Reunions helped bring Brentwood couple together

Jeanne and Otto Hess met in sixth grade at PS 89 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. We were part of a group of friends who hung out together, always having fun going roller skating, sleigh riding or dancing.

Otto married Jeanne’s best friend and Jeanne married a man Otto played baseball with. Their 1945 graduating class always kept in touch. At their 30th reunion both were married to others. At the 50th class reunion both were divorced.

Not long after the reunion, they started hanging out again as they did in school. Jeanne suggested they take dance lessons at Brentwood High School. When dance lessons ended, Otto asked Jeanne to join an art class with him.

When they took a vacation together to Virginia they liked the area so much they bought a house in Richmond and the following year were married. But they moved back to Long Island because they missed their families.

From a story in Newsday, Long Island, New York.