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Husband released from nursing home, surprises wife on 84th birthday

Jerry and Beverley Lindell had been separated because of a COVID-19 lock-down.

LITCHFIELD, Minn. — If you are tired of stories of separation, have we got a reunion story for you.

Beverley Lindell got the surprise of her life on her 84th birthday, when her husband of 63 years walked in the house after being sprung from his nursing home.

“It’s something I’ll never forget,” Jerry Lindell, Beverley’s 84-year-old husband, said of the moment he saw his wife. 

Beverley hesitated briefly, before hugging her husband and sobbing.

“I just thought we weren’t supposed to hug,” she later said. “But I couldn’t wait to grab him, so we hugged each other, and I cried and cried and cried.”

Jerry had been rehabbing at Meeker Manor in Litchfield when the facility locked down to protect its residents from COVID-19.

After visiting her husband every day, Beverley found herself locked out.

She’d cry sometimes, she missed her husband so much.

The couple’s daughter, Loriee Barnes, helped arrange the surprise as his father wrapped up his rehab.

Loriee drove her dad home and filmed the moment her parents embraced and sobbed.

“I got to bring my dad home to my mom, it was pretty cool,” she said.

Andrea Ross, Meeker Manor’s administrator, says the video meant a lot to her staff and other residents who’ve been dealing with the pain of separated families.

“It’s hard to find words for it because it is so very special, and now more than ever,” she said.

Days later, Jerry and Beverley were still holding hands as they sat on their couch.

“I wouldn’t let him go,” Beverley said. “He’s mine to keep.”

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