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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona Mirror VALENTINE'S DAY Thursday, February Couple presented with candy heart for 65th anniversary WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE SALE! Our nwvfaxnv is stKftad to tht ctiling with famous Simmons, aotf King Koit nwttnww antf tot springs. fiwy sin, wwy ffirmwss yw can jtf unbwtobfe prints. Umtrf qutntttiis. Hurry m now for best sobction. Site ends SAVE S30 TO S500 Ion these mattress sets TWIN SETS U.S.P. 2 SETS 2 SETS U.S.P. 4 SETS 2 PC. SET 2 PC. SET 2 PC. SET ULL SETS u.s.p. Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Chester Geist and his wife, Jessica, hold the 7-pound heart given to them by Gardners Candies on their 65th anniversary. Chester Geist has given his wife a box of Gardners chocolates since the couple fell in love in 1936. They married Oct. Customers recognized for loyalty 2 SETS 2 SETS 3 SETS U.S.P. 10 SETS BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer TYRONE This is a love story about sweethearts and sweet hearts. :Back in 1936, Chester Geist was courting his future wife, Jessica. He bought her a heart-shaped box of Gardners chocolates for Valentinels Day. The couple fell in love and were married Oct. 28, 1937. They placed so much impor- tance on that very first box of candy that they decided to start a tradition. Chester continued to buy her a fancy heart-shaped box of candy every Valentine's Day, and after eating ihe candy, Jessica would save each empty heart-shaped box as a momenta. think they are precious, each Jessica Geist said. That prompted Gardners Candies President Sam Phillips to do something special to commemo- rate the 65th anniversary of that first heart. On Wednesday, he surprised the Geists, both 90, of Bald Eagle with a chocolate-filled Gardners heart. "This is a great day, this is a Phillips said. Phillips had told Chester to stop by the 30 W. 10th St. store to pick up the 2-pound heart he gives his wife each year, but when the Geists arrived, they found a crowd of friends and news media waiting for them. Mayor Pat Stoner issued a proclamation declaring the day as Chester and Jessica Geist day in the borough. Phillips made Chester a "charter member and the only member" of the Gardners Candies Hall of Fame and presented him with an auto- graphed photo of Penn State foot- ball coach Joe Paterno signed "from one Gardners fan to anoth- er." Chester, dressed in a grey suit with burgundy tie, said he was sur- prised. "It just about knocked the speech out of me. This will cause a lot of husbands Chester Geist said. "That's a whopper; it is a real dandy." Chester Geist admitted he isn't sure why he started the tradition. "That is something I can't answer. I worked for Harpster Chevrolet and money was scarce. I was dating her and something said to me why not buy her a box of candy." Chester Geist said. "I came into town and bought a box of candy from Pike Gardner. What possessed me to start I don't know." Chester and Jessica, who have two grown daughters, six grand- children and four great-grandchil- dren, both said they have had a wonderful life together. "She is the most devoted and pleasant companion anybody could ever have for a wife. She has never let me Chester Geist said. "Our love for each other and friendship gets stronger every year." "We can say we've been lovers all through the said Jessica Geist, dressed in a wine-colored suit and white blouse. "He is the best." The Geists, by the way, do have their favorite chocolates. "I like the caramels and choco- late-covered Chester Geist said. "She likes the chewy ones." "I like them Jessica Geist told her husband. "We pride ourselves in having loyal Phillips said. "No customer is more loyal than Chester and Jessica Geist." 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