Husband and wife passed away 20 minutes apart in real life 'The Notebook'

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If you can't get through The Notebook without crying, reading about the De Langes will feel like a heart wrenching sequel.

Henry and Jeanette De Lange, who had been married for 63 years, passed away within 20 minutes of each other July 31 in Platte, South Dakota.

Jeanette was a musician who was battling Alzheimers at the time of her death, while Henry was a Korean war veteran who was suffering from prostate cancer and had recently suffered a few bad falls, reported KSFY. The couple is survived by their five children.

The couple shared a room in a nursing home when Jeanette, aged 87, passed away peacefully at 5:10 p.m.

Lee De Lange told KSFY what his brother Keith said to their father after their mother passed away.

"Dad, mom's gone to heaven. You don't have to fight anymore," Keith told his father. "If you wanna go too, you can."

Just a few minutes after his son's blessing, according to KSFY, Henry, aged 86, passed away at 5:30 p.m.

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"We're calling it a beautiful act of God's providential love and mercy," Lee De Lange said. "You don't pray for it because it seems mean but you couldn't ask for anything more beautiful."

For more information about Jeanette and Henry De Lange's love story, their joint obituary is on legacy.com.

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