WEEDSPORT — As younger 20-somethings, Julie Ortolani and Lynn “Bart” Chuley fell onerous for one another, courting for about 5 years earlier than splitting in 1985.
The 2 reunited in Cayuga County lately with a unique type of fall — a skydiving soar from 10,000 toes up within the air.
It’s not a typical strategy to spend a day with somebody you haven’t laid eyes on in 36 years, however you actually skip the small speak while you’re hurtling by way of the air in a free fall.
Ortolani, a 1977 Waterloo Excessive College graduate, lives within the Rochester suburb of Greece. Widowed, she has two youngsters and three grandchildren. Chuley graduated from Mynderse Academy in 1973 and calls Pompano Seashore, Florida, his house. Divorced, he has a grown daughter.
The couple met on the previous School Inn in Seneca Falls in 1980 and dated for about 5 years — a few of that point lengthy distance, as Chuley moved to Florida in 1983.
They reconnected late final yr when Ortolani reached out to Chuley and have spent the final six months speaking on the telephone, catching up, attending to re-know one another.
“Lots has gone on,” Chuley mentioned.
For Ortolani, contacting her previous paramour was pushed by a necessity for closure. She mentioned after her husband died in 2018, it took her “ yr to really feel regular.” She additionally felt compelled to dwell life with out disappointment or anger and reached out to Chuley to higher perceive their breakup and be taught what he was as much as.