Obituary and Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship


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.


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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.


Obituary will appear in the Philadelphia Inquirer and South Jersey Times on Saturday and Sunday.

2 thoughts on “Obituary and Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship”

  1. In all my years of nursing, your family touched my heart deeply with your loyalty to your mom, and your dad’s loyalty as well. Through your deep grief, you continually lit up whenever a staff member walked into the hospital room to check in on mom, and visit the family. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of the care of your mom, and get to know your family so well. Your true kindness was displayed when mom’s medals/sacramentals were lost, and our hearts were truly with you. Even now, Dean is still trying to follow through in the retrieval of your precious medals/sacramentals; I know you’ve touched his heart as well. Here all along, it was bitter sweet for me, I learned that me and mom even went to the same Catholic High School / Little Flower. The Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship Fund is just proof enough of how special you are to have worked to put this together during your time of grief. All mom’s pain, and discomforts are over, I’m sure God in his goodness spared her from further pain, by taking her when he did. She is safely home with Jesus, and at peace forever, in his everlasting light. He came himself to meet he at the bedside, that’s why she didn’t even gasp…….very peaceful, she went into the light. Just continue to pray for God’s will, continue to trust in him, the way you have. No time is every a good time to lose mom or dad. But one day, you will all experience the joy of reuniting and seeing each other, and your outlook on death from here on in will not be grim, because you know you will see her in the light, and how happy she will be to hold you in her arms once again. She will hug each and everyone of you so tight. She’s in a beautiful peaceful place…she’s an angel looking over you and your life will be different, you’ll feel her every single day. We all will remember you at Kennedy, your family truly made a hugh difference. Mom’s photo is placed at different locations of our unit, and her obituary as well. Please feel free to call us at any time, whenever you need us. Love Vicky Vega


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