Memorial Service for Floyd Agostinelli
||Saturday, April 2, 2005
||St. Francis de Sales Church - 2021 Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington, DC, 20018
A catered reception will follow in the St. Francis de Sales School Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to: "St. Francis de Sales SVDP" at the address above.
Floyd was born in Anaconda, Montana on December 1, 1930 to Italian immigrant
parents. He was the youngest of seven children. Born during a depression
which was followed by World War II, Floyd's early youth was marked both by
the poverty of the depression and the fears of World War II. (Three of
Floyd's older brothers served in combat during WWII.)
At an early age, Floyd became a self-confessed Communist, was very engaged
in "social causes" and was and remained proud of his union membership during
the McCarthy era in the communist alleged International Union of Mine, Mill
and Smelter Workers. Floyd became both the editor of the local Union paper
and a lobbyist for the Union. Floyd hated the Catholic Church with a passion
because he thought the Church always sided with the Anaconda Copper Mining
Co. Deciding to pursue an education, Floyd attended Montana State
University. (Later on, he earned a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a M.A.
degree in Sociology.) While there, Floyd met a Catholic layman and a Priest
who were interested in the same issues as he but were interested in these
issues because they were Catholic. This began Floyd's journey to the St.
Peter Claver Center and back to Catholicism. Floyd moved to Washington, D.C.
in 1955 and joined the St. Peter Claver Center. This was an interracial
friendship house in Washington, D.C., where staff lived interracially (even
during legal segregation) and were paid board, room and $6 a month. Floyd
was and remained also a pacificist, an anti-death penalty advocate, a
freeway opponent and an original DC Statehood member and supporter. He met
and married his lovely wife, Beth Ann Cozzens, an ex-St. Peter Claver Center
staffer, in 1956. Their very happy marriage of 44+ years was blessed by
seven children and 11 grandchildren.
Floyd was very active with the National Catholic Conference for Interracial
Justice (NCCIJ) ending up as one of the six member local representatives of
the six major national sponsors of the 1963 March on Washington. The local
committee was responsible for the arrangements for the original March on
Washington in 1963. Also, through the National Center for Urban Ethnic
Affairs (NCUEA), Floyd developed a capitalization program for "low income"
credit unions and helped develop the new model for the Community Development
Credit Union (CDCU) which became an official credit union charter of the
National Credit Union Administration. Over a period of six years, Floyd
stimulated the deposits of over $5 million in nonmember deposits in
Community Development Credit Unions. On September 14, 1991, Floyd became
ordained as a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington. For both Floyd and
Beth Ann, this was an added blessing to them.
Throughout most of his life, Floyd tried to do what he saw as God's work on
earth. In this work, his lovely wife Beth Ann was always there with him. It
was Beth Ann's unqualified love and concern that enabled Floyd to do so many
things in his lifetime. For Floyd, Beth Ann made his life worth living. As
his wife before him, Floyd has donated his body to the Howard University
School of Anatomy. Floyd is survived by Damien; Peter, his wife Sandy, their
3 children Dominic, Teneisha and Kenny; Paula, her children Leah and Jordan;
Gregory, his wife Jeri; Andrew; Sharon's two sons Forest and Floyd;
Ann-Marie, her husband James, their 4 children James Chigungu, Maurin,
Bethann and Paul.
For more information, visit http://www.agostinellifamily.com.