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 ~

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Walter Pitts Little, Jr. ~ Obituary

November 14, 1941 ~ December 13, 2013

Walter Pitts Little, Jr, died of congestive heart failure on December 13, 2013 free from fear, being confident of resurrection and eternal life in Christ. Dr. Little was born in Shreveport, LA on November 14, 1941 and was raised in Vicksburg, MS. He attended St. Aloysius High School graduating in the Class of 1959.  A graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine (1966), he completed his residency at Charity Hospital, New Orleans in 1970. He served two years in the USAF, subsequent to which he moved to Birmingham. In 1988 Dr. Little founded Dermatopathology Services and served as its president until his retirement in 1997. He also held a masters in theological studies, was board certified in anatomical and clinical pathology, and was certified to demonstrate special competence in dermatopathology. Walter found great happiness in learning, applying his knowledge to difficult diagnostic problems, and especially in the particular joy that is teaching. Upon his retirement from the clinical faculty at UAB, his former students established and endowed the Walter P. Little Award to fund a stipend granted annually to an outstanding resident in the Department of Dermatology. Dr. Little was predeceased by his parents, Walter Pitts and Ethel Marie Little, and his wife, Jane. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; brother, Philip (Ruth); children: Elizabeth Little Allen (Paul), Walter Little, III (Mary), Frances Little, Wendi Webb Thomas (Jeff), Kimberlee Benos (Phillip Probst), Michael Webb (Lib), Laura Warner (Carl Stanton), Jennifer Kennedy (Matthew), and Charles Warner (Christy); as well as twenty-five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation prior to the memorial service, which will be held at the Cathedral Church of the Advent on Tuesday, December 17 at 1:00. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Guest Book at Dignity Memorial

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Classmate, Walter Little Died

So sorry to announce that our classmate, Walter P. Little, (Class of 1959) passed away yesterday afternoon. Please keep his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Classmates Still In Hospital

Our classmate, Walter Little, has been back in the hospital for approximately 3 weeks in ICU but said he was improving.  Also, Vera Marshall Brown is still in River Region hospital and spoke with her today and she is in good spirits.  She hopes to be out soon. Please continue to keep both of them in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vera In Hospital

Please keep our classmate Vera Marshall Brown in your prayers. She is in the hospital at River Region and I will keep you updated on her condition as I receive it.    

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Voted Best In Community!

We are very honored to have been voted the Best school in Vicksburg by the readers of the Vicksburg Post in their annual "Best of the Best Readers Poll"! We also had the two Best Teachers in Vicksburg, Mrs. Karen Calnan, and Ms. Shelley Nosser! We are proud of our school and our teachers.

St. Aloysius High School Official Alumni Facebook Page, Vicksburg, MS

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Walter Is Home

Just received word from Walter that he was able to return home this past Wednesday on chronic dialysis and said that he is getting a little stronger every day.  Please continue to keep Walter in your prayers and also his wife, Nancy who is caring for his needs.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Loren L. Miller III Obituary

ST. LOUIS - Loren "Larry" Miller III died on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

He was born November 12, 1941, in Vicksburg to Loren L. Miller II and Natalie (Palermo) Miller. Larry lived in the St. Louis Metropolitan area for the past 42 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Miller; son, Loren Miller IV; daughter-in-law, Bridget Miller; grandchildren, Christian, Cameron, and Caylee Miller; brother, Christopher Miller; sister-in-law, Nancy Miller; his two sisters, Natalie Steiger and Stephanie Bergene, and his brothers-in-laws, James Keller, David Steiger and Kent Bergene.

Larry was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School in the Class of 1959.

In 1967, Larry graduated from the University of Omaha with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering.  He proudly served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, first as an enlisted Airman, from 1961 to 1964, then as a Commissioned Officer from 1968 to 1974.

Finally, he served in the Air Force Reserve from 1978 until his retirement from the military in 1986.  In 2003, Larry retired from federal civil service after 26 years of distinguished service.  Larry first worked as a cost analyst for the Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., then as a cost and management analyst for the U. S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Larry had various interests, which included handball, chess, model railroading, music, theater, science fiction, especially Star Trek, traveling and spending time with his family.  He volunteered his time providing transportation for the Opera Theater of St. Louis and The Repertory Theater of St. Louis.  He will always be remembered for his love of life and family.

With Larry, there was never a dull moment.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Tribute Fund: the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, 130 Edgar Road, P. O. Box 191730, St. Louis, MO 63119

A private burial service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park and Mausoleum.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Our Classmates - Larry Miller Dies

Just got word that our classmate, Larry Miller (Class of 1959), has died. Larry is at peace with Our Lord in Heaven and not suffering anymore. Please keep his wife Karen in your prayers.

Walter Still In Hospital

Please continue to keep Walter in your payers. He is still in the hospital and Phillip went by to see him today but he was in a special dialysis session as his potassium was high.  Nancy, his wife, told Phillip until this they were talking about going home on Tuesday - that might be on hold now.  His spirits are high Phillip said and he is recovering from the surgery well.  He will try and see Walter again on Monday so we can have another update.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Prayers For Larry Miller

Please keep our classmate, Larry Miller (Class of 1959), in your prayers. Larry is suffering from Amyloidosis, which is a disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in your organs. It affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. Amyloidosis is rare, and the exact cause is often unknown.

As soon as I can get an update on him, I will post here on our site.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vera's Brother-in-law Dies

Vera Marshall Brown's (Class of 1959) brother-in-law, Donald, died recently and will be buried tomorrow in Florida. Donald Brown was a native of Vicksburg and attended Redwood High School.  Vera and her husband, George, will be attending his funeral.  May he rest in peace!

Walter Is Improving

Walter was able to post on Facebook Sunday and for those who are not on the site...this is what he had to say.  

After nearly 3 weeks in ICU, with an astoundingly awful case of ICU brain, I seem to be on the mend, at last able to recall what day it is. All part of a redo aortic valve and root replacement. Thanks to my wonderful family and friends!

Please continue to keep him in your prayers for a speedy recovery.  

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Walter's Condition

Per Classmate Phillip 

Walter had a major fibrillation event early yesterday morning and had to be taken in for emergency surgery to install a defibrillator.  He’s doing OK, but the doctors consider him to be in unstable condition.  He is also undergoing another round of dialysis today, and probably will tomorrow too.  Kidneys still not functioning.  Next week they will have to move the port currently installed for dialysis in order to reduce the possibility of infection.  He has really had some tough sledding.

Wish I had better news.  Will let you know as events occur.

My update:  Home from shoulder surgery yesterday and on the mend...thanks so much for all your prayers.  

May God Bless each and every one of our classmates suffering health issues.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Prayers Needed For Classmates

Our classmate, Walter Little, recently had two valve replacements and two bypasses. He has been moved from ICU to a private room according to our classmate, Phillip Doiron.  Please keep Walter in your prayers while he recovers from his operation.

As for myself, I will be having surgery Friday, Oct. 18th.  I have a complete rupture of my rt. rotator cuff.  Please keep me in your prayers as well for a speedy recovery.

To all our classmates who are having health issues, we pray in God's name. Amen    

Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Frogman & Fats"

Remember this one?


Big Bopper

Chantilly Lace classmates!  Hope you are having a great Sunday!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Theresa Home From Back Surgery

I received a phone call from our classmate, Theresa Martin Kitowski, over the weekend and said she is home now recuperating from her back surgery. It will be a very long recovery time and I know it would help and cheer her up to hear from her classmates. When you have time dropped her a get well card - I know it will brighten her day!  Also, keep her in your prayers!

Thanks classmates!

Theresa Martin Kitowski
6218 Magnolia Street
Katy, TX 77493

Classmate ~ Rosalye Wilkerson Baldwin

Rosalye at the California coastline recently.  Thankful that she is still able to trek to beautiful places like this, she said. Looking good classmate!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Prayers Needed for Vera

Our classmate, Vera Marshall Brown, was transported by ambulance this morning to River Region Medical Center with congestive heart failure. Please keep her in your prayers and I will update you as well on her condition.  



9/20/13 - I went by to visit Vera yesterday and she was in good spirits but had no idea when she would go home.  Please continue to keep her in your prayers and will keep you posted here.

Thanks Marion.  She is in my prayers.
George Evans
Pastoral Minister
St. Richard Catholic Church
601-366-2335 Ext. 106

Update (9-23-13):  Vera was discharged from the hospital this past Friday. She is home recovering.  Appreciate all your prayers on her behalf.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Classmate Having Back Surgery

Please keep our classmate, Theresa Ann Martin Kitowski, in your prayers in the coming days.  She will be having a five-hour back surgery Monday, September 9, 2013.  After surgery she will be going into a nursing home to recuperate.  I will be posting updates here as I receive them on her progress.  ~Marian

Update from her brother, Gene Martin:
She came through the surgery okay.  They ran into more than anticipated, and was in surgery for 7 hours. Didn't get back to her room until after 10:30 the other night and still on a lot of pain meds.  Talked  to her this morning, she sounded pretty good.  Going to go to rehab facility for a week before going home.

Update (9/17/13) from her brother Gene and sister Rita:  Please continue to keep Theresa in your prayers.  She is not doing very well and has issues with her rehab now.

Gene and Rita,
Theresa's recovery is in our prayers and you all are remembered at our hour of adoration. God bless.
Bill and Juliet Adams

I send my very best wishes to Theresa and keep her speedy recovery in my heart.  I understand that back some back surgeries take significantly longer to heal than others.  May she suffer as little as possible.
Best regards, Jack Baker

Update (9-22-13) from her brother Gene - Still in same facility. They did take her back across town for her 7th day check since surgery. Took her in a van poorly equipped for that type transport. Said due to the extensive surgery, recovery will be longer than anticipated, looking at 6 months now. Will be in this facility another few weeks. Still having pain.  

Gene said he would get an address soon and will post it here if anyone would like to send her a Get Well card. Marian

Update (9-23-13) Please send Get Well wishes to her home address:

Theresa Martin Kitowski
6218 Magnolia Street
Katy, TX 77493

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Flash Photos of VCS on Facebook

My step-granddaughter, Laura Phillips, is a cheerleader this year at St. Al and we are so proud of her! 

Laura is the one in the center with long curly brown hair.

Friday, August 23, 2013

St. Aloysius High School Alumni On Facebook

Welcome to the official St. Aloysius High School Alumni page on Facebook! Here you can find out about what's going on at your old high school and catch up with some old friends. Come join us and like our page!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

John Hennessey's Brother Passes Away

MANDEVILLE, LA - Lawrence Hendren Hennessey, Jr., died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Friday, July 5, 2013.  He was 77.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Hennessey was a 1957 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a veteran of the U.S. Marines.  He retired from a career of selling insurance and was lovingly known as the "best life insurance salesman ever".

Survivors include his beloved wife of 12 years, Alice Wilson-Hennessey; five sons, Michael Hennessey, Shawn Hennessey, (Cheri), James Hennessey, John Wilson, Jr. (Tanya) and Robert Wilson (Sarah); seven daughters, Maureen H. O'Rourke (Bryan), Margaret H. Murray (Bradley), Catherine H. Miller (Charles), Mary Patricia H. Miller (Bryan), Bridget Kaminski, Blythe Baranko (Peter) and Michelle W. Grosch (Todd); one brother, John A. Hennessey (Class of 1959) (Joy Ann); and two sisters, Joan H. Koestler and Catherine H. Mulhern (Mike).

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mothe Funeral Home in Harvey, LA. Interment will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Gretna, LA.  Visitation will be in the chapel of the funeral home from 10: a.m. until the hour of the service Friday.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Paul Booth's Brother Passes Away

MEMPHIS, TN — Joseph Malcolm Booth died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at his home in Memphis. He was 66.
Mr. Booth was born Nov. 18, 1946, in Vicksburg to William and Elizabeth Booth. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Joe was a father to many and a stranger to none. He worked as an agent for Nationwide Insurance for 42 years. He was the vice president of marketing for the Rogue Soccer Organization and past director of coaching for the Collierville Lobos Soccer Association. He was a proud member of the Vagrants Soccer Club, and he will be missed by his countless mates.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Carl Martin Booth; three sons, Christopher Booth (Jamie), Michael Booth (Jessica) and Patrick Booth; two sisters, Mary Pat Fulton and Peggy Rector; seven brothers, William Booth Jr., Paul Booth (Class of 1959), George Booth, Mike Booth, Jerome "Bubba" Booth and Peter Pikul; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday (today) at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Lalor officiating.  
Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mercy Babes!

Left to right, Lucy Canizaro William, Marianne Neal Wally, Joan Kinnebrew Reynolds, Patty Hebler Gray, Helen Melsheimer Gordon and Judy Janes Youngblood, sitting. 

The "Mercy Babes" (Class of 1961) are celebrating a landmark this year, even Lucy! They all had a great weekend visiting with each other in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, and looking forward to next year in Vicksburg. Noteworthy:  Joan was crowned Miss Vicksburg!

Sandra Jabour Harvey took the picture above of the "Mercy Babes" - - the one taking the picture is always left out.  Thanks for letting me know Sandra and this proves you were really there!  Love the picture!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sonny's Granddaughter, Brigitte

Louis "Sonny" Logue's granddaughter, Brigitte Roberts, is in Chimala Tanzania putting her nursing and missionary skills to good use.  She has been going on these trips for the past 5-6 years. She has built houses, repaired houses and taught children songs. This is the first time serving as a surgical nurse. 

I know that he and his wife, Wanda, are so very proud of their "special" granddaughter.  Wishing her the best of luck in her nursing and missionary work. 

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Another Classmate's Grandaughter Honored

Another classmate's granddaughter, Nikki Walker, has received the Kiwanis Scholarship, a music scholarship to Jones Community College and the Junior Auxiliary Scholarship.  Vera Marshall Brown said that she also received other scholarships but not sure of them at this time.  Nikki had many obstacles in her last three years at Clinton High School but ended up with very good grades and family/friends are so very proud of her. She resides in Clinton, MS.

~Vera Marshall Brown~
        Class of 1959

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Classmate's Granddaughter Received Honors

Our classmate, Florence Murphy Boren's, granddaughter, Anne "Blakele" Palmertree, graduated with honors with a 3.75 GPA, National Honor Society recipient and received a Mississippi State University Key Club Scholarship.  My congrats to Blakele and her family and I know her grandmother is so very proud of her!

~Florence Estelle Murphy~
         Class of 1959

Thursday, May 30, 2013

2013 ~ St. Al/St. Francis Alumni Banquet

  Click on program to enlarge.

The B.B. Club is really a beautiful place for an event such as a wedding reception, etc.  It is a historic building that dates back to 1915 and was originally the B'nai B'rith literary club (a sort of Jewish country club). There is even still a swimming pool in the basement!

Notice this dog across the street on the back of a motorcycle guarding and waiting for his master's return.  Don't see this everyday!

One of the serving tables

Old Photos

 Class of 1949 photos.

Patty Mekus, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, with her husband.

Two young ladies working as a receptionist.

Patty Mekus taking pictures while on the right, Alice McNamara Hebler making conversation with the bartenders.

Myself with Ina Lott Whittington relaxing and enjoying a drink.

Alice McNamara Hebler with Johnny "Mo" Nassour.

Ina Lott Whittington with Sandra Jabour Harvey and Alice McNamara Hebler.

Working the crowds.

Myrtle Loviza Curro with her husband Bobby Alvarado

Wanda and Louis "Sonny" Logue's grandson graduated also with several awards that's posted below.  My congrats to them and I know they are so proud of their grandson, Forrest Taylor Logue.  

Terri Matherne with her husband who had a son to graduate, Tyler Joseph Matherne.  I used to work with Terri at the Vicksburg Convention Center after I retired from my government job and we were also neighbors.  I remember their two sons when they were little tykes!  My how time flies!  A beautiful couple and family.

Mary Martha Hilbun with her cousin, John Louis Gargaro.

Sandra Jabour and Father Patrick Curley of St. Michael Catholic Church.

A beautiful building where a lot of weddings/functions are held.

A ceiling full of lights!

Listening to the guest speakers (Class of 1963) Anna Marie Franco and H. Fielding Hossley.

Lovely arrangements of roses on each table.

Hopefully, with the next Alumni Banquet our Class of 1959 will get together for our 55th class reunion.  It's hard to believe I started this blog about 6 years ago for our 50th Class it will soon be 55 years.  I hope we can all get together again.  It will be wonderful to see everyone.  It's sad to say that we have lost two of our classmates last year since we have met.  They were high school sweethearts, Roy and Katherine Turcotte.  May they both rest in peace!
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