San Diego Couple, 67, Died of COVID-19 Hours after Saying Their Last Goodbyes to Family on Zoom

Jené Liebenberg
Feb 12, 2021
06:20 P.M.

Juan and Blanca Rodriguez, highschool sweethearts, died within hours of each other after being admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. Both of them were 67.


San Diago natives Juan and Blanca Rodriguez meant when they were in seventh grade and were inseparable until they died hours apart after contracting COVID-19.

Both Juan and Blanca were admitted to the hospital after their conditions took a turn for the worse on February 1, 2021. The Rodriguez's were taken to different hospitals and never made it out as both died within hours of each other.


The 67-year-olds tied the knot five years meeting each other in the seventh grade and shared four children. The Rodriguez's were also beloved grandparents. Their daughter shared about how their love story started saying:


“He saw my mom in homeroom in seventh grade, and he said from the moment he saw her, he knew he was going to marry her.”

Juan and Blanca were happily retired and living with some of their children. The entire family contracted COVID-19, including the older couple, in mid-January, and whilst everyone was recovering, both Juan and Blanca's healths were deteriorating.


The couple's condition worsened up to the point of being rushed to the hospital. Juan and Blanca were not in the same hospital and could only communicate with their family virtually.


A genuine case of love at first sight and a long-lasting love, the Ohio couple shared their last living moments.

Juan had to be put on a ventilator, which left the family saying their goodbye's over. Zoom and Blanca soon followed her husband and was also put on a ventilator. Blanca passed away first, with Juan dying just three hours later.

Elderly couple holding hands | Source: Pixabay/ Gaertringen

Elderly couple holding hands | Source: Pixabay/ Gaertringen


The Rodriguez love story has been one of many ended by the Covid-19 virus. Sally and Manny Montano died holding hands only five days after they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Sally, 68, and Manny, 71, had underlying health issues, which caused them to be admitted to the hospital in the middle of January when they contracted the virus. Both were on ventilators. Their son Manuel Montano's wife Deborah shared:


“It was the way they would’ve wanted it, and it just showed the depth of their love for one another.”


The vaccines arrived just too late to save Dick Meek, 89, and Shirley Meek, 87, married for 70 years. Both Dick and Shirley died on January 16, 2021, only three days before their scheduled vaccination appointment.

Dick would have turned 90 on January 19 but never made it that far. The Meek couple was also holding hands when they passed away within moments of each other in an Ohio hospital.


Since then, the Meek couple met when they were in high school and have lived life by each other's sides. A genuine case of love at first sight and a long-lasting love, the Ohio couple shared their last living moments.

Dick and Shirley had five children, 13 grandchildren, and 28 grandchildren, living behind a large family that truly loved them. Dick and Shirley were an adventurous couple that toured the world together and ultimately experienced the end of life together too.

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