John and Shanda Gates of Southington celebrated their 40th anniversary at a surprise party with family and friends at Quaker Steak and Lube in Cortland.
Mr. Gates and the former Shanda Shafer were united in marriage Nov. 4, 1977, at Howland Community Church, officiated by the Rev. Robert Taylor.
Enjoying the company of family and friends from Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, the couple renewed their vows, officiated by longtime friend the Rev. J. Philip Smith.
The couple have three daughters who, along with their husbands, hosted the surprise party — Sesha (Grayson) Clayton of Winston-Salem, N.C., Ashley (Jason) Miranda of Southington and Andrea (Greg) Hall of Hudson. They also have six grandchildren.