Death of couple sad, yet beautiful
Mar 26, 2011, 5:38 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm
Although sad, there is something comforting in the death of a couple on the Olympic Peninsula. They died as they lived – together.
A 61-year-old man called 9-1-1 to report that his wife had a heart attack and died while trying to perform CPR to save her life.
The Clallam County Sheriff’s office released the couple’s names today. They were Charles Lorme and his wife, Geraldine, 59, from the town of Joyce, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Authorities say there’s no indication of foul play.
Lorme called 911 at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and told the dispatcher that his wife had collapsed and wasn’t breathing, adding that he was going to start CPR. The line then went silent.
The man was found slumped over his wife’s body when paramedics and sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home about eight minutes later. Rescuers had to break into the house. They tried to revive both, but were unable to.
This story reminds me of a couple from Kingston, Robert and Darlene Moser, who died together after a 62-year marriage. He was 84 and she was 80 when her health declined rapidly due to cancer. As her cancer was determined to be terminal, Robert told his family he was dying of terminal cancer too.
His family thought he was making that up. He wasn’t. Darlene died January 23, 2009. Six hours later, Robert died too.
These kinds of stories catch our attention because though sad, it seems like a beautiful way to go after many years of being together with the one you love.