Tributes have been pouring in for a grieving family in New Jersey after coronavirus claimed the lives of a married couple and their son...
Heartbreaking news has emerged this week.
via: Getty ImagesAs the pandemic continues, we have heard of some devasting losses at the hands of the virus.
But one has stood out from the rest.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it comes after a happily married couple were faced with utter devastation, only for the family to be dealt another horrific blow.
As the wedding vows go...
via: ShutterstockA married couple will love each other, in both sickness and in health.
However, not all marriages stick strictly to their vows.
via: ShutterstockIt is quite unusual in today's day and age for a married couple to stay together longer than a decade.
The statistics aren't great...
via: ShutterstockFigures show that the average U.S. marriage only lasts around 7 years... Which doesn't really give a couple much time to fully commit to their wedding vows.
However, some couples are in it for the long run...
via: ShutterstockAnd remain faithful to one another, despite what life throws in their path.
One married couple has recently gone viral for this exact reason...
via: GettyBut it is amid the most heartbreaking of circumstances due to the pandemic.
Larry and Vicki Freda had been married for sixty-two years.
via: TwitterLarry served in the US Army before working for 24 years at the old Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery in Newark, while his wife, Vicki, worked for the Township of Fairfield for many years.
But, back in April, tragedy struck.
via: FacebookLarry and Vicki were faced with an unimaginable loss.
On April 22nd, their son, John passed away from coronavirus.
via: TwitterHe was just fifty-one years old.
This was absolutely devasting for Larry and Vicki.We can't imagine how it must have felt.
But, to make matters even more heartbreaking...
via: Getty ImagesJust 2 days later, the couple also succumbed to the illness.
They would have still been grieving the loss of their son at the time.
via: FacebookThe illness claimed the lives of the couple on the same day - at the ages of 85 and 83, respectively.
The couple are outlived by 2 other sons.We can't imagine what the family must be going through right now.
After the devasting news emerged...
via: FacebookGov. Phil Murphy honored the family in a series of tweets.
"Larry and Vicki loved being grandparents."
Vicki made her career serving the Township of Fairfield before her retirement in 2007. She was incredibly creative,… https://t.co/GC9mYR5T1V— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1597252851.0
Murphy remembered Larry for "his humor and smile."
We remember Larry and Vicki Freda, and their son, John. One family. John was a proud Jersey product all the way. H… https://t.co/LcpmjAbcp7— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1597252696.0
After he posted the heartfelt tweets...
Larry and Vicki had been married for 62 years when they passed. Larry served in the U.S. Army before a 24-year car… https://t.co/xthKXhnCIA— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1597252781.0
@GovMurphy John was a colleague of mine in the optical field, he will be missed. Genuinely nice and caring guy.— J-Remie (@J-Remie)1597330853.0
@GovMurphy So sad!— Myrtle (@Myrtle)1597262836.0
@GovMurphy I went to school with John he was a nice guy. He died from Covid about a month ago— gina colangelo (@gina colangelo)1597252853.0
Rest in Peace, Larry, Vicki, and John.
@GovMurphy Thank you very much Gov. Murphy! This is part of my family! 😢My Mothers only sister, her husband and son… https://t.co/Bp3GjtKf5J— Denise Biondolillo (@Denise Biondolillo)1597329241.0