Married 71 years, Ohio couple die from COVID-19 one day apart

Couple dies day apart from COVID, month short of 72nd anniversary
Updated: Jul. 2, 2020 at 10:22 PM EDT
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ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A family is mourning the loss of their parents, who died of COVID-19 just one day apart.

Glenn and Gertrude Richardson’s 72nd anniversary is Friday. Glenn passed away June 1, and Gertrude passed June 2.

They are survived by their two daughters, Gerry Broerman and Glenda Gibson, who took a moment to remember their parents Thursday with FOX19 NOW.

“He could tell stories like you wouldn’t believed,” Gibson said. “Mother was quiet. She was just our mother.”

Glenn and Gertrude first met in the 1940s while attending the same church. They graduated from Anderson High School and were married in 1948.

Broerman and Gibson say their mother had been in hospice care for the last four years.

“Every night they kissed when he would put her to bed,” Broerman recalled.

The sisters say a hospice worker told the couple she had come into contact with someone who had the virus.

“And 14 days to the day she told them she had been infected, that’s when he died,” Broerman said.

The sisters say their parents held hands until the end.

“She picked up his hand and dropped it. They say her eyes bugged out of her like she knew he died at that time,” explained Broerman.

Glenn and Gertrude Richardson’s 72nd anniversary would have been Friday. They died in June one...
Glenn and Gertrude Richardson’s 72nd anniversary would have been Friday. They died in June one day apart from COVID-19.(Provided)

“You could tell how much they loved each other,” Broerman added.

The sisters hope their parents’ love story will galvanize others to take the virus seriously.

“Don’t doubt,” said Broerman. “It’s serious. It can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter.”

“You think it only happens to the other person,” Gibson said. “But you’re the other person to someone else.”

Broerman and Gibson say they usually celebrate their parent’s anniversary on the Fourth of July with their two other siblings. They say that tradition will continue this year.

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