80-Year-Old Man Sings To Wife Through Nursing Home Window During Virus Lockdown

Holly Matkin

John Kline and his wife, "Sweet Ann," have been married for 45 years.

Montgomery, AL – An 80-year-old Alabama man’s daily serenades to his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife of 45 years have been taking place through the window of her nursing home room due to coronavirus restrictions (video below).

Troy University professor John Kline’s wife, who he affectionately refers to as “Sweet Ann,” was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 17 years ago, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

Prior to the pandemic restrictions, John would arrive at the John Knox Manor Nursing Home each afternoon to visit with Ann before her dinner.

He remained by her side until she fell asleep each night.

But with the threat of the coronavirus looming, Alabama banned all visitors at nursing homes and assisted living centers in order to protect their vulnerable patients, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

John was determined to find a way to continue his daily visits with Ann, so he began showing up outside her window to sing the church hymns and 1950s tunes she loves, according to FOX News.

For 15 minutes each day, with John’s face pressed against the glass and Ann beaming with happiness, the couple sings together through the layers of glass.

A cell phone clip of one of their visits has been viewed over 70,000 times since John posted it to Facebook on March 19.

“Through a Pane—not a Pain,” John captioned the post. “I love my Sweet Ann and look forward to spending eternity with her. God bless you for even looking--and if you listened, well that was because you wanted to hear Ann.”

Ann joined in from her hospital bed as John serenaded her with “Jesus Loves Me” and “Amazing Grace.”

"I've always said how much I love her, 'til death do us part," John told the Montgomery Advertiser. "But I'm trying to make the statement that no matter what happens, there's no reason to give up on love. If she gets where she doesn't know me, I will still go see her, because I will still know her."

John also urged people to stay in touch with their elder relatives, especially during times of upheaval.

“Call them – they have an old land line. If they have an iPhone, Facetime them,” John told the Montgomery Advertiser. “I want people to know to stay in contact. They let me do it every day, and most people can't go every day, I understand that. But you can stay in touch even if you can't get to people."

You can watch cell phone footage of John visiting Ann in the video below:

Comments (13)
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TXbirdMom
TXbirdMom

This is so beautiful it makes my heart hurt. Thank you, Mr Kline, for reminding people of what's important in this world.

JBoH
JBoH

In the dictionary next to the word "Classy", is a picture of this couple.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

That is so sweet. This is the true definition of love

Mo_
Mo_

Now that is beautiful!

Gramercy
Gramercy

This makes my heart sing! How blessed are they to have each other in their lives!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Now that's true love!! God bless them!!

Mic911
Mic911

Back in December my wife retired from a nursing home in Ohio after 36 years. She was in IT, now that this virus has hit she is going in and helping the department set up Facetime and Skyping for the residents so they can see and talk to their families on her own time with no pay. If you have family or loved ones in a nursing home or just not living really close by, pick up the phone, iPad, computer and Facetime or Skype them. You would be surprised at how you will make someone happy!! In Ohio we are on total lockdown, only job essential people are allowed out to drive.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

This is true love. Unlike most marriages today, this couple and many that I know are like this. This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time.

Asher 21
Asher 21

Attention all young men - this is what you should aspire to be, a true hero.

Schick56
Schick56

Wonderful story, 🙏🙏🙏


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