William Stewart, 73, and Carol, 69, of Salem, each died within seconds of each other of COVID-19 on December 30, while holding hands as they drew their last breaths

William, 73, and Carol, 69, died on December 30 after having been married for 44 years, died hand-in-hand from COVID-19 in the ICU last week

An unvaccinated New Hampshire couple, who had been married for 44 years, died hand-in-hand from COVID in hospital as their family stood next to them wearing head-to-toe protective gear.

William and Carol Stewart, aged 73 and 69, of Salem, each died within seconds of each other on December 30, while holding hands as they drew their last breaths.

Daughter Melissa Noke said their entire family of eight tested positive for COVID-19. Carol was on life support for two weeks, William for eight days. William suffered from lung, kidney and renal failure towards the end of his life.

Noke said they were a close-knit couple.

“They’ve known each other since they were four, been together 45 years, married 44 years,” Noke said.

The family was prevented from visiting their parents at Parkland until their “Hero Walk” on Dec. 30. William and Carol were wheeled past family and brought into a room together.

“My mother and father died within a few seconds of each other,” Noke said. “When my father’s hand touched my mother’s hand, he took his last breath. And then 10 seconds later, my mother followed suit. It was amazing to actually see their hands touch like that.”

Noke said her family was relieved their parents did not suffer any longer.

William and Carol Stewart, of Salem, each died within seconds of each other of COVID-19 on December 30, while holding hands as they drew their last breaths, pictured above

‘They would get up and just dance together, Dad would sing to Mom.’

‘Every time he came home from work he’d say, “Honey, I’m home.”‘

‘In the morning — every single morning — he would make her a cup of coffee, and then knock on the bedroom door and say, “Room service!,”‘ she said. 

‘They were cute together. They were really cute.’

New Hampshire, the state where the Stewarts lived, had an increase of 36 percent in new COVID cases over the last two weeks, according to the most recent data.

Meanwhile, expenses have been piling up to cover the costs of the funerals, as her family continues to mourn, Noke told WMUR. 

Those who are interested in donating can do so via the family’s GoFundMe


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