A Canadian couple has been forced to live separately after 62 years of togetherness only because they cannot stay in the same care home.
Since their teenage, Wolf Gottschalk and his wife Anita have been together. They lived in the same apartment complex in Dusseldorf, Germany with their families and got married in 1954. The 83-year-old Wolf worked in the construction industry while his 81-year-old wife was employed in the retail sector.
The couple shifted to British Columbia few months after their marriage for a better life for themselves and their children. They successfully achieved their goal and went for a family. A son and two girls completed the family. After an ideal life of 62 years, the couple had to live separately for the last eight months because of the shortage of space at care homes.
Wolf has been diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this week following his early stages’ symptoms of dementia. He is also suffering from congestive heart failure.
The incident came into limelight when the couple’s granddaughter Ashley Bartyik described of her sadness and disappointment on the forceful separation of her grandparents. In a Facebook posting, she mentioned the current situation, which has gone viral.”After 62 years together, they’re inseparable. They do everything together,” she wrote.
The granddaughter of the old Canadian couple told a media outlet that Anita took care of Wolf until January when the doctor said the condition of the latter was worsening and he needed special care and attention. She expressed her frustration on seeing the facilities in The Residence located at Morgan Heights. They were not even allowed to take their meal together because of the lack of required facilities.
The Daily Mail reported that Bartyik captured her grandpa’s photo where he is seen looking out of the window waiting for his wife and remembering him all the time by calling out her pet names like his “little mouse.”