PICTURED: The dying embrace of husband and wife who were married for 75 years and died just hours apart as they held hands in bed Jeanette and Alexander Toczko starting 'dating' when they were eight They married in 1940, had five children and lived in San Diego, California Mr Toczko kept a photo of his wife at her Holy Communion in his wallet War veteran's health declined a few weeks ago after he broke hip in fall Mrs Toczko also became ill; the inseparable couple were left bed-bound They told their children their final wish was to pass in each other's arms And earlier this month, they died in bed, holding hands, just hours apart A poignant photo has emerged which shows an elderly couple who were married for 75 years fulfilling their final wishes to die together. Jeanette Toczko, 96, and her 95-year-old husband, Alexander Toczko, from San Diego, California, died just hours apart as they held hands in bed. The pair spent their lives in love after becoming boyfriend and girlfriend when they were only eight years old. But several weeks ago, Mr Toczko suffered a broken hip in a fall and was left bed-bound. A local hospice delivered a special bed to his home, which staff pushed up next to his beloved wife's bed. As Mr Toczko's condition quickly declined, Mrs Toczko's own health took a turn for the worse. The couple had always said they wished to die 'in their own bed, holding hands, in each other's arms'. Scroll down for video http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/07/02/23/2A2F0E0A00000578-3144803-image-a-1_1435874465474.jpg Dying wish: Jeanette Toczko, 96, and her 95-year-old husband, Alexander Toczko, from San Diego, California, who were married for 75 years have fulfilled their final wish to die in each other's arms after they passed away clutching hands, within hours of each other, in their bed (pictured) http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/06/30/17/2A1DE98B00000578-3144803-image-a-62_1435683158891.jpg Childhood sweethearts: Jeanette and Alexander Toczko (both pictured above), aged 96 and 95 respectively http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/06/30/17/2A1DE98200000578-3144803-image-m-64_1435683182980.jpg Declining health: The couple, from San Diego, spent their lives in love after becoming boyfriend and girlfriend when they were only eight. Above, the couple are seen sitting in their home, in ill health, earlier this month And in scenes reminiscent of the 2004 film The Notebook, they passed away while clutching hands earlier this month: Mr Toczko on June 17, as he lay beside his wife; and Mrs Toczko, the next day. The couple's daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman, described the moment she told her mother she had lost her husband, who kept a photo of Mrs Toczko at her Holy Communion in his wallet. 'I told my mother he was gone,' she told 10 News. 'She hugged him and she said, "See this is what you wanted. You died in my arms and I love you. I love you, wait for me, I'll be there soon".' In 1971, the Toczkos moved to San Diego, where Mr Toczko established his own advertising and fashion photography firm, Blue Sky, U-T San Diego reported. Mrs Toczko was his chief stylist. During their lengthy marriage, the couple also went traveling together, visiting Bermuda. 'Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember,' said Mrs Toczko-Cushman. Before his recent fall, Mr Toczko, a passionate golfer, had been a regular at Balboa Golf Course. The war veteran had a keen interest in drawing, and often sat and sketched at the golf course. http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/06/30/17/2A1DE97D00000578-3144803-image-m-69_1435683253159.jpg In love: In scenes reminiscent of the 2004 film The Notebook, the couple (pictured above) passed away while clutching hands earlier this month: Mr Toczko on June 17, beside his wife; and Mrs Toczko, the next day http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/06/30/18/2A1DE97D00000578-3144803-image-m-101_1435685747515.jpg Beloved: Mr and Mrs Toczko (both pictured, center, with some of their loved ones) started 'dating' as youngsters, before their innocent relationship flourished into love, marriage and five children of their own Meanwhile, his wife doted on her 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. As the couple neared death, in early June, a confused Mrs Toczko reportedly told her children that the date was June 29 - the day she and Mr Toczko would have celebrated 75 years of marriage. The couple's children went along with it, telling their mother it was, indeed, the anniversary. 'We said happy anniversary, and my mother was thrilled because it was their anniversary and she knew that he was going and that they had made it to 75 years,' said Mrs Toczko-Cushman. Mr and Mrs Toczko were buried at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego on Monday.