Gerards Celebrate 59 Years

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Dan and Rose Gerard met shortly after Dan was discharged from his three-year tour in the Navy. They were married on Sept. 7, 1947 after a one-year courtship in a small suburban town on Long Island -- a population of only 1,200 where you knew everyone in town.

They moved to Tempe, Ariz. in 1977 to get away from the cold New York weather, then came to Payson in 1982.

It was not too long before Pat O'Brien, head of the Payson Senior Center at the time, found out that Dan was a plumber, contacted him and asked him to volunteer his services. He ended up spending several months working at the center installing all the plumbing and appliances, and he got to meet a lot of nice people.

Dan and Rose also spent a few years as police volunteers here.

Now, a retired plumber, Dan spends his leisure time with his music, bowling, and shooting sports.

Rose likes getting together with her weekly canasta group.

They both participate in church and get-togethers with their good friends.

They raised four children, have 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, another to arrive in November. Although scattered, they keep in close communication with one another.

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