2017-10-01 / Social

50th Anniversary


Frank and Diane Sovia in 1967. Frank and Diane Sovia in 1967. This is the story of Frank and Diane. In May, 1965, a young Diane Hollerback was working at Parker Dairy in Saginaw, her first crack at employment. In walked a very fetching young man, Frank Sovia, who became instantly awe-struck/smitten with the blonde beauty behind the counter. He handed her his purchase slip consisting of two gallons of milk, in which she proceeded to total him up for two lunch cakes instead. He gladly paid for the mistaken order and continued home, where he confessed to his grandmother, “I just met the girl I’m going to marry.”

On September 30, 1967, Diane Lee Hollerback, 18, married Frank Michael Sovia, 20. They enjoyed a honeymoon amongst the great Niagara Falls.

A year later, they began their family that would eventually consist of five children: Michele Francine Pinks, Jenifer Lynne Pilkington, Chad Michael, Danielle Lee Tippett, and Matthew Ryan.

Their family continued to grow with a total of 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, which made five generations of Sovias.

The family also consists of two sons-in-law, with a third to come, one daughter-in-law, one great-grandson-in-law, and one step-grandson on the way.

Diane had an older sister, Sharon, now deceased, and a younger brother, Ron. Frank has two younger sisters, Janny and Lori. Both sets of parents are deceased.

On September 30, 2017, Frank and Diane Sovia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at Lucky’s Steak House in Clio with their five children and their families.

Frank worked for General Motors. Diane was a housewife.

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