Joanne Hoag and Robert Fischer were high school sweethearts who dreamed of a life together. Thirty years later, after drifting apart, their dream came true when they were married in Port.
When Joanne Hoag and Robert Fischer were married by the Rev. Jeffrey Suddendorf at First Congregational Church in Port Washington Sept. 5, it was the culmination of a romance three decades in the making.
That’s because Joanne, 47, and Bob, 49, were high school sweethearts at Watertown High School. They grew up four blocks from each other, and met when she was 15 and he was 17 — a sophomore and senior — and continued to date for four years.
“He always said hi to me in the hallway,” Joanne said. That wasn’t necessarily unusual, she said, since both she and Bob are identical twins.
“Everyone knew who we were,” she said.
But one day, Bob came up to her in the lunchroom and asked her to be a timer at the school’s swim meet that night.
“I didn’t know if it was a date or not,” she said, noting she wasn’t allowed to date until she was 16.
She got the answer later, after she accompanied the team for pizza and Bob walked her home.
“He walked me to the door and gave me a kiss,” she said.
After that, they were practically inseparable, she said.
“We were that romantic couple that made everyone gag,” Joanne said, laughing. “We never fought. Everyone was sure we were going to get married.
“I practiced writing my name in high school — how would I write it? Mrs. Robert Fischer? Joanne Fischer?”
For him, it was pretty much love at first sight, Bob said.
They did everything together, she said. After Bob graduated and went to technical school in Milwaukee, he came home every weekend to be with her, and after she graduated and went to Viterbo University in La Crosse, they continued to see each other as often as possible.
But at the end of March during her sophomore year of college, they broke up.
“I don’t know why. We were good my first year,” Joanne said. “I think it just got to us, the distance.