|Kitty and Daniel Gute|
On a warm Sunday evening last summer, Mary Gute Witte discovered the bodies of her mother and father.
Her loving parents were sitting in the front seat of their car in the garage of their River Hills home. They had covered their heads with plastic bags and asphyxiated themselves by pumping helium into the bags.
Daniel Gute was 79 years old and in good health. Katherine “Kitty” Gute was
78 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. For years the affluent, conservative couple had studied this method of death. They told family and close friends that they refused to die in a nursing home.
Witte describes her parents as intellectual, active and fun. She told Jane Hampden about their lives together, and their bold decision.