It took a pandemic for the Gurocks and the Catanias of Anderson Avenue to finally meet.

Although the couples lived two doors away from each other in Fort Lee, N.J., busy schedules meant they didn’t cross paths. But when Michael Gurock, 37, started taking midmorning neighborhood strolls during the pandemic, he met his neighbor, Marie Catania, who is 76. As they got to know each other better, they discovered that Ms. Catania years ago had been the teacher of Mr. Gurock’s wife—at an elementary school in a nearby town.

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