Husband and wife of 63 years pass away within 20 minutes of one another

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Husband And Wife Of 63 Years Pass Away Within 20 Minutes Of One Another

Couples that have stood the test of time often share a bond that transcends typical connections.

Henry and Jeanette De Lange of Platte, South Dakota were among them.

After 63 years of marriage, the two passed away within 20 minutes of one another, reports KSFY.

Jeanette, 87, had been suffering from Alzheimer's and was placed in a nursing home in 2011.

Her husband, Henry, 86, visited her daily despite his ongoing struggle with prostate cancer.

As his condition worsened, he, too, required constant care, and joined Jeanette in the same room.

On July 31, their children were notified that Henry and Jeanette didn't have much time left.

The kids stood by the parents in their final moments, and, after Jeanette passed, one of them told Henry, "mom's gone to heaven. You don't have to fight anymore, you can go too if you want."

Minutes later, Henry joined her.

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In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber, left, and her spouse, Pearl Berlin, laugh while at their home in High Point, N.C. The couple, who have been together 48 years and legally married in Maine in 2013, have a federal challenge pending against North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, pictures from their wedding on June 2, 2013, in Greensboro, N.C., adorn the dining room wall in Pearl Berlin and Lennie Gerber's home, in High Point, N.C. The couple have a federal lawsuit pending to make gay marriage legal in their home state. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Pearl Berlin, right, listens as her spouse, Lennie Gerber, talks about a federal lawsuit, at their home in High Point, N.C. Their suit is one of four challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber, right, hands a cup of coffee to her spouse, Pearl Berlin, in the kitchen of their High Point, N.C., home. Berlin is 89, and in fragile health, so their fight to overturn North Carolina's gay marriage ban has taken on an urgency. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber walks near the Gay Pride magnets and bumper stickers that decorate the refrigerator at her home in High Point, N.C. Gerber, and her spouse, Pearl Berlin, who have been together 48 years, say their lawsuit to end the state's gay marriage ban is just an extension of their lifelong civil rights struggle. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Pearl Berlin, right, listens as her spouse, Lennie Gerber, talks about a federal lawsuit, at their home in High Point, N.C. Their suit is one of four challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, a magazine cover depicting two women walking down the marriage aisle sits on the floor in Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin's home in High Point, N.C. Berlin is 89, and in failing health, and the couple are running out of time to have their marriage legally recognized in their adopted home state. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, a personalized picture book sits on the dining room table in Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin's home in High Point, N.C. The couple were married in Maine last year, but they want their home state to legally recognize their love. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, two female ducks are depicted on the ketubah hanging in the sunroom in Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin's home in High Point, N.C. The traditional Jewish document commemorates their religious union, but the gay couple are fighting to get that same legal recognition from their adopted state. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, the faces of Lennie Gerber, left, and Pearl Berlin stare out from an award on a shelf in their High Point, N.C., home. The couple have now been together 48 years, and they are fighting to overturn the state's constitutional amendment against gay marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Pearl Berlin, right, and her spouse, Lennie Gerber, react to a visitor's story at their home in High Point, N.C. At 89, Berlin is fighting to overturn the state's gay marriage ban so she and Gerber can be legally married in their adopted state. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin pose for a picture at their home, in High Point, N.C. Roman numerals indicate the date, June 2, 1966, that Gerber and Berlin consider the true anniversary of their relationship. The couple are suing to have the state of North Carolina recognize their marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
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