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Saturday 25 November 2017

Husband and wife pass away together after being married for 55 years

The late Anna and Michael Rowe cutting the cake to mark their 50th wedding anniversary five years ago
The late Anna and Michael Rowe cutting the cake to mark their 50th wedding anniversary five years ago

David Looby

A devoted couple who were married for 55 years passed away within days of each other.

Michael and Anna Rowe, from Wexford passed away in March having been married for 55 years this year.

According to the Wexford people, Michael died on March 22 at University Hospital Waterford and Anna passed away in the same ward two days later at around the same time.

Michael had been ill for the past year while Anna also had a terminal ilness.

The couple came from a farming background and married in 1961.

They went on to have six children, Maeve, Michael, Kathleen, Joan, James and Tony, living at Michael's home place in Tinnock, where he farmed all his life.

Anna was a cousin of the late American President John F Kennedy, who she met when he visited the Kennedy homestead in 1963.

The couple were very religious and were proud pioneers.

Anna and Michael travelled to Lourdes together on a number of occasions and to America also, where they met 15 Kennedy cousins across New York state.

Their son Michael told the Wexford People: "Whenever a Kennedy came here from America they met her and over the years she would have given tea and cake to her Kennedy relatives. Her proudest moment was meeting President John F Kennedy and she was pictured pouring tea for him.

"(Their death) was surreal for all the family. It's something you'd never want anyone to go through. Having lost one parent you had to go back into the same ward and hospital and go through it all again," their son Michael said.

A massive crowd of over 1,400 people paid their final respects to Anna and Michael at Cooney's Funeral Home in New Ross, where they were waked, and at their funeral Mass at Horeswood Church, which was celebrated by Fr Gerald O'Leary, accompanied by several priests.

Michael and Anna were laid to rest together afterwards in Ramsgrange Cemetery.

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