On April 28, their 7 children, 20 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren watched through a Zoom live video as a priest performed ‘Anointing of the Sick,’ a sacrament recognized by the Catholic church.
The great family legacy the Olwigs left behind felt blessed to see the priest, who was also a family friend, ask for God’s peace and protection over them one last time.
St. Louis-area couple married nearly 61 years die on same day from COVID-19 https://t.co/mlrFT4ejOU
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) May 8, 2020
The life support was removed from the couple on May 1. Bill passed away first, and his beloved wife breathed her last breath just 40 minutes later.
“It’s devastating,” remarked their son Pat. “And I know they’re just this one small part of this thing that’s hitting people all over the world.”