Heartwarming moment couple re-enact their proposal outside adopted grandmother’s care home window where she is being kept in coronavirus lockdown
- Jeremiah Williams proposed to Taylor Crocetti outside Marilyn Neubert’s room
- Ms Neubert under lockdown at Lakeview Assisted Living in Michigan due to virus
- Couple has known Ms Neubert, 82, since they moved in next door to her in 2016
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An ‘adopted grandmother’ under coronavirus lockdown got to witness her former neighbours’ engagement when they reenacted their proposal outside her care home window.
Marilyn Neubert, 82, is currently holed up in her room at Lakeview Assisted Living in Battle Creek, Michigan amid the growing pandemic, which has infected more than 14,300 people and killed 218 in the US alone.
But despite the less-than-ideal circumstances, Taylor Crocetti and her new fiancé Jeremiah Williams were not going to let this stop them from sharing their happy news with Ms Neubert on Wednesday.
In a clip, Mr Williams, 27, is seen down on one knee outside a ground-floor window as the couple’s ‘adopted grandmother’ watches on from inside her room.
Pictured: Marilyn Neubert watches Taylor Crocetti and her new fiancé Jeremiah Williams re-enact their proposal
As the newly-engaged man slides a ring onto 24-year-old Ms Crocetti’s finger for the second time, Ms Neubert asks ‘when’ the engagement took place – to which a grinning Ms Crocetti answers ‘now’.
The 82-year-old’s daughter Dawn Sellen had stood outside with her mobile phone on speaker so her mother could hear Mr Williams pop the question again after he initially proposed on March 14.
The couple moved next door to Ms Neubert and her husband Ben in Glen Valley, Michigan in 2016 and have remained close to her even after she moved an hour away.
‘Taylor never really had any grandparents of her own and Marilyn and Ben adopted them in every sense of the word, Taylor and Jeremiah became family,’ a spokesperson for Lakeview Assisted Living said.
‘Marilyn is a really wonderful lady. When Ben and Marilyn moved to Lakeview Assisted Living, obviously they remained as close as any family does.
‘Marilyn has been on them for quite some time as grandma’s do to take the jump and ‘get married, get married, get married’.
The couple moved next door to Ms Neubert and her husband Ben in Glen Valley, Michigan in 2016 and have remained close to her even after she moved an hour away
In a clip, Mr Williams, 27, is seen down on one knee outside a ground-floor window as the couple’s ‘adopted grandmother’ watches from inside her room.
‘So when they actually did go through with the proposal on March 14, they were trying to figure out how to include her in that.
‘They worked with Dawn and she came and put them on speakerphone and reenacted it for her.
‘It was really special for her, especially as Marilyn’s husband recently passed away.
‘In these difficult times and all the precautions we’re having to take and families are being separated, that was just a bright spot in everybody’s day.’
Pictured: Ms Crocetti shows her ring to Ms Neubert after the couple reenacted their proposal outside her care home window
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Lakeview has put necessary precautions in place to protect its residents’ safety against the spread of the disease.
Visitors are limited to medically necessary personnel and residents are not able to leave the building with loved ones for visits.
Ms Crocetti said: ‘I didn’t really have grandparents growing up, so when we moved into Glen Valley and Marilyn was our neighbour she became like my adopted grandma.’