Interesting Things

By Ray L. Bellande

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Croatian arrivals from Ston-Bilancich


Baldo Nikolas Bilancich (1896-1967) was born December 4, 1896 at Ston, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia.  He left Bremen Germany in February 1910 and arrived at Galveston, Texas in March 1910 and proceeded to Biloxi, Mississippi.  Here he met and married Leona Gabrich (1904-1969).  Their nuptials occurred on Harrison County, Mississippi on October 6, 1920.  Baldo was naturalized at Biloxi, Mississippi on February 23, 1928 with Certificate No. 2439014.   The family settled at 422 Delauney Street.(Petition for Naturalization No. 399-Southern District Court-South Mississippi-September 1927 and Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 32, p. 381)

Baldo N. Bilancich and Leona Gabrich divorced and circa 1940, he relocated to Harris County, Texas.  Baldo married Patricia Ann Seliner and had three more children born in Texas: Donnie Brent Bilancich (1942-1992) m. Shirley Margaret Bailey; Elva Deana Bilancich (b. 1945) and Joseph Anthony Bilancich (b. 1950) m. Peggy Jane Ross.


Robert J. Bilancich

Robert John Bilancich (1921-1973) was born April 24, 1921 at Biloxi, Mississippi.  He married Theresa Dora Saujon (1921-2008), the daughter of Leo Saujon and Bernadette Sandoz, in Harrison County, Mississippi on April 7, 1943.  They were the parents of three children: Claudia Bilancich m. Ernest ‘Butch’ Henley; Broderick Bilancich m.    ; and infant daughter Bilancich (1947-1947).

Robert J. Bilancich and Theresa Saujon Bilancich divorced.  She married Ramon D. Tauscher (1929-2007).

Julius A. Bilancich

Julius Anthony Bilancich (1922-1994) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on July 23, 1922.  He married Shirley Ann Richard.


Dorothy M. Bilancich

Dorothy Bilancich Eleuterius(1924-2000) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on June 29, 1924.  She married Shannon Eleuterius in Harrison County, Mississippi on July 28, 1944.  They were the parents of five children: Frederick Eleuterius, Rocky Eleuterius, Scott Eleuterius.



Dorothy Bilancich Eleuterius(1924-2000), age 76 years, of Biloxi, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, in Biloxi.  Mrs. Eleuterius was a lifelong resident of Biloxi and was retired from Kroger in the deli department.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Shannon Eleuterius; a son, Frederick Eleuterius; and two brothers, Robert Bilancich and Julius Bilancich.

Dorothy was survived by two daughters, Dr. Lorraine Magrath of Troy, Alabama, and Rhanda Hertling of Biloxi; two sons, Rocky Eleuterius and Scott Eleuterius, both of Biloxi; and five grandchildren, Michelle Magrath and Christi Magrath, both of Troy, Alabama, and Kimberly Myers, Mia Eleuterius and Angela Hancock, all of Biloxi.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi where friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Biloxi Cemetery.