Elderly Couple Dies Hours Apart After Testing Positive for Coronavirus


While some families are saying goodbye to their loved one during the coronavirus crisis, others are painfully mourning the loss of two.

Over the weekend, Feliks Ogorodnik, 88, passed away four and a half hours after his wife Luizia, 84, reported People.

The Glenview, Illinois couple died of preexisting conditions and pneumonia associated with COVID-19. Ed Greenwald, their son-in-law, shared that the family has no idea how the married couple contracted the virus.

“They were a beautiful couple,” he said. “Very loving and wonderful grandparents and very integral to our family.”

Feliks and Luiza immigrated from Ukraine to the United more than 20 years ago. Their online obituary said the couple was thankful to live in the country and become U.S. citizens.

Before the couple moved, Feliks worked as a supply manager for a construction company, while his wife worked as a physician. The obituary said she “loved people and always sought to help those around her.”

Relatives described Feliks as a man whose family was vital to him. The family mentioned how Luiza was a very energetic woman who loved life.

With all of the sweet things the family said, the obituary also mentioned that the couple always strived to learn English and loved learning about America. “They will be greatly missed by their family and friends throughout the world.”

Feliks and Luiza are survived by their two daughters, Irina Greenwald and Janina Schnaper, and four grandchildren.

Johns Hopkins University has provided data surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, which has been adapted as an interactive. As of March 31, there have been 857,487 cases and 41,343 deaths worldwide.

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