Croatian arrivals from Cres-Battaya, Evanocich, Velcich, Pisarich and Ziz
Steve Evanosich (1882-1955) was born on February 2, 1882 at Cres [Cherso], Otok Cres, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia. He married Laura Browning. Children: Leona Harriet Evanosich (1919-1919). Steve made his livelihood at Biloxi as a fisherman and cook. He died on December 27, 1955 and his corporal remains were interred in the Biloxi Cemetery.(The Daily Herald, March 31, 1919, p. 3 and December 27, 1955, p. 2)
JOSEPH P. EVANOSICH
Joseph P. Evanosich (1884-1962) was born May 1, 1884 at Cres [Cherso], Otok Cres, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia. He married Ana Brozovic (1895-1956), a native of Selce, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia. At Biloxi, Mississippi, they resided at 1036 Caillavet Street. Children: Michael A. Evanosich (1908-1994) m. Lillian Hagerty; Steve Evanosich (1918-1919); Joseph E. Evanosich (1916-1991); Frank Evanosich; Nicholas Evanosich (1919-1985); Anthony Evanosich; Anna Joan Evanosich (19-2009) m. Nelse Geary (1928-2001); Edna Evanosich m. Mr. Adams; Mary Evanosich m. Mr. Muschich.
The Joseph P. Evanovich family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in New Jersey for many years.
Steve Evanosich (1918-1919) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on April 27, 1918. He died on June 25, 1919. His corporal remains were interred in the Biloxi Cemetery.(The Daily Herald, June 26, 1919, p. 4)
ANNA J. EVANOSICH
Anna Joan Evanosich (19-2009) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on . In Harrison County, Mississippi on February 18, 1950, she married Nelse Geary (1928-2001), probably a native of Oregon.
The Daily Herald, “Infant [Leona H. Evanosich] buried Saturday”, March 31, 1919.
The Daily Herald, “Death of infant son [Steve Evanosich]”, June 26, 1919.
The Daily Herald, “Mrs. Anna Evanosich”, September 4, 1950.
The Daily Herald,“Steve Evanosich”, December 27, 1955.
The Daily Herald, “Joseph P. Evanovich”, September 1962.
The Trentonian [New Jersey], “Anna E. Geary”, September 8, 2009.
Mary J. Peresich (1884-1963) and Gasper J. Pisarich (1873-1951)
[Courtesy of Matt Lyons Jr.-January 2014]
GASPER J. PISARICH
Gasper John Pisarich (1873-1951) was born February 8, 1873 in Cres [Cherso], Primorje-Gorski kotar County, Croatia. He immigrated to America circa 1897 and married Marie J. Peresich (1884-1963) in Harrison County, Mississippi on January 7, 1903.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit County MRB 14, p. 200)
Their children were: John Joseph Pisarich (1903-1982) m. Amanda Davidson (1906-1980); Ray Vincent Pisarich (1905-1988) m. Eunice Carmelite Blanchard (1907-2005); Adelaide Pisarich m. James A. Allen; Elvira Gertrude Pisarich (1909-1999) m. Earl Louis William Anglada (1909-1973); Maria Pisarich (1909-1995) m. Noel E. Balius (1905-1994); Anna Mae Pisarich (1912-1996) m. Charles Alfred Lewis; Francis Matthew Pisarich (1918-2008) m. Mary L. Davis (1922-2012+); Josephine Pisarich (1921-2001) m. Francis J. Malpass (1917-2002); Glenn Anthony Pisarich (1926-1960) m. Joyce Elizabeth McDonnell (1929-2006).
Captain Gaper J. Pisarich was employed in the seafood industry most of his life. He worked for the E.C. Joullian Packing Company; C.B.Foster Packing Company; and at the time of his demise was foreman for the Southern Shell Fish Company managed by Chester Delacruz. Captain Pisarich was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Gulf Coast Seafood Workers Association, Back Bay Volunteer Fire Compnay, and the Woodmen of the World.(The Daily Herald, April 30, 1951, p. 9)
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John J. Pisarich
John Joseph Pisarich(1903-1982) was born at Biloxi on November 13, 1903. He married Amanda Davidson (1906-1980). John was an excellent barber and began cutting hair at age 19 years. he owned an operated John's Barber SHop on Howard Avenue. Mr. Pisarich was a member of Elk's Lodge No. 606, the Knights of Columbus No. 1244 and the Slavonian Benevolent Association.
John expired at Biloxi on April 18, 1982 at the age of 78 years. He was survived by daughter, Jerry P. Stafford of Biloxi; two sons, John J. Pisarich Jr. (1926-1996) m. Alberta Ann Pickard of Biloxi and Robert G. Pisarich m. Virginia Maria Fountain of Ocean Springs; five sisters: Adelaide P.Allen; Elvera P. Anglada; Maria P. Balius; Josephine P. Malpass; amd Mrs. Anna P. Lewis, all of Biloxi; two brothers, Ray V. Pisriach and Francis Pisarich, both of Biloxi; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Mr. Pisarich's funeral was under the auspices of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home of Biloxi. Following services at Nativity BVM Cathedral committal was at Southern Memorial Park.(The Daily Herald, April 19, 1982, p. A-2)
Ray V. Pisarich
Ray Vincent Pisarich (1905-1988) was born July 1, 1905. He married Eunice Carmelite Blanchard (1907-2005), a native of Jeanerette, Louisiana, and the daughter of Varice Blanchard and Octavia Blanchard, on January 28, 1934. Mr. Pisarich made his livelihood as a plumbing contractor and worked on some of Biloxi’s largest structures. He and Eunice were the parents of. Children: Carmelite Pisarich m. Edward E. Payne and Ray V. Pisarich Jr. m. Elmerita Frances Mihojevich;
|Mrs. Eunice Blanchard Pisarich (1907-2005) was born on February 7, 1907, in Jeanerette, Louisiana. She died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, in Ocean Springs. Mrs. Pisarich was a resident of Biloxi for 90 years. She was a member of Nativity BVM Catholic Church. Mrs. Pisarich was preceded in death by her husband, Ray V. Pisarich, Sr., her parents, Varice Blanchard and Octavia Blanchard, granddaughter, Charlotte Pisarich, thirteen brothers and sisters, and a son-in-law, Edward E. Payne. She is survived by her daughter, Carmelite Pisarich Payne, a son, Ray V. Pisarich, Jr., and wife, Elmerita, eight grandchildren, Cynthia Payne McCartney and husband, Bill, Diane Payne Griffin. Edward V. Payne and wife, Melanie, Mary Jo Skelton and husband, Mike, Thomas W. Pisarich and wife, Caroline, Joseph G. Pisarich, Raechele Pisarich, and Katie Pisarich Paske and husband, Chris, and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be on Friday, March 11, 2005, from 10-11 AM, with an 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial, all at Nativity BVM Cathedral. Burial will follow in Southern Memorial Park.(The Sun Herald, March 10, 2005)
Elvira G. Pisarich
Elvira Pisarich Anglada, age 89 years, of Biloxi died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, in Biloxi. Mrs. Anglada was a native and lifelong resident of Biloxi. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Biloxi and was a member of the Altar Society with St. John's Catholic Church. She served as a volunteer and chaperone for the Sacred Heart High School all girl band. She was also a member of the Herbert Mullins Sr. Citizens Center and former member of the Elks Auxiliary. Mrs. Anglada was a volunteer during World War II. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl L. Anglada; her parents, Gaspar and Mary Peresich Pisarich; three brothers, John Pisarich, Ray Pisarich and Glen Pisarich; and three sisters, Adelaide Allen, Anna Lewis and twin sister, Marie Balius. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Evelyn Dellenger and son-in-law, Stanley Dellenger Sr., both of Biloxi; a granddaughter, Diane Puzz of North Biloxi; three grandsons, Paul Dellenger of North Biloxi, Stanley Dellenger Jr. of Biloxi and Matthew Dellenger of Denver, CO.; a sister, Josephine Malpass; and a brother, Francis Pisarich, both of Biloxi. Friday, April 9, 1999, at St. John's Catholic Church in Biloxi, a Mass Service will begin at 11 a.m. There will be a visitation an hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Southern Memorial Park Cemetery in Biloxi. (The Sun Herald, April 8, 1999)
Anna M. Pisarich
Anna Mae Pisarich (1912-1996) was born in 1912. She married John Lewis and they were the parents of: John J. Lewis and Lisa Lewis m. Stephen Fletcher.
Anna was a 1930 graduate of Sacred Heart Catholic School and went to workas a sales lady for the J.C. Penny Company and after 42 years she retired as office manager.
Francis M. Pisarich
Francis Matthew Pisarich (1918-2008) was born September 22, 1918 at Biloxi. He graduated valedictorian from Sacred Heart Academy in 1936. Francis was a Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard. He led a wave of assault infantrymen onto Omaha Beach on D-Day for which he was awarded a letter of commendation for his leadership under fire. Francis was a master plumber. He owned and operated Francis Pisarich Plumbing in Biloxi. Francis and his wife traveled extensively and enjoyed theater and the arts. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church from its inception. Mr. Pisarich passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008 in Biloxi. His greatest joy in life was his family. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Francis M. Pisarich was preceded in death by his parents, Gaspar and Mary Peresich Pisarich; sisters, Adelaide Allen, Maria Balius, Elvira Anglada, Anna Lewis, Josephine Malpass; and brothers, John, Ray and Glenn Pisarich. He was survivored by his wife, Mary Davis Pisarich of Biloxi; daughter, Mary Frances "Molly" (Frank) Cox of Biloxi; son, Stephen Matthew Pisarich of Saucier; grandchildren, Stefanie (John) Walley, Teddy (Ashley) Johnson, Stephen F. (Meggan) Pisarich, Matthew (Renee') Pisarich, Kristen Johnson, Averil Pisarich, Alex Pisarich, and Beth Cox; and 5 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 21, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where friends may visit from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Interment is in Southern Memorial Park. (The Sun Herald, November 21, 2008, p. A-4)
Josephine Pisarich was born . She married Frank Malpass (1917-2002) in Harrison County, Mississippi on September 2, 1940.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit MRB 51, p. 296)
Josephine P. Malpass, age 79 years, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, in Biloxi. Mrs. Malpass was a lifelong resident of Biloxi and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy. She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church where she served as a eucharistic minister and lector, was a member of the Altar Society and served on the Bingo Committee. She was an employee of the Harrison County Tax Collector's Office for many years and was a kindergarten teacher at St. John's Elementary School in Biloxi. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Josephine was preceded in death by a son, Geoffrey P. Malpass Sr. (1996); her parents, Gaspar and Mary Pisarich; four sisters, Adelaide Allen, Anna Lewis, Maria Balius and Elvera Anglada; and three brothers, John Pisarich, Ray Pisarich and Glenn Pisarich.
Survivors include her husband, Frank J. Malpass (1917-2002) of Biloxi; two daughters, Cathey Boney of Leavenworth, Kan., and Holly Balius of Laurel; a son, Dennis B. Malpass (b. 1943) of LaPorte, Texas; a brother, Francis Pisarich of Biloxi; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Johns Catholic Church in Biloxi where friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and recitation of the rosary will be at 10:40 a.m. Burial will be in Southern Memorial Park in Biloxi. The Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi is in charge of arrangements.(The Sun Herald, January 22, 2001)
Glenn A. Pisarich
Glenn Anthony Pisarich (1926-1960) was born January 25, 1926 at Biloxi. He enlisted in the USMC on June 6, 1944 and was honorably discharged on September 14, 1945. Glenn married Joyce Elizabeth McDonnell (1929-2006).
The Daily Herald, “Biloxi Society and Personal Items”, June 1, 1912.
The Daily Herald, '[Captain Gasper J Pisarich] Pisarich death', April 30, 1951.
The Daily Herald, 'John Pisarich Sr.', April 19, 1982.
The Sun Herald, “Mrs. Anna Pisarich Lewis”, January 14, 1996, p. B-2.
The Sun Herald, “Geoffrey P. Malpass”, March 30, 1996, p. A-2.
The Sun Herald, “Josephine P. Malpass”, January 22, 2001.
The Sun Herald, “”, , p. .
The Sun Herald, “Eunice Blanchard Pisarich”, March 10, 2005.
The Sun Herald, “Joyce McDonnell Pisarich”, November 25, 2006.
The Sun Herald, “Francis Matthew Pisarich”, November 21, 2008.
JAMES S. VELCICH
James [Giacomo] S. Velcich (1865-1931) was born at Cres [Cherso], Croatia in December 1865. He came to America circa 1883 and married Mary [Maria] Martinolich (1866-1938), also a Croatian immigrant, at New Orleans on August 21, 1892. Children: James F. 'Jake' Velcich (1893-1989); Josephine F. Velcich (1896-1978) m. Albert B. Trochessett (1891-1963); Frances Velcich (1898-1989) m. Frank A. Cassanova (1895-1976); John A. Velcich (1901-1968) m. Helen Cotton (1917-2000); Anthony Velcich (1902-1917); Joseph J. Velcich (1904-1989) m. Marie Germaine Baudot (1904-1929) and Leona Baudot (1906-1985); Maria Velcich (1906-1986) m. Louis George 'Dutch' Monteverde (1900-1973); Anna Velcich (1910-1977) m. James Burke Suberbielle (1905-1979); and Antonia 'Toni' Velcich (1912-1999) m. Irwin Favre
Josephine Velcich was born February 10, 1896 at NOLA. She married Albert B. Trocheset (1891-1963), the son of Trochesset and , on June 23, 1916 at Lake Shore, Hancock County, Mississippi. At this time, Albert was employed with the Southern Express Company at Pensacola, Florida. By 1930, the family was domiciled at 1020 Lameuse Street with their five children: Lillian M. Trochesset; Geraldine Trochesset; James V. Trochesset; and Evelyn M. Trochesset. Albert made his livelihood as a house carpenter at this time.(1930 Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal census R 1146, p. 21A, ED 6)
Frances Velcich (1898-1989) was the spouse of Frank A. Cassanova (1895-1976). She was born in Louisiana on March 31, 1898 and moved to the Coast in 1921. Their children were: Francis A. Cassanova (1924-1996); Helen C. Bieda; Audrey C. Moran (1926-2011) m. W.F. 'Chris' Moran; and Wallace E. Cassanova (b. 1928) m. Marilyn Johnson (b. 1930). Frances V. Cassanova expired at Biloxi, Mississippi on May 30, 1989. Her corporal remains were interred in the Southern Memorial Park cemetery at Biloxi, Mississippi. She was survived by Antonia 'Toni' Velcich Favre (1912-1999), a sister, and James F. 'Jake' Velcich (1893-1989), a brother.[The Sun Herald, June 1, 1989, p. A4]
JOHN A. VELCICH
John A. Velcich (1900-1968) was born December 17, 1900 at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He married Helen Cotton and died at Baton Rouge, Louisiana on March 13, 1968.(The Daily Herald, March 14, 1968, p. 2)
Anthony Velcich (1902-1917) was born December 5, 1902 at Bay St. Louis, Missisippi. He died at NOLA in March 1917. Anthony's corporal remians were interred in the St. Roch Cemetery.(The New Orleans Daily States, March 22, 1917, p. 14)
Jerome Lepre, Early Mississippi Coast Families-Trochesset-Fayard-Paquet, Special Issue, (Mississippi Coast Historical & Genealogical Society: Biloxi, Mississippi-August 1982).
The Daily Herald, “Trochesset-Velcich”, June 24, 1916.
The Daily Herald, “John A. Velcich”, March 14, 1968.
The New Orleans Daily States, "Anthony Velcich", March 22, 1917.
The Sun Herald, “Mrs. Francis Cassanova”, June 1, 1989.
The Sun Herald, “F.A. Cassanova”, July 19, 1996.
The Times-Picayune, "Marie G. Baudot Velcich", February 4, 1929.
The Times-Picayune, "Helen Cotton Velcich", April 26, 2000.
The Times-Picayune, "",
As presently known, the Ziz family of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was represented by two brothers, Antonio D. Ziz who settled in the DeLisle area of West Harrison County and George M. Ziz who resided at Biloxi, Mississippi. They were immigrants from Cres [Cherso] on the island Cres, Croatia.
ANTONIO D. ZIZ
Antonio D. Ziz (1857-1925) was the son of Antonion Ziz and Maria Muscardini. He immigrated to America circa 1882 and on July 29, 1890, he married Mary Evelina Sellier (1859-1932), the daughter of Jules Sellier and Mary Basilice Dedeaux, at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church at Bay St. Louis, Hancock County, Mississippi. They were the parents of three children: Ellen Mary Ziz (1892-1975) m. Charles A. Martin Jr. (1894-1977); Christopher Louis Ziz (1894-1973) m. Selma Alice Courtenay (1899-1973); and Christine A. Ziz (1896-1960) m. Henry S. Lindsey (1892-1960).(Leepre, 1995, p. 383)
Ellen M. Ziz
Ellen M. Ziz (1892-1975) was born on February 15, 1892. She married Charles A. Martin Jr. (1894-1977) on October 22, 1919 in Harrison County, Mississippi. In 1930, they were domiciled at 323 East 2nd Street at Pass Christian, Mississippi. Charles made his livelihood as a clerk in a hardeware store. They were the parents of two children: Geraldine Martin (1920-2009) m. Gordon E. Bishop (1921-1996) and Charles Roland Martin (1924-2003) m. Frances Howell (b. 1924). The corporal remains of this family was interred in the Live Oak Cemetery at Pass Christian, Mississippi.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 31, p. 346 and 1930 Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal Census R 1146, p. 14A, ED 21)
Christopher L. Ziz
Christopher Louis Ziz (1894-1973) was born on February 14, 1894. He married Selma Alice Courtenay (1899-1973) in Harrison County, Mississippi on June 18, 1924.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 36, p. 151)
Anthony V. Ziz
Anthony Vincent Ziz (1894-1966) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on June 21, 1894. He worked in retail sales in a hardware store most of his life and was a member of St. John's Catholic Church on Back Bay. Anthony died at Jackson, Mississippi on March 18, 1966. His corporal remains were interred in the Biloxi Cemetery.(The Daily Herald, March 19, 1966, p. 2)
George M. Ziz
George Anthony Ziz (1928-1979) m. Frances Louise Norton (1928-2008) on October 1, 1945. Children: Mary Francis Ziz (1946-1996); George A Ziz II m. Barbara Ann Taylor; Jeffrey Dominic Ziz m. Lisa Ann Randazzo ; Nora Ziz; Michael William Ziz (1948-1948); Della Christine Ziz m. David Lee Fayard; Theresa Zizm. Mr. Whiteside; and Laura Ziz m. Landry; Catherine Ziz m. Mr. Fountain; Joseph Frederick Ziz m. Vera Patrick Dern; and Constance M. Ziz m. George Joseph Rogalski.
Mary E. Ziz
Mary Ellen Ziz (1926-1991) married Harry Paul Dronet on October 4, 1945. Children: Gary Dronet Dana Dronet; Keith Dronet; Chris Dronet; Kathy Dronet; Mark Dronet; Mary Dronet;(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 31, p. 346 and 69, p. 456)
Jerome Lepre, Catholic Church Records Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi [1847-1900], Volume III, (Diocese of Biloxi: Biloxi, Mississippi-1995).
The Daily Herald, “Lindsey-Ziz”, May 22, 1923.
The Daily Herald, “Mrs. Ziz dies”, September 17, 1947 .
The Sun Herald, “Mary Frances Ziz”, July 23, 1996.