4 years James and Lauretta Burke of Akron, Ohio share a love story that stands the test of time.

The lovestruck couple met at a party after James returned home from World War II. They fell in love, got married and had nine children, 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Over time, their friends and family couldn’t help but make parallels between James and Lauretta and Noah and Allie, the couple from “The Notebook.” Especially the tale of young love, and the fact Lauretta began losing her memory from dementia, like Allie.


James passed away of heart disease in November 2012. He spent his last moments taking care of Lauretta.

Shortly after James’ passing, the Burke family found themselves going viral, and for the sweetest reason.

- Barbara Diamond, LittleThings.com