Anthony Pitalo, Jr.
Randolph "Randy" Adam, 73, of Bay St. Louis, MS passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Gulfport, MS. He was a life long resident of Bay St. Louis and a member of St. Rose di Lima Catholic Church.
Randy never met a stranger, always willing to help people. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Shamrock Club, Italian Society and his coffee group with his friends. He was very active in his community. Randy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend to so many and will be sadly missed by all.
His preceded in death by his parents, August Adam, mother, Lelia Adam Johnson and his brother, Bobby Adam.
He is survived by his caring wife of 51 years Caroline M. Adam of Bay St. Louis, his three sons, Rusty Adam & wife, Amy of Chattanooga, TN, Gus Adam of Bay St. Louis, Clint Adam & wife, Kristen of Bay St. Louis; brothers, Bill Johnson & wife Becky of Kiln, MS and Danny Johnson & wife Robbie of Bay St. Louis; sister, Judi Piazza & husband Clarence of Kiln, MS; his pride and joy, his 7 grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.
The visitation will be on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 9:30 am until 11:30 am at St. Rose di Lima Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am.
Entombment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Bay St. Louis, MS. Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS is in charge of the arrangements.
Dorothy Mary Hammer diBenedetto, 94, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, March 18, 2017. Originally from New Orleans, she grew up in Waveland, MS, and was graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Bay St. Louis, MS. She received her bachelor’s degree from LSU and worked for Richardson & Bass in New Orleans before marrying George diBenedetto and moving to Bay St. Louis.
Dorothy was devoted to George and their children. Friends and relatives were most welcome at her kitchen table where there was interesting conversation, coffee-snorting laughter and cheers of "Tigers! Tigers! they’ve come to town!" She had an amazing abundance of love and charm, making certain everyone was well fed and cared for. She was selfless with her time and resources -- regularly serving with organizations such as the Bay Waveland Housing Authority, the Food Bank and the Rabboni Ministry. Dot is remembered for her wit and wisdom with such comments as:
Everything you have I prayed for. Russian women are beautiful because they eat cabbage, so eat your cabbage. Always volunteer so your life will have meaning.
It will be all right, just say an “Our Father.”
What do you think, Virginia (Thomas)? Does this dress cover a multitude of sins?
Survivors include her brother Richard A. Hammer; eight children: Fahey (Doug) House, Leo diBenedetto, Maria (Marion J.) Wolfe, George (Suzie) diBenedetto, Jr., Lisa diBenedetto, Patricia diBenedetto, Anna (Doug) Caffarel, Diane (Lyle) Landry; nine grandchildren: Michael and Alex House, Dylan diBenedetto, Madeleine, Ben, Ian and Adrienne Caffarel, and Eddie and Luke Landry; nieces and nephews she loved dearly and Pedro her dachshund.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Camille Hart Hammer, brother George Hammer, and her husband of 53 years, George diBenedetto, Sr.
Dorothy’s family would like to thank her devoted caretakers, Notre Dame Hospice and Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis for their compassionate support. Visitation will be held at Our Lady of the Gulf at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30, with a funeral Mass to follow at 11:00.We love you, Dearie! Mwah, Mwah! Arrangements under the direction of Edmond Fahey Funeral Home of Bay St. Louis.
Anthony Pitalo, Jr.
Anthony G. Pitalo, Jr, age 86, passed away on March 22 , 2017. Known to his family and friends as “Buddy,” he was born on January 22, 1931 in Biloxi to Anthony and Katherine Pitalo. He was raised in Bay St. Louis by his parents along with his sister, Anna. Buddy attended St. Stanislaus College and graduated from high school in 1948. He then attended Tulane University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Science degree. Following his college graduation, Buddy served two years in the United States Air Force before returning to Bay St. Louis to work in his father’s store, Pitalo’s Supermarket. It was during that time that he courted and then married Patricia Poolson in 1957.
Buddy began his teaching career in 1960 at St. Stanislaus College. He obtained his Master of Science degree from William Carey College while teaching. Over the course of his career at SSC, Buddy taught religion, mechanical drawing, and history. He also coached basketball, baseball, and football at different points while at SSC. Buddy was a member of the SSC Sideline Club, a booster club for the school. In his spare time, he assisted in construction projects at the school. Buddy was a strong proponent of the Catholic education and he dedicated 25 years of his career to the school, from which he retired in 1985.
After retiring from the school, Buddy forged ahead with his next career.
He built a restaurant that he called, “Bud’s Catfish House.” He and his wife, as well as his children, worked together to make the business prosperous. Buddy was a successful restauranteur for nine years. Once he sold the restaurant in 2006, he dedicated his time to traveling with Pat and attending the extra-curricular activities of his grand-children and eventually his great grand-children. Any spare moments were spent out in his yard picking up pecans or working on a household project. He truly enjoyed just being outside. In May of 2013, Buddy was honored as the oldest living baseball coach for St. Stanislaus College. Just this year, he was honored by the American Legion Post 139 for 45 years of service and loyalty.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony G. Pitalo, Sr. and
Katherine S. Pitalo, and by his sister, Anna P. Gayaut. He is survived by his loving and loyal wife of 59 years, Patricia P. Pitalo, and his four children, Catherine R. Pitalo, Donald A. Pitalo (Carolyn), David C. Pitalo (Cathy), and Cynthia P. Wasilenko (Clayton). He was a doting grandfather to his grand-children, Courtney P. Rich (John), Moira Nix, Anthony Pitalo, Allyson Pitalo, Ryan Pitalo, Caroline Pitalo, Hannah Pitalo, and Abbie Sawyer. Buddy was also blessed to have seven great grand-children, Dominique, Cayler Ann, Jayden, Beckam, Harley, Lawson, and Skylar.
The family wants to thank his caregivers at Memorial Hospital of Gulfport, Dunbar Village, and Notre Dame Hospice. They would also like to thank his home caregivers, especially Dale, Cherriel, Mary, and Evette, for their generosity and support during his last days. Visitation was held at 10:30 am with Mass that followed at 11:30 am at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church on March 24, 2017. A private burial service will be held next week. Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS is in charge of arrangements.