Nov. 9 is an important date for Bob and Mary Bostian.
That was the day of their first date in 1938 — the same day the couple got engaged a year later, and also the same date they were married in 1941.
And the secret to their longevity: love, Bob Bostian said.
That was his only answer when asked how he and his wife Mary Bostian made it to their 75th wedding anniversary.
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Bob Bostian, 96, still living in the Bellefonte home where he and Mary Bostian, 94, raised three kids, visits his wife daily at Centre Crest where she’s resided for about two years.
Sometimes he visits her twice a day, according to his family.
But on Saturday afternoon, Bob Bostian’s visit was a little out of the norm.
A party was held for the couple that included 24 family members — some who traveled from Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
“We just wanted to have something special,” their daughter Cindy McDaniels said.
Bob Bostian said he met Mary Bostian while waiting at a train station before a school trip to West Point in New York.
The couple attended the same high school together in Sunbury.
“Then she asked me to go to a birthday party with her,” he said.
The rest was history.
“I knew she was it,” he said.
Bob Bostian served in the Army in World War II and immediately after attended Penn State. From there he got a job as an industrial arts teacher in 1948 at Bellefonte Area High School. He also taught graphic arts and ceramics.
The couple has three children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.