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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Truth is Stranger than Fiction 2006.8

Couple to Get Married at Funeral Home
From Associated Press
February 14, 2006 5:35 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Daisy Judy and John Franko are getting married at the same place where they mourned the death of their spouses. The couple, both 62, selected Richards Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home as the place to get married.

They met there in 2004 while attending meetings of a grief-support group. Each was mourning the death of a spouse of more than 40 years.

"It sounds odd, but we've grown so accustomed to the place," Judy said.

Judy's husband, Joe, died about three months after being diagnosed with leukemia. Franko's wife, Kathy, had battled breast cancer for 20 years.

After attending the group meetings, the couple became bicycling partners and later passed evenings talking on Judy's porch.

"It just really grew from there," Judy said.

"We kind of are disappointed that we're not going to be attending the grief-support group, but we're not grieving anymore," she said with a smile.


Brennan said...

Well, this seems strange, but I'm not sure I find anything strange about it. These people grew out of grief. A happy instance, in my mind. I don't know, what do you think?

Allan R. Bevere said...

Happy to be sure, but still strange. I have to say there is something goulish about the whole thing.