Husband does Mummers' strut in show of love at wife's funeral

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Poignant Mummers' strut send-off. Watch the report from Action News at 4:30 p.m. on November 9, 2018.

This Mummers' strut in Northeast Philadelphia has been tugging on a lot of heartstrings.

It's not unusual to see the dance at a party or a parade, but in this case, it was a husband with one last dance for his wife.

Richie and Kathy Toner of Northeast Philadelphia were married for 50 years.



Richie Toner and his wife of 50 years, Kathy, loved the Mummers.

Kathy recently passed away. But before she was laid to rest on Wednesday, Richie performed one final strut to celebrate her life.

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Husband does Mummers' strut in show of love at wife's funeral. Watch the full video on 6abc.com from November 9, 2018.



The Fralinger String Band was there to greet friends and family after the funeral mass at Saint Timothy Catholic Church in Mayfair.

Richie and Kathy just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past February. They were married at that very same church.

McCafferty Funeral home posted video of Richie's Mummers' strut on Facebook, and it's being shared all over the country.

Kathy passed away on November 1st and the funeral service was held on November 7th at St. Timothy's Church in Northeast Philadelphia.


They wrote: "Let me ask you something. If you were married for 50 years, and your spouse loved the Mummers...would you do the Mummers strut for him/her before they are laid to rest? This man did...and it was beautiful. Rest In Peace."

The family said they laughed, they cried, and they celebrated Kathy... Mummers style.

Kathy loved the Mummers and her family thinks this was a proper send-off.



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