Elderly couple living in different care homes reunited after this photo went viral

Lucy Pasha-Robinson@lucypasha
Saturday 24 September 2016 10:15
Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk are reunited after living in separate care homes for nearly a year(Ashley Kaila B/Facebook)

An elderly couple have been reunited after spending nearly a year living apart in separate care homes.

Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk’s story tugged at heartstrings worldwide when their granddaughter shared the photo below of their moving, tear-filled goodbye after a visit in August.

Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk say goodbye as they go back to their separate care homes (Picture: Ashley Kaila B/Facebook)(Ashley Kaila B/Facebook)

Ashley Bartyik announced the happy news on Friday that her grandparents, who have been married for 62 years, were being reunited at the same home.

"Thursday our family joyfully witnessed the reunification of Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk. Wolfram has finally been moved to the same facility as Anita at the residence at Morgan Heights,” she said.

"The reunion saw tears of joy for all involved. They can now be under the same roof for their remaining years, and we couldn't be more grateful."

According to Ashley, every other day, a family member would make the 40 minute journey so they could see each other, and every goodbye would be tearful.

She posted the photo in August hoping the media attention might help speed up the move, as grandfather Wolfram suffers from dementia.

Ashley’s family feared his memory would deteriorate the longer he was separated from his wife.

In a moving video posted on Ashley’s facebook page, the couple are seen clutching at each other’s hands and kissing.

Anita is heard saying to Wolfram: "Look at me, look at me. I love you.”