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Ohio couple married for 64 years dies within hours of each other holding hands Staff




Bill Schafrath, 88, and Nancy Schafrath, 85 (Photo courtesy Pat Cornelius)

A Wooster couple married for more than 64 years died within hours of each other, holding hands until the end.

Bill Schafrath, 88, and Nancy Schafrath, 85, died on Christmas Eve within five hours of each other, The Daily Record reported.

“In the last couple weeks, when he couldn’t get out of bed anymore, we’d push their beds together in the middle of the room,” Pat Cornelius, the couple’s niece, told The Daily Record. “So they literally held hands for the last week of their life.”

Bill was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea from 1951-1953, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Wooster Elks, Massillon Moose Lodge, V.F.W. of Canal Fulton and American Legion Post 68 of Wooster. He made a career as a bricklayer, according to The Daily Record.

Nancy was a teller at Wayne Savings Community Bank and worked her way up to vice president and manager of the bank’s Cleveland Road Branch. She was a member of the Quota club, Friends and Neighbors of Every Women’s House and a volunteer for Friendtique and People to People Ministries.

Read more about this story at The Daily Record.

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