Florence “Sweet Pea” Grous, (nee Walker), 76, of Mullica Hill, NJ passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2013. Cherished wife of Philip P. Grous, treasured mother of Carolyn (John) Griffin of Maple Shade, NJ, Paul J. (Beth) Grous of Sudbury, MA, Alice (Bill) Kapustiak of Valrico, FL, and Gerald (Lorraine) Grous of Phoenixville, PA. Proud Granny of Kate, Billy, Patrick, Kristen, Gregory, Daniel, Jennifer, Madeleine, Caroline, Eleanor, Addison, Brian and Anne. Great Granny of Anthem and Harlow. Dear sister of Eileen Ridgway, William Walker, Barbara Walker, Regina Waters and Marie Scanlon. Predeceased by her parents William and Frances (Connell) Walker, and siblings Frances Schenck, Joseph Walker and Jane Furlong.
Viewing Monday Nov. 11, 2013 at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Parish Center, 17 Earlington Ave., Mullica Hill, NJ, from 9 to 10:45 am. Funeral Mass will be celebrated immediately following. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rutgers University Foundation in support of the Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship Fund, to be awarded annually to a nursing student, Attention: Martha L. Bahamon, Rutgers School of Nursing, 65 Bergen Street, Suite 110, Newark, NJ 07107-3001.
Thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family at www.FertigFuneralHome.com
FLORENCE GROUS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Mom was in the hospital for the past few weeks, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) and the Emergency Room (ER). The nurses that provided Mom’s constant care was simply amazing. These nurses have such an intense and difficult job to do, and yet, they come in every day and provide attentive and compassionate care to those who need it the most. Our family was so inspired by their dedication to their profession. It was truly impressive, and it wasn’t just a few nurses, it was every single one of them. We made it a point to thank every one of them, but we can’t thank them enough. We have all of their names and will be writing letters of appreciation to every one of these unsung heroes of our society.
To honor Mom and these amazing women and men, we are honored to establish the “Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship”, to be awarded annually to a nursing student who is about to dedicate their working lives to the nursing profession, just like those RN’s that took such tremendous care of Mom in her time of need.
We desire the scholarship to be given to a local student who is nearing the completion of their studies. Rutgers School of Nursing students rotate through Kennedy Hospital as part of their training. We contacted the School of Nursing and they are establishing and administering the scholarship fund. Applicants will be asked to write a short essay explaining why they chose nursing as a profession. Our family will help select the recipient and be invited to the award ceremony each Spring to present the award to a deserving student.
So, in lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to Rutgers University Foundation in support of the “Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship Fund“.
For donations to be properly applied to the fund, be sure to make checks payable to “Rutgers University Foundation” and write “School of Nursing-Florence Grous Memorial scholarship Fund” in the memo line. Mail donations to: Attention: Martha L. Bahamon, Rutgers School of Nursing, 65 Bergen Street, Suite 110, Newark, NJ 07107-3001. Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a donation receipt. Check with your company to see if they will match your donation.
We thank you for considering a contribution now and in the future.
Every nurse was tremendous, but there were two in particular, Sarah and Vicky, who went so far beyond their nursing duties, we were so touched by their compassion. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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