Rejoice! I say Rejoice! Anthony Matthew Grauso at the age of 91 has entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on October 13, 2017. Born a blessing as the only son along with 3 sisters to Ralph & Julia Grauso (‘nee Vecchione), June 3, 1926 in Little Italy, New York City.
At the age of 17, (1943) Anthony served in the Navy and fought in WWII on the USS Varian #798, in the Atlantic and the USS Goodrich #831 in the Pacific. As a radioman, he was instrumental in deciphering the German Code, which enabled his ship to sink 3 German Submarines and was later involved in the occupation over Japan. After his service, Anthony attended and graduated Fordham University on the GI Bill. Anthony’s professional career progressed from Ernst & Ernst, to VP of James Talcott & Co., to VP of Whiteside Assoc. to finally his own enterprise, Software & Systems Development Co. He was a pioneer in the field of software before most computer dependent millennials were even born.
A “Whistle and a Wink” sparked the attention of a Brooklyn beauty. With “bombs bursting in air”, on July 4, 1951, Tony married his darling Roseann and they became known as “Roe and Toe.”
Their journey transversed from Sheepshead Bay to Staten Island; South Orange, NJ; Murray Hill, NJ; Greenacres, FL; to Milford, NJ; then finally to his real home in heaven.
Anthony and Roseann’s love was blessed with 6 children, Ralph, Loretta, Therese, Joseph, Robert, and Juliette; along with each of their spouses Linda Grauso, Joseph Kling, Dick Kimsey, Matilde Grauso, Leah Grauso and Joseph Rovelli. He was also blessed by one adopted angel, Rita Viola. Anthony’s tribe has grown to 19 grandchildren,18 great grandchildren and 2 more on the way! He is survived by them all along with his wife of 66 years Roseann Grauso and his 2 sisters Josephine Gulmi and Rosemarie Boyd. He has joined into eternity with his sister Carmela Brown.
Anthony is awaiting and preparing, with his Lord, a mansion for his devoted wife, Roseann. Anthony lived a life of love and of victory and died a death without doubt. “Death is swallowed up in victory”, Corinthians 15:54.
All are invited to celebrate Anthony Grauso’s victory at a mass on Monday October 23, 2017 at 3pm. St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 142 Perryville Rd, Hampton, NJ 08827.
Immediately following mass, all are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Life Memorial/ repas’ through 8pm at Mountain View Chalet restaurant, 154 RT. 173, Asbury, NJ 08802. (not Asbury Park).
The Grauso Family gratefully declines flowers and donations, instead asks that you fulfill Thessalonians 5:11… “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another”, just as our dad did.