WYANDOTTE, Michigan (WDIV) -- Edna Kreger and her husband William were married 76 years.
The couple's children say it seems fitting that they died within a few hours of each other.
"He said he saw her coming down a stairway, and the first time he saw her he said he was in love with her and he was going to marry her," said Gretchen Wenk, the couple's daughter.
Because William was an Episcopalian and Edna was a Catholic, they eloped Dec. 31, 1936. They raised six children.
"The example they set was one of faith in God, giving to the community, community service," said Conrad Kreger, the couple's son.
William worked long hours in business and politics. He was Wyandotte's mayor in the 1950s and rubbed elbows with powerful people. None of them was as powerful as Edna.
"She ran the house, I would say. She was the glue that kept everything together," said Wenk.