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February 14, 2014

Delhi couple to mark 60 years of marriage

Dick and Gert Mostert said neither one of them remembers their first Valentine’s Day together, which was more than six decades ago, but they said it most likely included a trip to the Delhi movie theater.

“We used to go every time the movie changed,” Dick Mostert said, “which was three times a week.”

Dick, 81, and Gert, 79, of Delhi, will celebrate 60 years of marriage in March, the couple said Wednesday. And although the years have brought new challenges for them and things are different now than when they were first married, Gert said, they are still in it for the long haul.

“I have M.S. and have to be in a wheelchair,” Gert said, “and Dick has Parkinson’s. But we manage. We help each other.”

“We have moments where we test each other, but we’ve always been very compatible,” Dick said. “We have similar interests, but if we ever didn’t, that was fine. If one of us wanted to see one movie and the other wanted to see a different one, we would. We learned to bend a little for each other.”

The last few years, Gert said, this has included actual physical bending. Dick lifts her up and out of her wheelchair whenever necessary, she said, and she gets Dick’s medicine ready each morning and helps him get dressed.

Dick, a lifelong resident of Delhi, said he first met Gert after she moved to Delhi from Andes in the sixth grade. Gert said she and Dick dated “a little” in high school, where they were one year apart, but it wasn’t until Gert started college at SUNY Delhi that the two became an item. Dick was working on his family farm at the time, he said.

“She was good looking and we laughed at each other’s jokes,” Dick said. “You can’t get much better than that.”

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