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Grandpa Takes His Love of 63 Years to a Department Store and Drops Down on His Knee in Front of Her

Brittany Chalmers
Apr 21, 2022
04:00 P.M.

One couple faced life's challenges side by side and proved that true love stands the test of time. Their union was meant to be, and the husband's sweet gesture evoked emotion in many.

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Karl and Donna Von Schwarz undoubtedly have a marriage made in heaven. The couple stood together in sickness and health and showed the world the meaning of forever.

They remained committed to each other for decades, and the loved-up husband expressed: "You know, we've been together so long that we can't really stay apart." Their story will warm your heart and make you believe in love again.

Karl Von Schwarz proposes to his wife again. | Source: twitter.com/wfaa

Karl Von Schwarz proposes to his wife again. | Source: twitter.com/wfaa

THEIR FAIRYTALE ROMANCE

Karl and Donna of Youngstown, Ohio, have an enviable relationship. The lovebirds, who met in high school, continue to display the kind of romance mainly found in fairytales.

After their wedding in 1956, they started a family and welcomed four beautiful children, who in turn gave them nine grandchildren. One granddaughter, Christina Von Schwarz, shared their story in 2019, leaving many people in awe.

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High school sweethearts, Donna and Karl Von Schwarz. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

High school sweethearts, Donna and Karl Von Schwarz. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

A LOVE TO STRIVE FOR

Christina always admired her grandparents' union and strived to have a similar relationship in the future. The proud granddaughter visited the couple frequently, and she also stayed in touch with them via phone.

She said:

"They're really just such amazing people, I've never met anyone like them."

Donna and Karl Von Schwarz are still happily married after decades together. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

Donna and Karl Von Schwarz are still happily married after decades together. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

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THE TOUGH TIMES MADE THEM STRONGER

While challenging seasons sometimes break marriages and bonds, the opposite was true for this couple. When his wife became sick, Karl supported her in every way possible.

The husband promised his wife he would do something extra special if she survived her surgery.

Donna suffered strokes after heart surgery, and it left her in a wheelchair. Her condition also kept her in the hospital for an extended period, but her spouse never wavered in his devotion and care, visiting often and lifting her spirits.

Karl Von Schwarz supports his wife in the hospital. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

Karl Von Schwarz supports his wife in the hospital. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

THEY FEARED THE WORST

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Christina revealed that Donna's health constraints pained their family—her grandfather was particularly heartbroken and concerned. During Donna's weaker stages, the granddaughter also feared the worst.

She stated:

"The last few times I've seen her, every time I've said goodbye like it's the last time so it's definitely been hard. It's just been really hard on everyone."

Karl Von Schwarz takes care of his wife. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

Karl Von Schwarz takes care of his wife. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

MAKING A NEW PROMISE

The couple's love grew stronger than ever during the tough times, and Karl made sure to show his wife just how much she meant to him after the ordeal.

The husband promised his wife he would do something extra special if she survived her surgery—and it was a promise he kept. Karl vowed to buy Donna a new engagement ring, and he didn't disappoint.

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High school sweethearts, Donna and Karl Von Schwarz. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

High school sweethearts, Donna and Karl Von Schwarz. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

HE WENT DOWN ON ONE KNEE

When Donna was released from the hospital, she didn't forget about the promise and looked forward to receiving her new engagement ring. Karl happily wheeled his wife into a JC Penney department store for the big moment.

His loved ones urged him to get down on one knee, and they captured the encounter in a heartwarming video. Sixty-three years after they first said "I do," the couple recommitted themselves to each other and their marriage.

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HE LOVED HER ALL HIS LIFE

The elderly gentleman's love for his wife was evident in the video, and he enjoyed every minute of the proposal. Karl noted: "It was great because it's a gal that I've loved all of my life. It was very easy."

Donna also added that she adored her new ring. Giggling like a giddy teenager, she shared:

"It's really beautiful. It's gorgeous."

Donna Von Schwarz's new engagement ring. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

Donna Von Schwarz's new engagement ring. | Source: youtube.com/CBS News

NETIZENS LOVED THEIR STORY

The proposal struck a chord with the online community, and Christina excitedly informed her grandparents about the viral attention. She recalled: "I told them that they were famous on Twitter, and they were so happy."

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The granddaughter was surprised and overwhelmed by the online reaction but stated that the story undoubtedly deserved all of the recognition it received.

Christina added:

"I'm just proud that it's as touching to us as it is to everyone else, and they get the recognition for how strong they really are."

TRUE LOVE CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING

Karl and Donna's beautiful love story confirmed that true love doesn't shy away from obstacles. It is possible to overcome anything with a strong bond and devotion like theirs.

Their commitment sets a shining example for us, much like a couple from Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to read about their 63-year-long marriage that had a bittersweet ending.

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