Floyd and Violet Hartwig had the kind of love story we all dream of. Although they first met in elementary school, their romantic relationship didn’t begin until World War II when they met again on the dance floor.
The couple sent over 100 letters to each other between 1946 and 1948, something not often seen in today’s technology-driven world. It wasn’t long until they married in August of 1947.
Here’s an excerpt of one of the letters:
“Miss you darling and so in love with you. … Honey, I’ll sure be glad when I get out of this. It sure isn’t for me, though at one time I thought the Navy was pretty swell. That was before I fell in love with the sweetest girl in the world.”
Floyd took the role of caretaker for Violet as she battled dementia. Unexpectedly, Floyd began to have health troubles of his own and was diagnosed with kidney failure. He was given two weeks to live.
In a matter of a few days, both Floyd and Violet were on hospice care, and their family did everything they could to make them comfortable. The only request the couple made was to die at home. They ended their lives side by side holding hands. Their story is a testament to the fact that true love never dies.
Watch the touching video below as one of their children, Donna, talks about their sweet love story, which shows pictures and letters from their life together.