Elderly couple separated after 62 years together because of retirement home share happy reunion
Anita and Wolfram Gottschalk, the elderly Canadian couple that made headlines when they were forced to stay in separate nursing facilities, are finally back together after moving into the same residence.
The couple's granddaughter Ashley Bartiyik shared the news on Facebook a month after her initial post drew attention to the story. She also shared footage of the couple's happy reunion.
The Gottschalks, who've been married for 62 years, were initially forced to separate when they were placed in different transitional facilities while awaiting placement in a nursing home. In her Aug. 23 post pleading for help in reuniting the couple, Bartiyik wrote that her grandparents had been separated for eight months. Wolfram's recent lymphoma diagnosis coupled with advancing dementia made the situation more urgent.
The initial post drew thousands of shares and garnered support for the couple. Finally, on Thursday, Wolfram moved into the facility where Anita is staying.
"The reunion saw tears of joy for all involved," Bartiyik wrote in the post announcing the news. "They can now be under the same roof for their remaining years, and we couldn't be more grateful."