Sarah Heil, their daughter, told WBBM radio in Chicago that her parents had been looking forward to their 16-day vacation after raising four kids and sending them all off to college.
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"They never had any money," Sarah Heil said. "So when they retired, they went traveling, and this was to be a big deal — a 16-day trip. They were really excited about it."