Rose Mannina Frank and Joseph F. Frank Sr., both native New Orleanians, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the Hammond home of their eldest child, Joseph Frank Jr., and his wife, Pamela, on June 5.

The Franks celebrated with their four children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren (with two on the way).

Their other three children are Kathleen F. Piglia, of Kenner; Jeanette F. Credo, of Baton Rouge; and Rosemarie F. Dominick, of Metairie. Another child, Jeffrey D. Frank, is deceased.

The couple met in the Audubon Park swimming pool as teenagers and became friends. While Joe was away for four years in the Navy during World War II, he sent Rose a Christmas victory card, and they continued writing. It wasn’t until he came home that their relationship blossomed. Joe and Rose married six months after his return.

While Rose was at home raising their five children, Joe worked for Woodward Wight Co., owned Luigi’s Pizza, and as a second side job, he repaired air conditioning. He bought into and later became full owner of Central Hardware in Jefferson.

When Joe retired at age 70, he sold the business.

Asked how they have stayed together for so many years, they said with commitment, patience and love.