Visiting grandmas at senior home, Harry meets Leslie in the hallway

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — It was love at first sight when Leslie Hecht met Harry Eudowe while visiting their grandparents 15 years ago at the Jewish Home for the Aged.

Mary Maretsky's and Sadie Hecht's rooms were opposite each other. Harry (visiting his grandmother Mary), met Leslie (visiting her grandmother Sadie), in the hallway between the two rooms.

For Harry, in the final stages of getting a divorce, it was love at first sight. "My first thought was, This is the girl I'm going to marry,"' he recalled.

"Even though I had known who he was back in junior high school, he had to introduce himself," Leslie remembered. "I had a girlfriend who had been in love with him, but I don't think I had ever spoken a word to him."

A few days after they met, Leslie received a box of roses from "a longtime admirer."

Harry, an endodontist, waited three months before calling Leslie for a date. Three months later he took her to The Greenery, where he got down on one knee and proposed.

They were married Feb. 5, 1983, less than a year from their first serendipitous meeting.

Recently, the Eudowes renewed their wedding vows — back at the scene of the crime. The cantor of Congregation B'nai Jacob performed a small ceremony before some 50 people from the Jewish Home's Goodwin-Levine Adult Day Care Center, where Leslie is an administrative assistant. The couple's 13-year-old son, Jonathan, was best man. Both grandmothers attended, sitting across the aisle, once again opposite each other.