Kansas couple dies of coronavirus on same day, hours apart

Albert “Bert” & Carol Stevenson spent their last few hours together holding hands in bed at the Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas, on Friday January 8.

SALINA, Kan. – Albert “Bert” and Carol Stevenson met later in life, after previous marriages that happened years before, at a Kansas restaurant in 2009. The couple loved to camp and go on their pontoon across the lake. 

“They said they were just going to date, then my dad ended up moving into the house with her,” said Bert’s daughter Sharolyn Hoffman, of Salina, Kansas.

“They said they were too old to get married, and one day they called me and told me they were getting married. I thought they were joking,” Hoffman said. “Turns out they were not.”

The couple both tested positive for the coronavirus at the end of December and started out the new year battling the virus.

After nearly two weeks of several ups and downs, they died less than two hours apart while holding each other’s hands in bed at the Salina Regional Health Center.

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