Couple Married for 63 Years Die Just 20 Minutes Apart

August 8, 2016 Updated: August 25, 2017

Henry and Jeanette De Lange died 20 minutes apart on July 31 in the same room at a nursing home in Platte, South Dakota, KSFY reported.

“We’re calling it a beautiful act of God’s providential love and mercy,” Lee De Lange, their son, told the station. “You don’t pray for it because it seems mean, but you couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful.”

Jeanette De Lange, 87, died first at 5:10 p.m. “She passed away very, very peacefully. Incredibly peacefully,” Lee said of his mother.

And 20 minutes later at 5:30 p.m., her longtime husband, Henry, died. According to KSFY, their children said he briefly opened his eyes and looked at his wife before his death.

“[A sibling] said ‘the time was 5:10 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. and look at the clock’. So I looked at the clock and it said 5:30. That’s odd. I looked at the watch on my wrist, it said 5:55 p.m. It stopped at 5:30, the exact time dad passed away,” Lee elaborated.

The family can’t explain how the battery-operated clock on the wall stopped at that exact time.

Several months ago, George and Ora Lee Rodriguez, a couple married for 58 years, died just a few hours apart from one another in their San Antonio, Texas, home. They died surrounded by family and holding each other’s hands. “I just can’t believe something like this would ever happen. You hear this on the movies…like the Notebook,” Corina Martinez, their daughter, told FOX6 at the time.