It was a story that stole people’s hearts.
Surrey seniors Anita and Wolfram Gottschalk had been together for 62 years but were forced to live apart after being placed at different care homes.
But their family fought so they could be reunited, and their wish finally came true.
Grandaughter Ashley Bartyik describes the moment they were finally together.
“My grandfather put his arms out in disbelief. He claps when he finds it easier to just tell everyone how he’s feeling if he can’t get his words out. My grandmother grabbed his face, they embraced, they kissed. It was lovely, they had all of their kids there as well.”
Family says the reunion “saw tears of joy for all involved.”
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Their love story got international media attention after a Facebook post from a family member went viral.
Anita lived at Morgan Heights while her husband was placed at a Yale Road Centre – a transitional facility.
Their family was forced to drive Anita 40 minutes every other day to see her husband.
They had been living apart since January, 2016.
“We were over the moon. We found out early on in the week that the move would happen but these things can change right? There can be emergency situations so we didn’t really say anything, we kept our fingers crossed and our prayers were answered yesterday”
But their family says that although they got a happy ending, the story isn’t over for other B.C. couples waiting to be together.
Bartyik says her role advocating for other senior couples is not done.
Fraser Health told CKNW that there are two couples currently waiting to be reunited, but it’s due to renovations.