December 31, 2009
Clara Callahan Schaff, entered eternal life on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Windsor Place in Columbus, MS, with her family at her side. She was 90. She was born to David Patrick and Clara Julia Callahan in Palestine, TX. During World War II, she was employed by the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. She studied at St. Mary’s College in San Antonio and was a violinist with Our Lady of the Lake Orchestra. Clara married Vincent Schaff in 1948 and moved to Vicksburg, MS. During those 28 years in Vicksburg, Clara was a communicant of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, active in the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, the Vicksburg Home Demonstration Club, and involved in the St. Francis Xavier Academy and St. Aloysius High School Parent Associations. In 1976, Clara was active in the Young Elders of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church and was involved in the Newcomers Club of Metairie. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: David Patrick and John August Callahan; one sister, Ann Callahan Jones; and one granddaughter, Marie Danielle Guichard. She was Vince’s “Yellow Rose of Texas”. Throughout her life, her Irish heritage brought joy and laughter to all those who loved her shinning Irish eyes. A Mass of the Ressurection will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Father Gerard Hurley officiating. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the Mass in the church. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Survivors: are Son; David Callahan Schaff, MD, Oxford, MS; three daughters; Mary-Claire Maggio (Robert), White,TX Marian Theresa Beall(Joe), Columbus, MS, Jeanne MArie Guichard(Kenny), Metaire, LA; seven grandchildren: Sean-Vincent and Damien Robert Maggio, David Everette Beall (Erin), Catherine Marie and George Martin Schaff, Clare MArie and Stephen Daniel Giuchard, and two greatgrandaughters, Callahan Tate and Sanders Ann Beall. She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews and dear friends. The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Annunciation Catholic Church 823 College St. Columbus, MS 39701 or Vicksburg Catholic Schools. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caring Staff at Windsor Place.