Gene and Betty (Gardner) Stalnaker celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Oct. 22 at a surprise party with family and friends. The Stalnakers were married Oct. 20, 1951, in Akron. They both graduated in 1948 from East High School.

Betty worked for the Ohio Bell Telephone Co. and Gene, a Korean War veteran, is retired from Falls Savings & Loan Association and Falls Bank. They have lived in Tallmadge for the last 51 years where Gene is Ward 2 City Councilman.

The Stalnakers have been blessed with three children: Russell (Traci), Becky (Brian) and Beth (Brad); and six grandchildren: Andrew (Deidre), Blake (Sami), Amibeth, Seth, Paul (Chelsea) and Sarah.