Despite the passing of decades, the emergence of other loves and thousands of miles between them, Betty Hove, 85, and John Grosch, 87, never forgot each other.
The teenage sweethearts, who lost track of each other after Grosch enlisted in the Navy during World War II, will meet again Sunday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“I never got over this guy. He was always tucked away in the corner of my heart,” Hove told ABC affiliate KXLY-TV in Sacramento, Calif.
The two met when Grosch was working at a California grocery store.
But World War II cut their romance short. All Hove had was a name, no address. She didn’t even know if Grosch survived the war.
She was married twice and widowed a few years ago. And through the years, she never forgot her first love.
A friend searched online for Hove’s sweetheart and found him living in Georgia.
Hove sent him a Christmas card. He called her on New Year’s Day and the two arranged to meet in Georgia.
“How am I going to get close enough to hug and kiss her?” Grosch said. “It’s impossible to believe it, but I know I am!”
Even though many years have passed, the two love birds are looking forward to revving up their romance once again.
“He was just so sweet,” Hove said. “They don’t make them like him anymore.”