From the time they set foot on the shores of the United States from their native country of Ukraine, Feliks and Luzia Ogorodnik made it their mission to become part of the fabric of their new home in Skokie, Ill., home to a sizable Jewish community. They passed away within hours of each other on March 28 after catching COVID-19.

Feliks, 88, managed a construction supplies company while Luzia, 84, was a family physician before they made the move 20 years ago.

Once settled in their new country, they were known as the friendly couple in the neighborhood who loved gardening, reading and the theater.

The couple were active members of the synagogue in nearby Evanston.

They were recorded as the first married couple that officials in Illinois have identified as succumbing to the coronavirus.

They are survived by their two children and four grandchildren.

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