Couple to spend 65th Valentine's Day together

RANDOLPH — In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart," Gene Gubbels gave the key to his heart to his wife, Ailene. Celebrating Valentine's Day, the two often went out to eat or to a movie. They met at the Bow Valley Dance Hall back in the days when dancing was a more favorable past time. The couple also had their first date at a dance in Hartington at the Skylon Ballroom. Dancing was one of the main favorites that the couple liked to do together. They learned to do many things together over the years, including farming together and doing chores together. Later in life they loved to travel, and bowl together on mixed couples bowling. They were married at St. Jane Frances Catholic Church in Randolph.  They wanted to be married in Bow Valley but the church was completing some renovations. The couple have four children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren with two more on the way this summer. Gene and Ailene reside at the Colonial Manor Nursing home in Randolph. — Angie Steffen Randolph Times

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