Janetta Gardiner and Kenneth Vanderwerff dated from 2007 until 2010, when Vanderwerff died at age 78.
A judge initially granted Gardiner’s request for a posthumous common-law marriage, thus making her the executor of Vanderwerff’s estate.
Before his tragic death at age 17 in January 1984 from a car accident, Heung Jin Moon was the son of Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han, leaders of the Unification Church in South Korea.
Now general director of Universal Ballet, Julia goes by Julia H.Sadly, Woginiak died of a heart attack soon afterward on March 10, 1987.Even more unfortunately for Kleiman, the couple did not have a marriage license during their first ceremony.Woginiak would have had to supply a certified copy of his divorce from his first wife in Venezuela, which he did not have.The ceremony’s officiant, Rabbi Meyer Abramowitz, reportedly performed the marriage anyway because they had already planned for over 100 guests and he didn’t want to call it off over a “technicality.” After Woginiak died, Kleiman went to court and the posthumous marriage was performed by a Dade County circuit judge.Just because you can’t normally marry a dead person in the United States doesn’t mean that people haven’t tried.Cecelia Kleiman and Isaac Woginiak were first married in a Jewish ceremony on Miami Beach in January 1987.The couple then went to the Netherlands after Kristallnacht, though their marriage would have been illegal there as well.Once the Nazis invaded Holland in May 1940, Pfeffer was forced into hiding, eventually finding his way to the annex with the Frank family.Before she was unexpectedly killed in an accident, the two had planned to get married after Yuenying finished his studies.In early 2012, Yuenying reportedly married her primarily out of guilt because he had delayed their nuptials.In the Western world, posthumous marriage is famously legal in France, where some women were permitted to marry soldiers who had been killed in battle during World War I.After a dam broke in the town of Frejus in 1959, a woman asked President Charles de Gaulle to allow her to marry her fiance who had died in the accident. Read on for stories about some of the posthumous marriages that have taken place in China, France, and beyond.Cousins of Vanderwerff soon intervened, and the case went to the Utah Supreme Court. A car crash in eastern France in November 2008 brought an end to the earthly relationship of Magali Jaskiewicz and Jonathan George, but France’s necrogamy laws enabled them to continue on together past “till death do us part.” At 26, Jaskiewicz have lived with George for six years and raised two children with him.