Tribune has recently published a story about LaVerne and Robert Werner, who were both born in Meyersdale, she in 1920 and he in 1921, and, except for their many travels, spent their lives in the borough.
On Tuesday, after 65 years of marriage, the couple died just 12 hours apart at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor Estates.
Their son, Barry Werner, also of Meyersdale, said his father had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
His mother cared for him until four months ago when they were moved to the personal-care home where they shared a room.
“They did everything together,” Barry Werner said. “They didn't always agree with each other, but if one went, the other was going to follow soon.”
He said his mother died first, probably the result of small mini-strokes.
“She was tired. She was ready to give up.”
Despite his diminished awareness, Barry Werner said he believes his father knew that his wife was gone. “Something was wrong,” he said. “I could tell by his actions that something was bothering him.
“She went in peace and he did the same thing. I think he heard her calling – that she told him that it was OK.”
“He came first,” their son said. “She always made sure he had enough to eat. You had to pretty much force her to eat. Her first concern was always for him.”
Robert Werner was a veteran of World War II. “He didn't talk much about the war. But he did tell about one night being in a foxhole and the Japanese killed his buddy on his left and on his right. The next morning he realized they were killed.”
The couple developed a love of travel.
“They’ve seen all the states but Alaska,” Werner said. “They were in Hawaii twice and to Mexico, and we've been to England.”