Top of the Morning, June 13, 2018

Top of the Morning, June 13, 2018

Seventy years ago, BEVERLY and MARVIN STEIGMAN tied the knot "before an altar banked with palms and baskets of a gladioli and delphinium" in what newspaper accounts described as a "simple but impressive ceremony" at St. Peter's Lutheran in Thawville.

Seems like yesterday.

"Their secret? Do everything in moderation until you have to do otherwise," said their son, GREG STEIGMAN.

Even though their pace has slowed considerably, Beverly, 95, and Marvin, 94, are still very much in love. That was clear when family gathered recently to celebrate their 70th anniversary, which was Tuesday.

They met when Beverly arrived in Thawville from Iowa to work in the railroad depot office. Marvin was quite an athlete who had to turn down an offer to join a Yankees minor league team because of World War II.

They raised two children and farmed hundreds of acres stretching between Ford and Iroquois counties. Today, son ERIC oversees the family farm.

"Seventy years is a long time — they'd be the first to say that," said Greg, a surgeon who lives in Denver. "They're sensible, hard-working folks who did very well in life and continue to do well."

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