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Ok, got it! Did you ever have any luck? I know I never heard any from mine. But I never asked either. Thanks for the reply
I did like your mock story........Snickers? Why not Mounds bars? No one ever says Mounds bars! Geeeee :)
No, I didn't.

I heard bits and pieces from his sister. And with the Internet, I read up about his ship.

When I connected the dots, I knew he was involved in some serious, umm, stuff. I know his ship took a direct kamikaze hit.

But I was born over 20 years after that. And my memory of him was always him laughing and having those around him laugh and have some fun with life.

I don't recall him ever being angry.

The pained look on his face when I asked him about his service was a shock to me. If I knew now when I asked my question, I would have asked him about the wonders and happy things he recalled in his service.

And btw, I choose Snickers over Mounds because I'm not a fan of coconut. Except when I tossed in an order for Samoa's (depending on your region, Caramel Delights) on top of the 3 boxes of Thin Mints to encourage my niece.

Aside from that, I'm still not a fan of coconut.


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#20 Mar 7, 2014
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No, I didn't.
I heard bits and pieces from his sister. And with the Internet, I read up about his ship.
When I connected the dots, I knew he was involved in some serious, umm, stuff. I know his ship took a direct kamikaze hit.
But I was born over 20 years after that. And my memory of him was always him laughing and having those around him laugh and have some fun with life.
I don't recall him ever being angry.
The pained look on his face when I asked him about his service was a shock to me. If I knew now when I asked my question, I would have asked him about the wonders and happy things he recalled in his service.
And btw, I choose Snickers over Mounds because I'm not a fan of coconut. Except when I tossed in an order for Samoa's (depending on your region, Caramel Delights) on top of the 3 boxes of Thin Mints to encourage my niece.
Aside from that, I'm still not a fan of coconut.
Coconut? Is that what they put in Mounds bars? LOL :)
Caramel Delights (aka Samoa's) Yes I do recall both names through the years, good choice. Thin Mints those too. I haven't had any Girl Scout cookies for years, sounds like she has you wrapped around her finger. Encouragement is always good especially when it comes in sweets.

I understand your disappointment in your missed opportunity to ask him about his happy times in service. Instead he gave you something greater, memories. I think too many people dwell on the past and look at the negative way to much. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine, other times yes you do need to cry, get angry, be sad/depressed. Sometimes a person only chooses to share the other feelings with only a few people. Or maybe even by themselves behind closed doors. What he did worked for him and his family and friends. Be happy he could work through it.

Have a good evening/morning/afternoon!

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