New York couple Joan Sell Chapple, 87, and her husband Warren Capple, 93, were married for more than 70 years, spending their lives together in happy unison, according to the Daily News.
Since the day they were married, the couple stayed together wherever they went.
Warren and Joan shared a home in West Sand Lake, New York. They had two sons together and a budding family of three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Joan was originally from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and spent her days working as a seamstress and homemaker.
Warren hailed from Plattsburgh, New York. He was a Navy veteran, an avid Mets fan. He worked as a service technician, retiring 30 years ago.
Together, the couple owned Chapple’s Woodworking and Doll Company.
Later in life, Joan battled Alzheimer’s for years, and moved into a nursing home seven years ago as her disease progressed.
But Warren saw to it that they would still be inseparable day in and day out.
For two years straight, Warren would drive 10 miles to the nursing home to feed Joan her breakfast and return in the evening to feed her dinner. Warren would then sit with his wife until she fell asleep.
Joan wasn’t alone with her health problems, as Warren had struggles of his own to contend with. He suffered from esophageal cancer, which began to progress in January.
With Warren’s cancer taking over, he was no longer able to visit Joan the way he wanted. The last time he saw her was on Jan. 28. She passed away on Feb. 17 at the Van Rensselaer Manor.
With Warren constantly worrying about his wife, he had asked his son, Marc, how she was doing.
“She’s gone,” Marc said to his father, according to the Times Union. “You can go now.”
Warren passed away the day after his wife.
While no one is sure what caused Joan and Warren to pass only a day apart, their family is certain that they had an undeniable connection with each other, and that they are together again.
“He lived for my mother,” Marc told the Times Union.
“He kept her alive with that love,” Marc’s wife Pattie added.
“They were always together,” Pattie said. “They’re still together.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out for the Chapple family during this difficult time.
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