On August 13, 1918, World War I was drawing to a close, Woodrow Wilson was President, Babe Ruth was a member of the Boston Red Sox and Louis Anthony Bilicich came into the world.
On Saturday, November 24, 2012, Louis was called home.
Throughout his 94 years, Louis lived a life that epitomized stability in an ever changing world. At the tender age of 8, while attending Moreland Notre Dame School, he began helping the custodian at Watsonville High School every day, before and after school. By the age of 14, he was a student-custodian and upon graduation at 18 in 1936, he became the head custodian, a job he would hold until 1981. Prior to retirement, his only prolonged time away from the school was during World War II, when he proudly served the US Army’s 81st Artillery Battalion in Alaska, the Continental US and Europe.
In 1948, he would marry the love of his life, a physical education teacher named Louise (Zanetta). Inseparable for 64 wonderful years, together they built a home, raised a family, contributed to the community and traveled the world.
Louis was devoted to his family and adored his children and grandchildren. Louis is survived by his wife, Louise; daughter, Dr. Nancy A.; son, Louis Anthony Jr. (Daphne) and his grandchildren, Danica Louise Mason (Danny) of Washington State and Louis Anthony, III of Texas.
Louis was a devout Catholic and member of St. Patrick’s Parish. He was also active in the Elks Lodge, BPOE 1300 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 17.
Louis is preceded in death by his parents, Luka and Frances (Chargin); his brother, Nicholas and his sisters, Mary (Toccalini) and Antoinette.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Father Al Megnon of Valley Catholic Church, Dr. Jeffery Mace, Dr. William Hopkins, Dr. Mary Lou Romo, the nurses and staff at Watsonville Community Hospital and Kim De Serpa and the caring staff of Hospice of Santa Cruz County.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 28th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, November 29th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Valley Catholic Cemetery.
Donations in Louis’ memory may be made to Moreland Notre Dame School, St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School or Loaves and Fishes. Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with funeral arrangementsFor the complete article see the 11-27-2012 issue.
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