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Gary and Sylvia Cross

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Gary and Sylvia Cross

Gary and Sylvia Cross of Duluth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family celebration with all children and grandchildren in Oceanside, Calif., earlier this summer.

Gary and the former Sylvia Hall were married Aug. 22, 1964, in First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.

Their children are Kristi and Brian Schmidt of Hermantown; Scott and Stacey Cross of Fresno, Calif.; Jeff and Jeannie Cross of Oceanside; and Kathy and Peter Ventura of Menlo Park, Calif. They have 10 grandchildren.

Gary retired as vice president of SCJ Insurance Services in Pleasanton, Calif. Sylvia retired as a personal banker at American National Bank in St. Paul.

Secret to staying married: Really like as well as love and respect each other. Ask God to be head of the family. Remember to say, 'I'm sorry' and 'Thank you'. Treasure the gift of each day together.