Last week I attended a funeral for a very special man that was a very active member of the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine, Victor Agruso Jr. Ph.D. His wife, Ramona, were married 60 years! I always adored them at mass. Watching them was as the new young people say "couple goals". They were truly a beautiful loving couple. I became a Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Minister thanks to them.
I am posting the Obituary here and linking it Obituary here Following the Obituary is a slideshow of the Funeral Mass. With Military Honors.
Just reading their many accomplishments is simply amazing :
"Victor M. Agruso Jr., Ph.D., was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Nov. 2, 1935. He died July 13, 2017, in his home. Victor attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School and Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati. After high school, Victor served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning the Korean Service Medal. After service in the military, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Dr. Agruso was a faculty member at Drury University for 33 years and retired in 2000 as Chairman of Behavioral Science and Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He merged the departments of psychology, sociology and criminology into the Department of Behavioral Sciences. He was considered a founder of Drury's master's degree programs in criminal justice and criminology. Other awards include: the Burlington Foundation Northern Faculty Achievement Award, Drury College Outstanding Educator, Distinguished Faculty Award from the Drury College Alumni Association and the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of "Learning in the Later Years: Principles of Educational Gerontology," Academic Press. His work appears in numerous publications in psychological journals and as citations in textbooks.
Victor and his wife served in marriage preparation training "Lead Couples Marriage Ministry" for the St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, Missouri. Victor was a faithful member of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine and for 10 years served as co-coordinator with Ramona for Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Honorary Life Membership.
Victor was a sensitive, kind, quiet and articulate man who valued his family and friends. He enjoyed golfing, walking, reading and crossword puzzles. He was a giving and loving man who lived his faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor M. Agruso Sr. and Angelina (Acquaro); and his sister Nancy Heine. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ramona (Mills) Agruso; his children, Stephanie and husband Charles Neffle; Victor M. Agruso III; Valerie and husband Frank Reedy; and Natalie and husband Tom W. Lynch II; sister Marlene Faust and husband Gerry Faust; brother Michael and wife Mary; brother Edward and wife Mary Lou; brother-in-law, Jack Heine; seven grandchildren: Julia, Tiffany, Rachel, Roxanne, Nicholas, Grace and Lauren, and seven great-grandchildren: Logan, Avery, Levi, Gideon, Mason, Declan and Tucker.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 9 a.m. Monday July 17, 2017, in the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, Rev. Fr. Thomas Willis, pastor celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "Victor M. Agruso Jr Endowment for the Behavioral Sciences" at Drury University 900 N. Benton Ave., Springfield, MO 65802.
Craig Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of the arrangements. "