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Elizabeth Fasci
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Norwegian Dawn - May 30, 2015

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Elizabeth Fasci, 82 - Natural Causes

Norwegian Dawn Passenger, May 30, 2015

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Elizabeth Fascia

On Friday, May 29, 2015, Elizabeth Fascia, 82, from Albany, New York embarked from Boston, Massachusetts on a 7-day cruise to Bermuda with her family aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's cruise ship Norwegian Dawn.

Only a few hours after setting sail, Elizabeth Fascia suffered an aneurysm that ruptured her esophagus. The captain turned Norwegian Dawn. back to Boston, where Elizabeth Fascia was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Early the next morning, on Saturday May 30, Elizabeth Fascia died at Massachusetts General Hospital from what family members called "a broken heart".

Elizabeth Fascia had been married to her high school sweetheart John for 63 years, when he passed away from cancer in January 2015 at the age of 87. When they met at a soda counter, she was 15 and he was 19 and they were destined to be together for life. The couple had traveled widely after retirement, including several trips to Italy, across Europe and to Hawaii and Tahiti. After his passing, family members say she seem to lose her will to live. She fell into a deep depression, stopped eating and would not leave the house.

Family members coaxed her into taking the cruise, which was a reminder of very special times she and her husband had shared in Bermuda. The couple had taken their honeymoon to Bermuda and had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary there as well.

After much prodding, her mother agreed to join her daughter and other relatives on a cruise to Bermuda to celebrate her daughter's birthday. Bermuda was where her parents honeymooned and where the family gathered for the couple's 60th wedding anniversary.

After Elizabeth Fascia's death, family members found old love letters she had written to John. She wrote that there "were not enough words" to express her love for John. "I couldn't go on if you went away," she wrote. The letter ended with the line: "Some day we'll read this together." It was a final note to the end of one the great, long enduring, love stories in history.

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