Mike Stutes, who was the janitor at St. Francis and Little
Flower School, had this moment with Nonco....
"I would unlock the doors of the church at 5:30 in the morning for 6 o'clock Mass. One winter day I first opened the door on the south side of the Church, entered and walked to the door on the north side, under protection from the blistering north wind. When I opened the door, Nonco was standing there, shivering in the cold in the teeth of that North wind. I let him in and said " Nonco when you arrive before me go wait for me on the south side of the church so the north wind doesn't hit you so hard. Nonco simply said ‘That's OK. I just offer my suffering up to Jesus, thank you.’”
I remember the children's plays he
would put together and direct for Christmas and Easter at the Little
Flower Auditorium. I remember he either delivered the scripts I had to recite directly to
me or to my Mom. The scripts were written on a torn piece of paper. I guess I
was doing this between the ages of 6 to 10.
I remember going to his house with my Mom and he had all kinds of animals... his goose chased me around the yard one afternoon and pecked me.
I remember him at church in the
morning during the week and on Sundays. I always remember him in a suit. He
would pass out the Sacred Heart leaflets before and after Mass.
I remember the little house on the bayou where Mom said he would watch my oldest brother Charles during the day while she worked at the store. The shutters had like a pine tree image cut out of them. I remember Mom saying he was a teacher in either northern or central Louisiana before he came to Arnaudville... I think?
He was such a kind, spiritual, dedicated to his faith man.
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