Deserving Mom

Mother of five Natalie Geisler of Tyrone didn’t feel she deserved a day of pampering.

Her husband, David, and her kids: Lauren, 17, Zachary, 13, Ryan, 10, and twins Joshua and Nathaniel, 9, did, though.

That’s why David secretly nominated his wife of nearly three years for the Altoona Mirror’s Mother’s Day Makeover contest and why her daughter had this to say: “I don’t know if she thought that she deserved this day, but my brothers and I both agree that we do think that she deserved it, so I want to know how she feels at the end of it.”

Natalie was recently selected among other entries for the makeover that the Mirror has held for area moms for more than a decade.

A nurse who left her career to care for her ailing mother while still caring for her five children, Natalie also cared for her late father before his passing, her husband said in his submission letter.

Natalie, who has volunteered with the Salvation Army and for her kids’ fundraising activities, suggested and then helped her twins’ class prepare care packages for troops through Military Families Ministry this year.

“I think a makeover would revive my wife and keep her spirits high during her busy days,” David wrote.

Natalie and her daughter, Lauren, were recently taken about town in a limousine from Freedom Excursions by Scully, LLC, which made stops at area businesses for, among other prizes, a new hairdo, lunch and a shopping spree.

First stop: Advanced Vein & Laser Center, Duncansville, where licensed esthetician Liz Barnes presented Natalie with a gift card for a laser facial.

The facial is “comfortable” and “relaxing,” Barnes said.

Next, it was off to the Razor’s Edge in Greenwood, where owner Michael DeGennaro colored Natalie’s hair a warm copper red. He textured the back of her hair to give it lift and body, while keeping the hair around her face smooth and sleek.

With her hair freshly done and a salon gift bag in hand, Natalie headed to lunch at the Olive Garden in Altoona. After a meal of grilled chicken flatbread, manager Derek Clauss presented her with a gift card for a future dining experience.

Natalie was then whisked to the Logan Valley Mall. Her first stop was Kranich’s Jewelers.

Store manager Mark Berry presented Natalie with a pair of 14 karat yellow gold pearl and diamond earrings.

Natalie then made her way to J. C. Penney where manager Bill Crouse presented her with a gift card that she used to pick out a few clothing items, including her look for the after photo shoot at the Mirror.

Next up for the winning mom was Kerr Kreations in Altoona.

Chelsea Kerr, an employee in the family business owned by mom Shelley Kerr, gave Natalie a floral arrangement which included hydrangea, tulips and curly willow, among other flowers.

The final stop was Shear Perfections on Logan Boulevard, owned by Angie Fetzer, for a makeup application with esthetician Bekah Lewis.

Natalie’s session included an airbrush foundation and a gift bag. Lewis used brown, blue and a shimmery gold on Natalie’s eyes, she said.

With her makeup done and a final ride in the limo, the adventure came to an end with Natalie posing for the camera in the Mirror photo studio.

Natalie seemed pleased with what the day had brought so far while riding in the limo at one point.

“This experience is just amazing. It’s just so overwhelming. Everybody is so nice. I’ve had a blast,” she said. “Who doesn’t want a day to be pampered and taken care of? And so it’s been great, so, thank you guys.”

Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.