Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer
The Notebook strikes again! Like Allie and Noah and California's Don and Maxine this past summer, another incredible love story comes our way. Ohio couple Helen and Joe Auer survived the Great Depression, World War II, and had 10 children together over the course of their 73-year marriage. And, in keeping with their seven-decade-long love story, the two died 28 hours apart this week.
Once Helen passed Wednesday night, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Joe gave his wife one final kiss and said, "Helen, call me home." Their children didn't think he'd last long without her, and they were right: Just 28 hours after his wife left this earth, 100-year-old Joe followed.
"They were simple, humble people. They wanted nothing and got everything in return," the Auer's youngest son, Jerry, told the Cincinatti Enquirer.
As mentioned previously, they survived a world war and continued to grow their family together. Helen had their first child before the war broke out, but unfortunately, as she was pregnant with their second, Joe was called to war. After making it through the horrors of D-Day, Joe received a letter from Helen with a photo of her and their two young children. Joe carried that picture in his wallet until the day he died. "It never left his wallet," Jerry said of the sweet snap. "It's still in there right now."
Jerry also said that young bride-and-grooms-to-be would do well to look to his parents as an example of marital strength and happiness: "If somebody were thinking of getting married, they could do a lot worse than to look at my parents."