Married 70 years, Pittsburgh couple die day apart

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh couple married for 70 years have died a day apart.

Their daughter, Suzanne Rosenberger, says her 95-year-old father fell ill after saying goodbye to her 91-year-old mother and died the next day.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the couple, Robert and Eleanor Schilling, died in late May at a personal care home.

Rosenberger says her mother could barely remember life before meeting her father. She says her mother ignored her family’s wishes when she ran off to get married in April 1944.

Their marriage endured even though Eleanor Schilling was Republican and Protestant, while her husband was a Catholic Democrat. Rosenberger recalls that Sundays were “interesting.”

The Schillings are survived by three children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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