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 Mater's, 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, September 30, 2008

From The Sodality Page

The Junior Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary held their election of officers for the year 1956-57 on April 18. They are as follows:
Prefect - Marianne Neal
Vice Prefect - Judy Jones
Secretary - Helen Melsheimer
Treasurer - Cathy Barnes

Good Luck Girls!

Monday, September 29, 2008

From The Sodality Page

We would like to use this small space to give a big thank you to Sister Mary Assumpta and all the 1956 and 1957 Sodality officers. As you all know, they have done a wonderful job and we want to express our sincere appreciation. So, good luck and God Bless you.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

From The Sodality Page

The Sodality would not be right without having new girls. The Freshmen have made good ones and we want them to know we are looking forward to having them as members next fall.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sodality Page

The Sodality Page by editors, Linda Melsheimer and Betty McIntyre of the Maryon, has seven entries. (Will post an entry a day)

We want to take this occasion to welcome the Sophomores as members of the Sodality. On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the members of the High School Sodality attending Mass in a body. After Mass the Sophomores were received into the Sodality. As they made the act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, they promised to abide by the rules, to foster devotion to Mary, to sanctify self and others by giving good example.

They were then serve breakfast in the cafeteria by other members of the Sodality. (Taken from the 1956 Maryon)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Goodbye! Farewell! Thanks!


With a great feeling of sadness, the girls of S.F.X.A. learned of the sudden departure of Father Nicholas Filippich. We will always remember Father as a man with an outstanding personality. Good luck, Father!!!!!


This is one of the saddest times of the year, when we must bid our beloved Seniors goodbye. It just won't seem the same without your faces being around next year. We know we have had our disagreements Seniors but we have had our fund too. That we will not forget. We hope that we, in the year to come, came make an impression on the Juniors and the rest of the school, as you have on us. Goodbye and God Bless You! Please remember us, the juniors of '56, for we shall never forget you!


This small space is inadequate to express the deep feeling of love and appreciation for all the Sisters have done. They have made this year, '56, one that we will never forget. We are sorry for all the trouble and worry we have caused you in the past. We hope that next year finds us all with resolutions to be better!! We, the Juniors, want to particularly thank Sister Mary Rita, our sponsor for all she has done for us in making the Junior Year one that we never can nor will forget. (Taken from the Maryon dated May 21, 1956)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Editorial ~ Maryon

Yes, it is here at last!! The time of the year that everyone, students and teachers alike have looked forward to with mixed emotions is upon us. The Seniors have reached the point of no return. Soon they will graduate. The Juniors will have safely gotten their coveted rings and will have become the Seniors of S.F.X.A. The Sophomores will have stepped in the realms of the upperclassmen. The Freshmen will no longer be green. They will secretly await the coming of the new group of Freshmen so that they can show them the ropes and the Sisters! What would we be without them, and their guidance? We have all, at one time or another, resented the correction of our superiors. But we know now, that it was all for our own good, and for the good of the school.

Now that summer is here, we must not forget all the sisters have tried to teach us. We must govern our actions in the coming months so that they will become a credit to our school and a joy to our teachers. We must not, above all, forget Our Lord. Who too, would like to hear from us. Daily Mass and Communion assures him that you have not forgotten him, and He will reward you for it. Let's all thank God for the last year, and resolve to make the next year one that we shall always remember.

Joyce and Rose!

Betty Rose Setaro
Joyce Melsheimer
General News Editors
Linda Jones
Zita Long
Art Editor
Judy Hale
Humor Editors
Teresa Canizaro
Dooley Bell
Society Editors
Alice Guchereau
Kay Lavecchia
Sophomore Reporters
Ina Carol Lott
Kay Hess
Junior High Reporters
Susan Taylor
Lucy Canizaro
Carl Jean Katzenmyer
Sodality Editors
Linda Melsheimer
Betty McIntyre
Sports Editor
Shirley Farish
Business Managers
Janice Calcote
Linda Reese
Junior Reporters
Kay Stewart
Glenda Betts
Freshman Reporters
Doris Hoseman
Carolyn Davis
S.A.H.S. Reporters
Robert Wilkerson
Karl Nicholas

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


May 17, 1956

Dear Sisters and Students:

The time has come again for the initiation of the Juniors into their job of putting out their first Maryon. It is customary for us to bid you farewell through our school paper, and it is with mixed emotions that we bid you adui. We have enjoyed working on the Maryon Staff. It gave us a sense of pride seeing our own articles and dummies typed, stenciled, and compiled into the Maryon.

To the new Co-Editors, Joyce and Betty Rose, and to the whole new staff, we send congratulations. Under their able leadership, we know that the Maryon will have a successful year. So Good Luck girls, and don't get discouraged.

Soon the Seniors will put on their caps and gowns and take leave of S.F.X.A. Even in the midst of presents and parties, book-reports and exams, we find ourselves thinking frequently of the teachers and friends we are leaving behind.

We would like to take this opportunity to say farewell to the students. Throughout high school you have been the best examples of loyalty and true friendship. We've had a good time with you, girls, and we're going to miss each and every one of you!

To the sisters we'd like to express our sincere gratitude for all they have done for us. When we meet and, with the help of God's grace, are able to answer the challenges that will come later, we will know that we would never have amounted to anything without your help. Thank you, sisters.

Merrily we've rattled on, and now we're rattling out!

Love you all,

Bea and Delia

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Alumnae Hymn

Oh, Mary, we hail Thee, Thou
virgin most mild,
Fair Spouse of Jehovah whose Son
is thy child,
The Angels of heaven thy glory
And all generations of earth bless thy name.
We wander adrift on life's
In storm and in tempest we call
upon thee
Bright star in the heaven, thy
radiant light
Illumines our pathway and banishes
Oh, Mother of God, in thy Son's
holy love,
Protect us and guide us to His
throne above.
When life's weary journey is over
and past
Oh, lead us to Jesus in heaven
at last.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Alice Blue Gown

You once were a child so young and
so free
When you started to school you were
three and three;
But each year you've studied, and
now here you are
We're right glad to see you've gotten
so far.
It is May - - it is May - - it is May
You'll leave the school and go on your way.
To the seniors of S.F.X.A.
With a smile we graciously say
We are glad to be here
To present robes so dear
For we know you're deserved them
These white caps and gowns.
You have dreamed of them every so long
Now your wish has come true with a song
It's near graduation
We feel your elation
In these long hoped-for white caps and gowns.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


I'll be loving you, Always ~
with a love that's true
Always ~ When the things you've
need a helping hand,
I will understand, Always, Always ~
Days may not be fair, Always ~
That's when I'll be there, Always ~
Not for just a hour, Not for just a
Not for just a year, But always,

Saturday, September 20, 2008

St. 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.
St. Xavier dear, St. Xavier dear,
Your colors rare of blue and white
Will always be as dear to me
As on this happy night.
Your daughters, too, are always true,
Oh Alma Mater fair;
A hymn of praise to you they raise
For you their love declare.
We love thy halls, St. Xavier dear
The friends we've made there long ago
They come again in visions clear
To grace the scenes we used to know.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Dear Alma Mater

Dear Alma Mater, we bid thee good-by
Leaving your portals brings
forth a sign ~
Our hearts are yours through the
long years to be
We'll still belong to thee.
Teachers of childhood who moulded
our life
Giving us weapons to conquer in strife.
When we have started our journey so long
Our hearts will sing this song.
Loved Alma Mater, we're thine until
Thou our inspiration till from this
earth we're taken.
Ah! How our hearts beat with rapture
As your dear outlines again meet our
Sing, then O classmates, raise
voices on high.
Our Alma Mater, long may she be loved;
Echoes of praises ring out to the sky,
Wafted to heav'n above.
Dearest of High Schools, our joy and
our crown,
By golden strands to thee we are bound.
One strand is glory, the other is love,
Lifting our hearts above.
Now we are singing as onward we go
Songs of courage at thy command
Great are the gifts which you did
On us with lavish hands.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

1957 Graduating Class

(Click to enlarge) Members of the 1957 graduating classes of St. Aloysius High School and St. Francis Xavier Academy posed for their photo at St. Paul Catholic Church. Graduates are, front from left, Kay Lavecchia Gex, Dooley Bell Fava, Dorothy Logue Kittrell, Linda Reese Craft, Janice Calcote Clark, Betty Lou Brasfield, Shirley Farrish, Zita Long Sandmeyer, Carol Strickland Schaljo, Joyce Melsheimer Davis, Betty McIntyre Middleton, Linda Jones Styron, Mary Jane Pinkston LaHatte, Mary Nell Garvin McMaster, Frances Smith Jowers, Judy Hale McCallum, Linda Melsheimer Harden, Eloise Yerger Wall, Alice Guchereau Portwood, Theresa Canizaro Meder, Mary Pat Booth Fulton, Katherine Warriner McLain and Betty Rose Setaro Webb. The St. Al grads are, from left, Butch McCormack, Thomas Herrod, Clifton McMillan, Jesse Jones, Robert Wilkerson, Tommy Byrd, Tim Vollor, Karl Nicholas, Randall Baker, Rad Styron, Eddie Lucchesi, John Edward Ellis, Jimmy McCleskey, Charles Haley, Joe Hossley, Bill Irby, Paul Kelly Loyacono, Paul Marsicano and Paul Chatham. The clergy at center are Brother Anselm and Monsignor D. J. O'Beirne. The classes are holding their 50-year reunion this weekend.
(Vicksburg Post, Sunday, May 27, 2007)

Birthday Party of Petesy Peterson Smith

A 1945 Photo shows the first birthday party of Petesy Peterson Smith, who grew up to be a Warren County supervisor, a landowner, rancher and attorney. With the 1-year-old, front and center, are, clockwise from left, John Boa, Florence Murphy Boren (Class of 1959), Cora Lee Logan Phillips, Rosalye Wilkerson Baldwin (Class of 1959) and Robert Wilkerson (Deceased). The photo was contributed by Virginia Burrell (Deceased), Wilkerson's daughter of Vicksburg.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Commencement ~ Class of 1960

Commencement For SFXA-SAHS Set For Tonight

Graduation exercises for the senior students of St. Aloysius High School and St. Francis Xavier Academy will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church this evening at 7:30 o'clock.

Members of the graduating class will attend the 9 o'clock mass at the church this morning.

Diplomas of graduation will be conferred by Right Reverend monsignor Michael J. McCarthy, pastor of St. Paul's Church.

The graduation address will be delivered by Rev. Father William M. Hopp, pastor of St. Edwards Catholic Church, Tallulah, LA.

Music for the occasion will be furnished by St. Paul's senior choir under the direction of Mrs. Jessie Yoste, who will preside at the organ.

St. Francis Xavier

Students receiving diplomas from St. Francis Xavier Academy are:

Lillian Jacqueline Andrews, Mary Love Angelo, Agnes Marie Banchetti, Barbara Ann Banchetti, Peggy Ann Calcote, Jane Augusta Cathey, Bertha Edith Dearing, Flora Alice Finane, Vera Ann Franco, Mildred Ann Freutel, Jeannie Marie Gardner, Alyce Charlene Guiney, Beverly Ray Haas, Frances Ann Hardin, Amelia Adelynn Honsa, Pamela Ann Mahoney, Rita Blance Martin, Patricia Ann MCCaffrey, Patricia Ann Murphy, Cecelia Evelyn Varner, Mildred Clair Quarles and Patricia Ruth Woodbury.

Students receiving additional diplomas from the Catholic University of America are:

Vera Ann Franco, Mildred Ann Freutal, Beverly Rae Haas, Frances Ann Hardin, Rita Blanche Martin and Patricia Ann Murphy.

St. Aloysius High

Students receiving diplomas from St. Aloysius High School are:

Barton Coccaro, David Ellis, Angelino Franco, Wade Gery, Bobby Gordon, Birchett Hopkins, John Hosemann, Daniel Hossley, Jerome Johnson, Steve Kirschmayer, David Kinnebrew, James Monsour, Ellis Nassour Jr., Frank Schlosser Jr., Hansel Stegall, Dave Stewart (Deceased), Robert Sullivan and William Yerger.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

2nd 50th Class Reunion Meeting

Seated - Katherine (Meyer) and Roy Turcotte. Standing - left to right, Vera (Marshall) Brown, Ina (Lott) Whittington, Jackie (Melsheimer) Doiron, Sue (McNamara) Fowler, Myrtle (Loviza) Alvarado and myself, Marian (Love) Phillips.

We had our 2nd 50 Class Reunion Meeting last evening at Myrtle Loviza Alvarado's home on Cherry Street. We discussed having our Friday evening cocktail party at the Ware House on Washington Street and possibly having the girls Brunch at the Cobb House. We will be checking on prices and availability. When we have it all compiled, we will be sending a group e-mail out with all the details. Everything is still in the planning stages and welcome all of the Class of 1959's input.

Class of 1960 ~ Bobbie

Barbara "Bobbie" Banchetti

Master Barbara Dickins - 7th Dan Black Belt, began her martial arts training in the early 1970’s in Singapore. She later trained under world renowned Grand Master Pyung Soo Kim.
Master Dickens founded White Horse Academy of Martial Arts on November 1, 1992. Her system, called Universal Way, encompasses Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Hapkido. With over 35 years of martial arts training, 30 years teaching, Master Dickens has become one of the highest ranked Black Belt women in the United States. In addition to her school, Master Dickens and her instructors teach martial arts in the Houston School District and in several private schools.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Class of 1960 ~ Mildred

Mildred "Millie" Quarles

Monday, September 08, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Class of 1960 ~ Ann

After graduation from Saint Francis Xavier Academy (SFXA) in 1960, Ann attended Hinds Junior College for two years. She then went on to the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Fine Arts for two more years. Upon, leaving Mississippi in 1966, she started flying as a stewardess (long forgotten term) for Eastern Air Lines in Miami, Florida. She had a VERY brief marriage in 1970, divorced a year later. In 1973, she met her present husband, and the absolute love of her life, Bruce Gilman. They lived in Vicksburg until 1977. Bruce was hired by Air California in January of 1978 and they moved to Irvine, CA. Air Cal was bought by American Airlines in 1978 and Bruce retired as a Captain in 2002. She started flying corporate jets in California and was hired by Jet America Airlines in 1981. Jet America was bought in1987 by Alaska Airlines, and she has been with them for 27 years. Bruce and Ann have kitties, but no kids. She said that life has been good for both of them all these years. She is truly blessed!!

Ann at her computer.
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