It’s not often that couples are able to celebrate 5 years of marriage together, much less 73 years, like the grandparents of one young woman based in New Orleans. It’s been about nine days since Erin Solari first posted a touching video of her Grandparents, 92-year-old Howard and 93-year-old Laura making piece with the words on Laura’s final days, as she laid in a bed at a local hospice facility. Shortly after posting the video on Facebook, Erin and family were amazed at how quickly it went viral.
At around the 1-minute mark, Howard begins singing a song to Laura, one that’s very special to them and the family in general. The song, “You’ll Never Know” performed by Rosemary Clooney with Harry James, reminds the family of a once lively woman in Laura, who many would say had a voice that sounded identical to Rosemary Clooney’s.
“I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them,” Erin wrote. “Howard (Grandpa) is singing to her their love song, the song that comforted her when he went away to fight in World War II. At family gatherings, it was not uncommon for the two of them to sing this song together, each taking a verse and serenading the other. In fact, after fifty years of marriage, they renewed their vows and performed this song as a duet for the entire family at the reception. Sadly, Grandma is now too weak to sing, but that doesn’t stop her from saying the words to him (see at 1:00). Howard then takes over for her and sings the rest of the song to her while stroking her face.”
While Laura is legally blind, suffering from macular degeneration, and Howard barely able to hear or stand any longer, their love has clearly not faded with age.
Erin was able to provide a brief update last night on the condition of Laura, who is still with us, and was recently sent home by hospice in order to live out her final days.
“As of this posting my beautiful Grandma Laura Virginia is still with us resting peacefully at home,” Erin explains. “Our family along with the wonderful people from hospice are taking care of her and making sure she remains as pain-free and comfortable as possible while she prepares for her nearing departure. We all thank you so much for the love and kind words.”