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Stories of romance from NoBo couples

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Romance is Alive North of Pittsburgh – just ask these couples!

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How did you meet your significant other? There are several places for singles to meet, the bar, online dating, and church, and the North Boroughs is the backdrop to many love connections through the years!

My husband and I met at Northgate High School. We both graduated in 2004, but we definitely were not high school sweethearts. He once stole a note I was passing in the hallway. I made it my mission to make his life miserable. A few years after graduation, we re-met at a local bar (The Rusty Dory). I still have days where I make his day miserable, but that just comes with the territory. Both of our parents grew up in the North Boroughs and North Hills area as well. It is home to us; it is love to us.

Now that you know my local love story, how about some submissions we received online?

Asia met her fiance’ Joey in 10th grade. It was love at first sight. She was 15 and he was 16. He moved away only a year after they started dating, but fate brought him back to the area. They now have a 5-year-old and plan on getting married at the end of the year.

Ruthy Hess met her husband Ken at Bellevue High school in 9th grade. She was only 14, and he was 15. They had their first date on Valentine’s Day in 1964. They got married in June of 1967, and are still happily married. They currently live in the North Hills.

Harry Moore met his wife, Jennifer, at Accord Park in Avonworth, where she worked. He would “bug her for free Swedish fish”. Years later, they bumped into one another at Stop and Go in Emsworth. Their first date was at Linesville Spillway. They no longer live in the North Boroughs, but have been happily married for 24 years, thanks to their start here.

Rick and Diane Heagerty

Some love stories are meant to be from the start.

Diane and Rick Heagerty are also “local lovers” that decided to stay in the North Boroughs. They met because Rick was friends with Diane’s brothers. They met in kindergarten at Avalon Elementary, and grew up together. Finally, during their senior year at Northgate, they became a couple. They have been together for 42 years, with three sons and four grandkids.

Patty Helwich and her husband, Todd, met at Big Cat Pat’s. Once they started talking, they’ve been together ever since, 25 years later! They currently reside in Ben Avon.

Dena and Mike
Dena and Mike Metz

Sometimes, it’s a thin line between love and hate.

Dena and Mike Metz met in 6th grade. It’s safe to say it wasn’t love at first sight. They hated each other until 8th grade when they became best friends. From that point, they knew what they wanted. They started dating in 9th grade and became inseparable. Mike even moved in with Dena’s family! They graduated from college in 2003, and married in 2004. They currently live in the Avonworth School District.

The Neidhardts

Melissa Doerfler Neidhardt was the only girl in a neighborhood full of boys. She met her husband when she was eight and he was 12. They snuck around their parents from the time she was 14 until she was 18 years old. They married when she was 25, and continue to live in the North Boros area, happily married.

It isn’t always smooth sailing.

Audra and Dave Blackson met through mutual friends in Ben Avon. She was almost 15 and he was 19, so they didn’t initially connect romantically. Over time, that changed. She thought about him constantly and begged a mutual friend to bring him around. Luckily, his feelings were mutual. In 2002, they went on their first date to see “the worst movie they ever saw”, Ghost Ship. This relationship had challenges. Beyond the age difference, he joined the Navy. He drove 7 hours any weekend he was off duty to see her (from Virginia to Pittsburgh!) only to stay a few hours. He popped the question in January of 2004, and despite her still being in school, her parents agreed to their marriage if she finished school. They got married the summer after her junior year in 2005. They’ve lived in several states and through Hurricane Katrina. 17 years and four beautiful children later, they are still together and in love. They have date nights monthly and reside in the Avonworth School District.

Suburban Hospital was the backdrop for at least two local romances.

Robin Marker met Fred many years ago when she worked with him at the hospital. They have found friendship, love, and happiness for 10 years now. Colleen and Charles Knight also met while working at Suburban. They have been together for 9 years, and married for over 6 years.
Tom and Susan Falk

The Golden Arches…of Love.

Tom and Susan Falk met at the McDonald’s in Bellevue. Tom was in a car driven by her soon-to-be-ex boyfriend. She asked her friend to find out who he was and the rest is history. They have lived in Brighton Heights for more than 41 years with 3 kids, and 5 grandkids.

The McGowan Family

Todd and Caitlyn McGowan met at West View McDonald’s almost 9 years ago. They became the best of friends as he helped her through some difficult times. Though they fell apart for some time, they found their way back to each other four years ago and now share a blended family.

Landmark eateries = landmark love connection.

Courtney Rose Brown met her husband, Patrick, online shortly after New Year’s 2016. After figuring out they both lived in Bellevue, they decided to meet. Their first date was at Joe’s Rusty Nail. They have two beautiful children and reside in Avalon, where they plan to remain for life.

The Kosaks

Steve Kosak and his wife, Lori, met in Ben Avon on Dixon Avenue while they were still in junior high. They dated on and off and then lost track for over 20 years. Then, a chance meeting at Sunny Jim’s one evening changed everything. They started dating again, got married and have two daughters. They still live in Emsworth and have enjoyed 33 years of wedded bliss.

Roberta Edwards met her significant other, Mark, at the Jackman Inn. She would go in after work and they talked about football, betting one another on the games. She lost one and had to cook him dinner. Their first date was a Christmas party they were both invited to attend. They now share a child and reside in Avalon.

Samantha Old met her husband, Chris, at an Emmanuel Christian Church event on the Northside they were both invited to attend by friends when they were just 11 and 12 years old. They have been married for 8 years and have two daughters.


Christine Kubicky met her husband, Bill, on her front porch when he complimented her tube socks. He was 18, and a friend of her brother, and she was the 13-year-old kid sister. Over the years, she would go to Assumption Church Sunday service with her brother and his friends because Bill was there. They then would go to Eat N’ Park or the Bellevue Theater. After becoming great friends, he moved to Florida but they wrote all the time. She visited him after two years of corresponding, and they were married two years after that. They have been married for over 27 years and have two almost-grown children.

Jessica Stahl met her husband while singing at the Rusty Dory in 2005. She was blaing on the poker machine, and when he went up to sing she had to turn off her poker machine to pay attention. Shortly after his friend asked if she would join in their group. They have a daughter that is 12, and continue to live in Avalon.

Everyone had such great stories.

  • Morgan Jessup was dressed as a pirate at the old sportsman warehouse when she met Tyler
  • Karen Reinhart met her husband at Union National Bank in Bellevue in 1973
  • Diane Daugherty met her husband Ron because he lived across the street
  • Ashley Mervin met her husband Matt on Sheridan Avenue in Bellevue on a blind date

We were overwhelmed with all the love with its roots in the North Boroughs of Pittsburgh. It’s amazing when you realize that these quaint little suburban towns can change someone’s whole life. The next time you go out to dinner, or to the bank, remember your lucky someone might be waiting.

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Casey is a North Borough local. She was born and raised in Bellevue, and currently resides in Avalon. She has been doing hair since 2001, and currently works full time in a Gibsonia salon. She has 2 kids, 14 years and 18 months old. She has been married for almost 8 years to another local. Both Casey and her husband Luke graduated from Northgate in 2004. She enjoys skiing, boating, camping, reading and reality television.

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