When His Wife Of 73 Years Died, He Had One Request.

Joe and Helen Auer were married for 73 wonderful years.  When Joe found the love of his life deceased, he only had one thing to ask of her.

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Helen passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 94. It was Joe, her husband of 73 years, who found Helen first. He walked up to his departed wife, gave her a quick kiss and told her, “Helen, call me home.”

 

Less than two days later, that call came. At the age of 100, Joe passed away a short 28 hours after Helen died, but the couple’s family says those were some of the longest hours of Joe’s life.

In their 73 years together, the Auers’ relationship outlasted the Depression and World War II, in which Joe spent over three years fighting. During Joe’s deployment, Helen welcomed the pair’s second child, and she sent her husband a photo of herself with their two kids. Joe carried that photo through the war, and he continued to keep the worn picture in his wallet until the day he died.

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The couple welcomed 10 kids into the world over their long lives together, and they are survived by 9 of those children, along with 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. All of them feel blessed to have come from such devoted and compassionate parents.

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“It’s a joyous time,” said their daughter Mary Jo Reiners. “Mom and Dad lived a blessed life.”

While Helen and Joe had their share of hardships, their family says their loyalty to one another allowed them to gently weather any troubles life sent their way.

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“They were simple, humble people. They wanted nothing and got everything in return,” said the Auers’ son Jerry. “If somebody were thinking of getting married, they could do a lot worse than to look at my parents.”

Auer Family

Auer Family

Now, with only a brief break apart, Helen and Joe are starting a new chapter of their story together.