By Courtney Collen
Aug 07, 2016
"The VA was doing as much as they could until about 7-8 weeks ago. Said there isn't more they could do," Lee explained.It's one of those stories that rarely comes around once in a lifetime. A story of an elderly man and woman with incredible faith and 63 years of marriage.
After some recent falls, Henry's condition worsened.
"He said, 'I need to go to the nursing home'. They put mom and dad in the same room which was very sweet," Lee said with a smile.
As their health got worse, their faith and love for God, their family and each other grew stronger until the very end.
After they married in 1953, the journey of life took Henry and Jeanette De Lange to Platte, South Dakota. He was a Korean War Veteran. She was a musician, worked at the Platte Care Center and took care of their five children.
It wasn't until Sunday, July 31, 2016 when their children got a call from the Platte Care Center.
"They said both your mom and dad aren't doing very well at all. Highly recommended that we get there as soon as we could," son Lee De Lange said.
Lee's mom, at 87 years-old, suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and had been in nursing home care since 2011.
"Dad visited mom once a day, twice, or maybe three times a day. It was very sweet," Lee said. "Wednesday or Thursday, she had stopped eating. She was dehydrated."
The clock on the wall said 5:30 p.m. when Henry went to heaven, twenty minutes after his beloved wife.
"We're calling it a beautiful act of God's providential love and mercy. You don't pray for it because it seems mean but you couldn't ask for anything more beautiful."
It doesn't end there; the clock told another story.
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