Brandy Williams knew something was wrong as soon as she arrived Monday morning at the Squirrel Lane house. The Senior Helpers caregiver noticed that the Sunday newspaper hadn’t been picked up, and the mail hadn’t been checked.
Williams knocked on all of the doors, but there was no response. She kicked in the door and found Corinne Molter on her back on the floor of the couple’s bedroom, with her husband David’s body laying over her head, according to a York County Sheriff’s report.
“It was bad,” Williams, 26, told The Herald on Tuesday. “I was just still hollering for him, thinking they would get up or that somebody would say something.”
David Molter of Lake Wylie died Monday while trying to revive his dying wife with CPR, according to a York County Sheriff’s report.
Both Corinne Molter, 83, and David Molter, 84, apparently died of natural causes, according to the report, citing the York County Coroner’s Office.
“It’s a sad situation. I still can’t believe they’re gone,” said neighbor Christine Porter.
Porter, 82, said she has lived next door to the couple for 20 years.
David Molter, a retired purchasing agent at a manufacturing company for chainsaws and tools, fixed Porter’s lawnmower when it was broken. She said they were “good Christian people” who attended Woodlawn Baptist Church in Charlotte every Sunday.
“David was good about fixing lawnmowers, and anything else you needed help with. They would do anything they could for anybody,” Porter said.
“She was a sweet and loving lady,” Porter said of Corinne Molter, who suffered from an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s and could barely walk, Porter said.
She moved gingerly and worked in their garden.
Brandy Williams and her husband, Martin Williams, 32, helped the Molters in various ways. Martin Williams cut their grass and did plumbing jobs free of charge, while Brandy helped Corinne Molter tend to her peppers in the garden.
Brandy Williams, who had been working for Senior Helpers since May, said the Molters were like family. The Williamses and their four children held a birthday party for David in July.
They were “so attached to these people” that Brandy turned down taking on other clients, Martin Williams said.
“I wanted to make sure I had enough time for them,” Brandy Williams said.
The Molters had been married for at least 60 years, and despite the progression of Corinne’s dementia, she “knew him and didn’t want to be away from him,” Williams said. “I believe she never forgot him.”
David Molter had been a Mason for 47 years.
“He was still very active, even in his 80s,” said Ray Moxley, 72, of York, who said he met David Molter in 1987. David Molter had nearly perfect attendance and sometimes would serve as the chaplain for meetings, Moxley said. “David was as good of a guy as you’d ever get to know.”
Friends and neighbors said David Molter’s heart failed him when he needed it most.
“It’s sad, but it’s probably a blessing,” said neighbor Elke Hall, 70. “He would have been lost without her. If you have to die, that’s the way to go.”