Summary

  • The Golden Bachelor ends with Gerry Turner, a 72-year-old retired restaurateur from Hudson, Indiana, getting engaged to Theresa Nist, a 70-year-old financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
  • Gerry and Theresa felt a strong bond right from the start when they met during the show.
  • Despite feeling torn between Theresa and Leslie Fhima, Gerry ultimately chose Theresa to be his wife. They’re getting married in a live television event on Thursday, January 4, 2024.


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The Golden Bachelor has come to its exciting conclusion, with leading man Gerry Turner getting engaged to Theresa Nist. Gerry, a 72-year-old retired restaurateur from Hudson, Indiana, and Theresa, a 70-year-old financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, felt an instant connection when they met. However, Gerry was torn between her and his runner-up, Leslie Fhima, a 64-year-old fitness instructor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Theresa is the mother of two children and the grandmother of six grandsons. It’s been almost nine years since her husband, Billy, passed away. They were married for 42 years.

Gerry began The Golden Bachelor with 22 women over the age of 60 competing for his heart. He lost his wife Toni suddenly six years ago to a bacterial infection after 43 wonderful years together. Gerry is the proud father of two daughters, Angie and Jenny, and the beloved grandfather of two granddaughters, Charlee and Payton. Throughout his Golden Bachelor journey, Gerry was determined to find the second true love of his life. Now Gerry has achieved that goal by falling in love with and getting engaged to Theresa.

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Gerry Turner & Theresa Nist’s Relationship Timeline

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Gerry and Theresa shared a strong connection on premiere night, which was also Theresa’s 70th birthday. She came out of the limousine telling Gerry that she was going to show him her birthday suit. When she opened her wrap, she revealed flesh-colored undergarments, and they both laughed. During their one-on-one time, Gerry gave Theresa a cupcake for their birthday, and they shared their first kiss.

On the second episode of The Golden Bachelor, Gerry gave Theresa his first one-on-one date. It was Gerry’s first time driving on the California freeway, and the headlights on the car weren’t working. However, Theresa calmed him by putting her hand on his shoulder. This made a really big impression on him, and he even told Theresa’s family about it when he met them.

On the date, Gerry and Theresa went to Cadillac Jacks Drive-In & Diner, where they bonded about losing their spouses and feeling lonely. They talked about how they felt hope, while Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” played. They kissed, and then participated in a flash mob, joyously dancing in and outside of the diner. Gerry then gave Theresa the date rose.

Gerry and Theresa’s relationship continued to grow when she received one of his hometown dates. He had a beautiful visit with her sisters, Mary and Charlotte, her daughter, Jen, her son-in-law, Matt, and three of her grandsons. They also exchanged “I love yous” during their Fantasy Suite date. Theresa then met Gerry’s daughters, who liked her very much. They then shared a lovely final date together, in which Theresa told him that it would be extremely difficult for her if Gerry didn’t pick her.

In the end, Gerry chose Theresa, and he asked her to marry him. She said that he renewed her sense of hope in love and felt that the best was yet to come. She told him that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. Gerry then told Theresa that she wasn’t the right person for him to live with, but she was the person he can’t live without. This was the advice that The Bachelorette season 1 star Trista Rehn Sutter gave him about how he’d know who the right person was. It was a theme throughout the show. Theresa accepted Gerry’s proposal and the final golden rose.

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Theresa & Gerry Tease Televised Wedding

Theresa & Gerry’s Wedding Will Air Live On January 4, 2024 On ABC

Theresa and Gerry appeared in public for the first time as a couple on The Golden Bachelor finale. Theresa shared that they’ve gone back to their normal lives, and they talk on the phone every night. They’re still engaged and very happy together. In fact, they’re so in love that they want to get married as soon as possible. Therefore, they announced the thrilling news that they will wed in a live television event set to air on Thursday, January 4, 2024 on ABC. They also received a trip to Italy, which Gerry said will be their honeymoon.

Theresa and Gerry understand each other on a deeper level, and give each other hope. Hope has been a theme throughout their Golden Bachelor journey, and they seem perfect for each other. Now Bachelor Nation can look forward to their wedding, as they begin this new chapter of their lives together. They’re wished all the best as they continue their journey.

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