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Couple married almost 70 years dies minutes apart


By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

SKOKIE, Ill. — An Illinois couple married for 69 years died minutes apart, according to their daughter.

Isaac and Teresa Vatkin died last weekend, their daughter, Clara, told WGN.
The couple immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s, according to Clara, and had a loving marriage until the very end.

The couple’s health had declined in recent years and they were both taken to the hospital last weekend. When doctors determined that the couple did not have much time left, they were placed side by side so they could hold hands. Teresa died first, and Isaac died not more than 20 minutes later, according to Clara.

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