Bill and Pat Olwig married 60 years, died less than an hour apart of COVID-19

Bill and Pat Olwig St. Louis COVID-19 death
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Bill and Pat Olwig built a long and fulfilling life full of love together, starting in 1959. They raised seven children, were active in their Catholic church (St. Ferdinand in Florissant and St. Joe’s of Cottleville), and watched lots of soccer games together. Pat Bill and Pat were most happy when they were together, and their spark never seemed to fade.

In September 2019 they moved to an independent supported care facility together and became active in the social activities there.

In mid-April they began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including a cough and fatigue. They were both hospitalized on April 25 after experiencing worsening symptoms. April 26 they both were put on ventilators.

Bill and Pat would have celebrated 61 years of marriage together later in May 2020, but instead they both passed away from COVID-19 within about 40 minutes of each other on May 1st. Bill was 85, Pat was 83.

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Fatama Lucille Yamnitz and Alva F. Yamnitz

Fatama Lucille Yamnitz and Alva F. Yamnitz died of COVID-19 within days of eachother
Image credit for Fatama and Alva Yamnitz: Perryville News

Fatama Lucille (White) Yamnitz married the love of her life, Alva “Al” Yamnitz in 1952 and they had two sons. Al retired from the Army and ended up working as a baker for Kroger for 38 years.

The Yamnitzs lived happily in the St. Louis suburb of Normandy until COVID-19 took both their lives. Fatama passed on April 8, 2020 and Al died three days later on April 11 in the same hospital. Al was 89, Fatama was 85.

They both were involved with the Scouts together, and eventhough they had no daughters Lucille was involved with the Girl Scouts and was much loved by her troop member “daughters”. Lucille and Alva traveled the country together by car and camped and visited along the way. For their 50th wedding anniversary they took a cross country train trip.

Fatama and Alva are survived by their two sons, grandchildren, church family, and community who loved and missed them dearly.

I couldn’t find any pictures of them online, so I just combined the two pics from their obituaries as the main photo here. It looks like it used to be one pic!

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