40th: Steve, Kathy Downer

Dr. Steve and Kathy Downer celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Dec. 16. They were married Dec. 16, 1972, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hawthorne, Calif. by Father William Krekelberg. Kenny Wright was the best man and the bride’s sister, Tina Brown, was the maid of honor.

He is a local podiatrist and she works as an RN at Marietta Memorial Hospital Strecker Cancer Center.

They have four children: Crystal, Blake, and Logan Downer of Marietta, and Jade Downer of Athens, Ohio.

During their years together they have traveled extensively. In their spare time they were host parents to eight exchange students: Sara Alonso of Spain, Jan Rabek and Sophie Soenderskov of Denmark, Maija Palojarvi of Finland, Patrick Paska of Germany, Pierre-jean Cobut of Belgium, Claudia Perez of Venezuela, and Marco Ruegg of Switzerland.