Inseparable in life and death: Couple married for 73 years, then died just 48 hours apart
His name was John Jacob Kramer, but Moll, whose full name was Molly Rusonick, called him JJ for short. JJ was a part-time milkman, back when there was such a thing, paying his way through the University of Toronto’s pharmacy program in the 1930s by delivering fresh bottles of the good stuff to cottages around Lake Simcoe, about an hour northeast of Toronto.
His favourite summer destination was Bell Ewart, a quaint little crossroads where JJ would invariably dawdle on his daily route in the hopes that Moll’s mother might invite him inside for some cake and cookies and conversation with her daughter.
The cake and cookie courtship blossomed. In 1939 there was a wedding, then a honeymoon in Miami where the newlyweds — JJ with his rakish-looking Clark Gable moustache and Moll with her twinkling Betty Grable eyes — posed for goofy photographs, promising to pack as much into life as they possibly could.
Somehow, they did. They were married for almost 74 years. They died in early December, just 48 hours apart. (Courtesy of Kramer family)