Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

ANNE GENEVIEVE COUDRIET / OCT. 21, 1923 - JUNE 23, 2017 DONALD ALVIN COUDRIET SR./JULY 14, 1923 - JUNE 24, 2017 HUSBAND AND WIFE DIE A DAY APART, RELISHED 75 YEARS OF LIVING IN BLISS [Corrected 07/05/17]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

ANNE GENEVIEVE COUDRIET / OCT. 21, 1923 - JUNE 23, 2017 DONALD ALVIN COUDRIET SR./JULY 14, 1923 - JUNE 24, 2017 HUSBAND AND WIFE DIE A DAY APART, RELISHED 75 YEARS OF LIVING IN BLISS [Corrected 07/05/17]

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The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on June 27, 2017.Donald Coudriet was the youngest of nine children; his wife, Anne, was the second-youngest of nine. Their birth order was incorrect in their joint obituary Monday. Also, Mr. Coudriet lost a brother, Teddy, in World War II. His first name was incorrect.

Anne Genevieve Carse was born in Brookline, the second-youngest of nine children. Donald Alvin Coudriet Sr. was from Knoxville, the youngest among nine siblings.

They were sophomores when they met and became sweethearts at Pittsburgh's South Hills High School. And just 18 when, on Dec. 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they secretly eloped and were married in a Catholic church in Oakland, Md. They kept the marriage hidden and lived apart for almost a year.

On Friday afternoon, attendants at Monaco Ridge, an assisted living facility in Reno, Nev., pushed together their single beds.

Ten minutes later Mrs. Coudriet died. Mr. Coudriet died less than 24 hours later.

They were 93. And except for that first year, and another when Mr. Coudriet enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 after his brother Teddy was killed in World War II, they were together for 75 years.

"Pearl Harbor caused them to get married. They saw the war coming and were worried about being apart," said Lawrence Coudriet, the couple's son. "What was important was for them to be together."

From the late 1940s to 1961, Anne and Donald Coudriet ran a "mom and pop" corner grocery in Beltzhoover, at the intersection of Beltzhoover Avenue and Climax Street that they had bought from Donald's father, Frederick. They renamed it "Don's," and it was widely known for Anne's homemade ham salad.

"Everybody loved it," said Ashley Coudriet, a granddaughter, who lives in Leechburg, Armstrong County. "She told me a man who delivered ice cream to the store taught her how to make it. …

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