Walter Fontanella, designer; Tomasina Fontanella, artist

Walter Fontanella, 83, and the love of his life, Tomasina Fontanella, 85, died 10 days apart after a happy 58-year marriage. The couple lived in Havertown for many years.

Mr. Fontanella had long been ill with cancer when he died Saturday, Jan. 16, at Vitas Hospice at Jefferson Methodist Hospital.

Mrs. Fontanella’s death in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was unexpected, the family said.

It was perhaps fitting that they should exit almost together, since they were inseparable in life; they indulged in opera, art, and travel, and in their latter years took classes together at Villanova University.

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