Catching up with Past Singles: Stephanie Gallagher

Sorry, guys—one of Stark County’s previous most eligible singles is off the market. Stephanie Gallagher, a member of About magazine’s fourth class of eligible singles in 2013, has found love in Jeff Watzman, a 2004 Jackson High School graduate.

Sorry, guys—one of Stark County’s previous most eligible singles is off the market. Stephanie Gallagher, a member of About magazine’s fourth class of eligible singles in 2013, has found love in Jeff Watzman, a 2004 Jackson High School graduate. Watzman proposed to Gallagher on Christmas Eve with a ring that has been in her family for several generations. The couple plans to get married in 2017.

“He’s the perfect guy for me,” said Gallagher, 31. “Everything is so easy with him.”

The couple met through the popular dating app Tinder in 2014. After three days of exchanging text messages nonstop, they went on their first date. While the Gallagher of 2013 thought her ideal first date would be dinner and drinks downtown, Watzman trumped it with a hike through the Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls, then dinner at El Galeron Grill & Mexican Restaurant in Canton.

“Although I still think dinner and drinks is a fabulous date, I’m glad we did something different and active,” Gallagher said. “It kind of set the tone for our relationship since we love hiking and biking and staying active.”

Gallagher, who is a content writer for The Karcher Group, now lives with Watzman in a century-old house in Cuyahoga Falls. She said they plan to stay there at least until Watzman finishes his training to become an air traffic controller. Gallagher hopes he will end up at the air route traffic control center in Oberlin or somewhere else close to Ohio.

“We want to start a family and don’t want to be too far away,” she said.