Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Couple die just 32 hours apart, don't know other is dead

See also

One couple in New Jersey had been married for 67 years and they died just one day apart, in different hospitals.

But the one didn't know the other had passed.

"I wonder why they were not in the same hospital," says San Francisco resident, Doris Reid.

The Huffington Post says that Olympia DeNittis, aged 95, died in Edison, New Jersey, last Sunday, after a battle with pneumonia, according to the Asbury Park Press

Then Michael DeNittis, aged 94, died the very next day in New Brunswick, NJ.

The family of Michael DeNittis never told him about Olympia's death, hoping he'd keep trying to fight the colon cancer he'd been plagued with for four years, says the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Yet the family thinks Michael may have already known Olympia had died. He had dreamt about it. In reality, the couple died just 32 hours apart, in separate Middlesex County hospitals.

"It was bizarre," states his granddaughter, AnnMarie McDonald. "I think instinctually he knew she had died."

The couple had been childhood sweethearts and lived a block away from each other in Port Reading, NJ. They married after World War II.

Michael was described as "dying of a broken heart," says McDonald, and he wanted to die first "so he wouldn’t have to enter heaven without her there to welcome him."

AnneMarie says the whole family is devastated:

"They were both remarkable people. We relied on their guidance and insight until the end. And now they’re together."


Follow Sheila on Twitter (@Sheilamba)

Subscribe to Sheila's articles for updates in your inbox as they are written. The Subscribe button is beside the author's photo. Your email will never be shared. Period.

See the video that accompanies this article for more on this story.

See other headlines from this week in the "Suggested by the Author" section below.

What do YOU think?

See these other articles by this Examiner:

Zoo kills young giraffe, publicly feeds to lions

Judge: Okay to flash headlights to warn drivers of cops

Firefighter cuffed, put in squad car, helping crash victims

Sochi 2014: is toothpaste next bomb threat?

Furniture store owner happy to lose $7M Super Bowl bet (Part 2)

Furniture store owner happy to lose $7M Super Bowl bet



  • Gaza conflict
    Israel official: Ceasefire and expanding Gaza conflict are both being discussed
  • Air Algerie crash
    Conflicting reports about the Air Algerie disappearance begin to emerge
    Top News
  • Arizona execution
    A Senator familiar with torture denounces Joseph Wood's botched execution as such
    US News
  • Ray Rice suspended
    Ravens' running back Ray Rice is suspended for two games for a domestic violence arrest
  • Amazon tribe falls ill
    An Amazonian tribe catches influenza after making first contact with the developed world
  • CIA prison in Poland
    Poland is declared guilty of human rights violations for hosting a secret CIA prison

Related Videos:

  • Diabetic glucose testing
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518200015" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • China river turns blood red: Natural phenomenon, biblical plague, or act of men?
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518342493" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • 551 pound convict: House arrest unecessary, claims convict too fat to leave home
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>