Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Maters, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~







Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cancer Fights Makes Us Stronger

Nina Coccaro Buell graduated from Saint Francis Xavier Academy in the Class of 1961.

In 1958, while getting ready for bed, I noticed a small lump in my left breast. Looking in the mirror it was noticeable, and I called my mom into my bedroom.  Dr. A. P. Messina was married to my aunt and, lucky for me, he came over to the house the next day, a Saturday.  He immediately suggested that I go to the Messina Clinic, where his brother, a surgeon, examined me.  I'll never forget the look on his face as he told my mom, "that's got to come out of there."

On Sunday, after Mass, I was admitted into Mercy Hospital.  By early Monday morning, it was all over.  I knew nothing, other than I was having a small lump removed, until I came out of the anesthetic.  I can still hear Dr. A. J. say "it was cancer, and we removed the breast."  I was 15 years old.

This diagnosis was almost unimaginable at that time for a teenager, and reconstruction was unheard of.

After 10 days in the hospital, it took an additional three days for me to have enough courage to look at myself.  I remember standing in front of the mirror, peeling the bandage back a little at a time.  All that was left was a scar from my shoulder to my waist and skin over bone.

At 15, it's hard to imagine what goes through your mind if you've never been there.  Some girls think it's a catastrophe to have a "zit" on their face.  For me, all had been right with the world.  I had just gotten my driver's license.  My mom had just given birth to a beautiful baby sister, whom my 11-year-old sister and I thought was the only baby in the world.  I had loving, caring parents, great extended family and wonderful friends.  I was looking forward to my sophomore year in school.  In one short weekend, my life changed.  I found myself cleaning out closets, because I couldn't wear cute little sundresses or certain tops any longer or even two piece bathing suits.

In 1965, I found out that God had someone special in mind.  I always said that my sweet dad said so many prayers, I received a bonus that only God could send.

After meeting and dating my future husband for only three months, he asked me to marry him.  Before I gave him my answer, I told him my story.  After looking at me for a few seconds, he said "You look like the same girl to me," - - and I guess I looked like the same girl 48 years later!

Our first beautiful "miracle," a girl, was born nine months later, and a son, born three years afterwards.  At age 40, I gave birth to a 10 lb. 4 oz baby girl.  They were all healthy and natural births.

In 2011, my yearly mammogram detected another tumor in my right breast, which resulted in a second mastectomy.  Being the man that he was, my husband took over my care, the house, the cooking and the grandchildren, never complaining, always willing and able.

They say "what doesn't kill you makes you strong."  I'd like to think I'm a little stronger and hopefully a little better person.  It definitely made me who I am, who keep God at the forefront of her life.

Written by Nina Coccaro Buell and dedicated to her amazing husband, Jimmy, who lost a courageous battle with lung caner in November 2013.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet



The Annual St. Aloysius/St. Francis Xavier Alumni Banquet was held last night honoring the 1965 classes as well as the Class of 2015, but all alumni and guests were invited to attend.  Mass began at 5:30 at St. Michael Catholic Church, and the social and dinner was followed in the Parish Hall.  

Class of 2015
Sarah Ruth Andrews
Alexa Baldizon
Travis Blanche
Jacob Breeden
Bash Brown
Ken Cook
Cameron Curtis
Megan Davis
Luke Dial
Derek Dolan
Drake Dorbeck
Luke Dial
Derek Dolan
Drake Dorbeck
Luke Eckstein
Alyssa Engel
Anna Fletcher
Clare Gamble
McKaylan Gray
Brandon Harrell
Meredith Hull (President, Class of 2015)
Joseph Jabour
Nina James
Mary Kalusche
Jacob Kitchens
Casey Landers
Taylor Lee
Aaron Mathis
Beth Newman
Sydnie Palmer
Michaela Parham
Avery Parman
Charles Keith Pendleton
Laura Phillips (Step-Granddaughter)
Haylee Prescott
Connor Smith
Dixon Stone
Gabe Stuckey
Zach Taylor
John Tillman Thomas
Tori Thomas
Geoge Tzotzolas
Maggie Waites
Taedrin Warnsley
Katrinka Wayne
Caroline Webb
Allie Willis

Charlie and Jeanette Ring with Jeanette's brother, Mike Jones.

Myra Coccaro Logue and Vera Marshall Brown.

Vera Agnes Marshall Brown with husband, George.

Marian Ann Love Phillips and Billie Marie Price Clarke.


Class of 1959  - Only four classmates attended last night after being out of school for 56 years.  Left to Right ~Vera Marshall Brown, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Billie Price Clarke and Marian Love Phillips.

Saint Xavier, Dear

St. Xavier, dear, we'll think of thee
When classroom days have passed away
Those happy days to us will be
A bond of love when far away.

Chorus

St. Xavier, dear, St. Xavier, dear
Your colors rare of blue and white
Will always be as dear to me
As on this very happy night.
Your daughters, too, are always true
Oh, Alma Mater fair
A hymn of praise to you we raise
For you our love declare.

We love thy halls, St. Xavier, dear
The friends we made there long ago
They come again in vision clear
To grace the scenes we used to know.

Class of 1965 




Left to Right ~ Elaine Kowaluk McKay, Sue Adams Simmons, Clement Schaff, Johnny Sanders, Ronnie Beard, Bill Sadler, Tommy Buell, Harry Piazza, Joe Tuccio.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Who Are They?

The one in the middle looks like Sister Mary Grace to me and the nun smiling big looks like Sister Mary Josephus who taught us in the 3rd grade.  Do you have a clue who they are? Leave a comment if you do.  

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter Classmates!


An Easter Prayer
God, give us eyes to see

the beauty of the Spring,
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing -

And may we see in lacy leaves

and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power -

And may this Easter grandeur

that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,

And give us ears to hear, dear God,

the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than man's often empty words

Telling harried human beings

who are lost in dark despair -
'Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care.

In Jesus Name, Amen

by Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, March 09, 2015

Photo of St. Aloysius Burning

I recently saw this picture of St. Aloysius burning on Facebook and grabbed it to post on our blog.  I have never seen this picture before and wanted to share with our St. Aloysius graduates.  Below are some comments that were made about the photograph on FB.   

Bill Ford:  I was there, was doing news for WQMV radio at the time.  Sad day, because that was my school, Class of '67. Sad, yes, but the spirit of St. Aloysius came through.  Classes resumed the next day in temporary quarters.  After noon on the day of the fire VHS and WC students showed up to help with the salvage operations. 

Suzan N. David Ebeling:  The comments by the photo states the fire damage was mainly to the third floor and roof. The second floor auditorium and other parts of the building also sustained damage.

Robert King:  I remember that day that it started in the back area of the library.

Suzan N. David Ebeling:  I was on duty at Station #8 the day of this fire.  We had to go to Central to back up because every other fire truck was at this fire.  Then we get a call to a trailer fire on Hwy 27.  This is when the City Fire Dept. responded to the county.

Burnie Ewell Ratcliff:  Was there...Then we started handing textbooks from the classrooms in a chain hand to hand. God bless Father Alfred Camp for his leadership, wisdom and strength! 

Evelyn C. Weaver:  I graduated that year.  We were in trailers the rest of the year. 

James Sullivan:  Walked those halls for 11 years then to H. V. Cooper High School.

Leslie Evans Falgoust:  I was in the 7th grade.  Helped clean out everything that could be salvaged.  It was a sad day.  7th and 8th grades had to move back to St. Francis for the rest of the year.

Betty Foster DeRossette:  I cried and cried!

Carol L. Guion:  When it was still Clay Street School, my second grade classroom was the one on the first floor on the left.  Don't know why I remember that.  I also remember there were wooden floors.

Flavia Overman:  My brother was going there the year it caught on fire.  He was a Senior, Steve Ethridge.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

ST. Aloysius/SFXA Alumni Banquet



St. Aloysius/St. Francis Xavier Alumni Banquet



Join us for the Annual St. Aloysius/St. Francis Xavier Alumni Banquet Saturday, April 18! We will be honoring the 1965 classes as well as the Class of 2015, but all alumni and guests are invited to attend. Mass will begin at 5:30 at St. Michael Catholic Church, and the social and dinner will follow in the Parish Hall. Register by clicking on the link, or for more information contact the Alumni Affairs office at 601-630-9762.





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The Vicksburg Catholic School Annual Luminary Prayer Service will be held April 1 at 8:00 PM on Balzli Field. To purchase a luminary, click on the picture which will take you to the form that can be returned to either school office. Please join us for this beautiful service!







April 18, 2015 * 5:30 PM
St. Michael Catholic Church



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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Best Ever Erected Building In This City


This building is one of the best ever erected in this city, consisting of an exhibition hall, vestibule, stage and tier of dressing rooms on the lower floor, which measures over all 120 x 60 feet clear to the ceiling.  The auditorium measures 80 x 60 feet and has a rake of three feet from rear to footlights, and will seat one thousand persons...on either side of the main stage are orchestral balconies which accommodate each of two grand pianos...the drop curtain is a richly painted...scene of the pier in the Bay of Naples...untitled newspaper...1885.
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