As Kathy Nielsen Havlik tells the story, she and Andy Hanson met in 1966 when they were both living in Montauk and they became high school sweethearts. They fell out of touch after Mr. Hanson graduated from East Hampton High School in 1968 and left for the Navy.
About five years ago, Ms. Havlik said, she asked Richie Nessel, a Montauk resident who had been the best man at Mr. Hanson’s earlier marriage, if he had ever heard from him. Mr. Nessel replied, “I’m pretty sure I heard he died.”
Then, late in May of 2012, Ms. Havlik got home after work and listened to her answering machine. Shocked and surprised, she heard Mr. Hanson’s voice, with a deep Southern accent, coming from the speaker.
They were married on Jan. 25 at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk. “A person never forgets their first love,” Ms. Havlik said.
Retired East Hampton Town Justice James Ketchum, who has been a close friend of Ms. Havlik’s and her family for many years, officiated. Her daughter, Kimberly Havlik, was the maid of honor. Mr. Nessel attended at Mr. Hanson’s side.
Deb Coen, a friend of Ms. Havlik’s, sung the Beatles’ “In My Life.” Brian Coen read 1 Corinthians 13 from the Bible.
Ms. Havlik is the daughter of the late Louise and Alfred Nielsen of Montauk. After graduating from East Hampton High School in 1970, she went to the Nassau Community College School of Nursing. She lives in East Hampton and has worked as a registered nurse at Southampton Hospital for more than 30 years.
Mr. Hanson remained in the Navy until 1975, and then went to work for the Cummins Engine Company, from where he retired after 33 years. His parents were the late Peggy Hanson of Montauk and the late Larry Hanson of Manhattan.
After a wedding trip to South Carolina to meet Mr. Hanson’s family and friends, the couple will divide their time between East Hampton and a house on a mountain stream in the Catskill Mountains in Accord, N.Y.