Frederick H. “Fred” and Gladys “Pete” (Peterson) Purdy, of Venice Center, celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on June 30, 2015. A family reunion was held June 28 to celebrate the occasion.

The couple was married on June 30, 1942, in the Venice Center home of Fred’s parents, William and Bessie Purdy. The Rev. F.T. Perry officiated.

They were blessed with four sons, nine grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Purdy retired from the Town of Venice Highway Department after 34 years of employment. Mrs. Purdy worked at Smith Corona in Groton for nine years and retired from the General Electric Co. Inc. in Auburn after 20 years of employment. They have enjoyed their years of retirement with camping, traveling, golfing and gardening. They are active members of the Venice Baptist Church.