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Couple married for more than 64 years die while holding hands after pushing their beds together so they could be close during their final week

  • Bill Schafrath, 88, died at approximately 7am while his 85-year-old wife, Nancy, died at approximately 11am at Brookdale Senior Living in Wooster, Ohio
  • The couple had been living at the assisted living facility for the past year 
  • They did not have any children but Bill was one of 12 siblings, meaning that they had many nieces and nephews, along with roughly 200 other family members 
  • Massive family convened at the couple’s funeral Mass on January 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church 
  • Schafraths had been going to that church since they were married
  • Bill was a bricklayer while Nancy had been working at a local bank for more than 30 years  

Bill Schafrath, 88, died at approximately 7am while his 85-year-old wife, Nancy, died at approximately 11am at Brookdale Senior Living in Wooster, Ohio

Bill Schafrath, 88, died at approximately 7am while his 85-year-old wife, Nancy, died at approximately 11am at Brookdale Senior Living in Wooster, Ohio

An Ohio couple who had been married for more than 64 years died within five hours of each other on Christmas Eve, holding hands as they shared their last breaths. 

Bill Schafrath, 88, died at approximately 7am while his 85-year-old wife, Nancy, died at approximately 11am at Brookdale Senior Living in Wooster, Ohio. 

The Schafraths had been living at the assisted living facility for the past year.

‘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, explained to the Daily Record. ‘So they literally held hands for the last week of their life.’ 

Other family members have shared their amazement at how close the couple’s death were to one another. 

‘It’s almost like they decided that if one went, the other would go, too,’ their nephew, John Moritz, said. ‘Somehow they knew.’ 

The Schafraths did not have any children but Bill was one of 12 siblings, meaning that they had many nieces and nephews, along with roughly 200 other family members. 

'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, explained. 'So they literally held hands for the last week of their life'

‘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, explained. ‘So they literally held hands for the last week of their life’

The massive family convened at the couple’s funeral Mass on January 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church, where the pair had been going to church since they first got married.

Actively involved in their church, the Schafraths was also known well within their community. 

Bill was a US Army veteran who served in the Korean War from 1951-1953. He made a career as a bricklayer, mostly working for Bogner Construction, and was a member os the Bricklayers and Masonry and Plasterers International Union of America. 

Nancy spent 35 years working for Wayne Savings Community Bank, starting as a teller and eventually becoming the first vice president and manager of the bank’s Cleveland Road branch. 

Both were a part of community groups in the area and Nancy was even a volunteer for Friendtique and People to People Ministries. 

The Schafraths had been living at the assisted living facility for the past year

The Schafraths had been living at the assisted living facility for the past year

The Schafraths enjoyed playing cards and spent a lot of time outdoors. In the winter, they often went to Tampa, Florida, to enjoy the heat. 

Nancy was described as being ‘extremely outgoing, bubbly and energetic’ who liked to ‘joke around a lot.’ 

Her husband was known for his garden and for the work he put into his yard at the couple’s home. 

‘He grew his own tomatoes and liked to cook. He was a cook in the Army, and so he did all the cooking for them. And he loved taking care of his beautiful home and garden outside,’ Cornelius said. ‘Everything was meticulous all the time.’ 

Ohio couple married for more than 64 years die within hours of each other while holding hands

Elon Musk’s girlfriend Grimes announces she is pregnant with her first child by posing NUDE – before hitting back at fan claiming she is ‘securing his coin’

  • The musician, 31, announced the news by posting a nude Instagram photo which showed an emerging baby bump, with a foetus Photoshopped onto her stomach
  • Though the initial post was only captioned with emojis, the Oblivion singer described herself as ‘knocked up’ in a response to a fan comment
  • Things took an interesting turn on the post when a fan commented on the announcement, claiming she was ‘securing the Tesla CEO’s coin’ 
  • The billionaire venture capitalist, 48, has been linked to Grimes – real name Claire Boucher – since May 2018
  • The pair met on Twitter after the father-of-five made a joke about artificial intelligence and she contacted him via direct message 
  • Musk is already a father of five from his marriage to first wife author Justine Wilson; tragically, their first child died of sudden infant death syndrome  
  • Just last month, Grimes called kids ‘nightmare creatures’ during a chat with Interview Magazine

Elon Musk’s indie pop artist girlfriend Grimes confirmed she is pregnant with her first child in a social media post shared on Wednesday. 

The musician, 31, announced the news by posting a nude Instagram photo which showed an emerging baby bump, with a foetus Photoshopped onto her stomach. 

Though the initial post was only captioned with emojis, the Oblivion singer described herself as ‘knocked up’ in a response to a comment.

The billionaire venture capitalist, 48, has been linked to Grimes – real name Claire Boucher – since May 2018, with the pair meeting on Twitter after the father-of-five made a joke about artificial intelligence and she contacted him via direct message.  

Shock announcement: Elon Musk's indie pop artist girlfriend Grimes confirmed she is pregnant with her first child in a social media post shared on Wednesday

Shock announcement: Elon Musk’s indie pop artist girlfriend Grimes confirmed she is pregnant with her first child in a social media post shared on Wednesday

VIP pals: The couple were last pictured at the Kardashian Christmas party, seen above with A-listers like Kim K, husband Kanye West, Migos rapper Quavo and his girlfriend, fellow rapper Saweetie

VIP pals: The couple were last pictured at the Kardashian Christmas party, seen above with A-listers like Kim K, husband Kanye West, Migos rapper Quavo and his girlfriend, fellow rapper Saweetie

DailyMail.com has reached out to Grimes’ spokesperson for comment. 

In the photo, Grimes appears topless while sporting long orange and brunette braids that drape over her burgeoning bump, which features a faint Photoshopped image of a fetus.

Things took an interesting turn on the post when a fan commented on the announcement, saying: ‘omg queen of securing elon’s coin forreal #businesswoman’

Grimes was obviously not happy with the assertion as she responded: ‘I don’t need $ from a man, Grimes is self-funded.’

'I don't need $ from a man': Things did take an interesting turn on the post as a fan commented that she was 'securing elons coin' which Grimes responded to

‘I don’t need $ from a man’: Things did take an interesting turn on the post as a fan commented that she was ‘securing elons coin’ which Grimes responded to

Tesla entrepreneur Musk and the Canadian-born artist have been linked since May 2018, when they debuted their relationship at the Met Gala.

They were last pictured together celebrating the holidays at the VIP packed Kardashian family Christmas party. 

Musk is already a father of five sons from his marriage to first wife author Justine Wilson which ended in 2008.

Tragically, the former couple’s first child Nevada died of sudden infant death syndrome at 10 weeks old in 2002.

Elon and Justin share twins Griffin and Xavier, 15 and triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian, 13.   

After baring all in the post, Grimes was commended by followers for the uncensored photo.

Double trouble: Tesla entrepreneur Elon, 48, and the Canadian-born artist - real name Claire Boucher - have been linked since May 2018, when they debuted their relationship at the Met Gala, above

Double trouble: Tesla entrepreneur Elon, 48, and the Canadian-born artist – real name Claire Boucher – have been linked since May 2018, when they debuted their relationship at the Met Gala, above

Responding to one, she seemed to confirm that she way expecting, writing back: ‘I thought about censoring them for a hot minute haha (this may get taken down anyway) but the photo is so much less feral without the nipples. 

Explaining her state of mind, she went on to say: ‘Plus being knocked up is a very feral & war-like state of being. Might as well be what it is.’

She continued, revealing the post was a toss-up for the Art Angels creator. 

‘Plus most of my friends told me not to post them so then I was afflicted w reverse psychology. 

‘Interrogated my shame on it and decided it was sum weird internalized self hatred to feel uncomfortable abt my body. Hope ur having a nice day!’

Inside joke: According to the couple, they first linked up over Twitter after Elon tweeted a joke about the artificial intelligence thought experiment 'Roko's Basilisk' that Grimes had already made in a 2015 music video

Inside joke: According to the couple, they first linked up over Twitter after Elon tweeted a joke about the artificial intelligence thought experiment ‘Roko’s Basilisk’ that Grimes had already made in a 2015 music video

On the same level: While the obscure quip flew far, far over most people's head, Grimes was tickled by the remark and decided to slide into Musk's DMs. It turns out she already made the same joke in the music video for her 2015 track Flesh Without Blood, above

On the same level: While the obscure quip flew far, far over most people’s head, Grimes was tickled by the remark and decided to slide into Musk’s DMs. It turns out she already made the same joke in the music video for her 2015 track Flesh Without Blood, above 

The couple first linked up over Twitter after Elon tweeted a joke about the artificial intelligence thought experiment ‘Roko’s Basilisk.’

‘Rococo’s basilisk,’ he wrote as a joke back in spring 2018, mashing up the 18th century French art style with the serpentine synonym.

While the obscure quip flew far, far over most people’s head, Grimes was tickled by the remark and decided to slide into Musk’s DMs.

It turns out she already made the same joke in the music video for her 2015 track Flesh Without Blood. 

Apparently Elon is quite the fan of Grimes’ music, which is a moody blend of dream pop, R&B, electronic music, experimental, and other eclectic influences.

Fan club: Apparently Elon is quite the fan of Grimes' music, which is a moody blend of dream pop, R&B, electronic music, experimental, and other eclectic influences

Fan club: Apparently Elon is quite the fan of Grimes’ music, which is a moody blend of dream pop, R&B, electronic music, experimental, and other eclectic influences

Telling one Twitter user his girlfriend’s favorite tracks, he named ‘Flesh without Blood & Kill V Maim on Art Angels album’ as his top tracks.

It seems like Grimes’ attitude towards children has shifted significantly since she called young ones ‘nightmare creatures’ in an interview with Interview Magazine just last month.

Talking about her adventures in babysitting she said: ‘I’ve done some babysitting lately, and I’ve just been like, ‘Oh, f***. Kids are nightmare creatures.’

‘You have to stop them from being evil, and it’s existentially threatening. They just said something crazy, and if you don’t shut it down in the right way, they might turn out to be Hitler.’ 

Date night: Elon and Grimes are pictured in May 2019 during date night at Nobu Malibu above

Date night: Elon and Grimes are pictured in May 2019 during date night at Nobu Malibu above

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