Augustini, Joseph A.

October 21, 1938 - November 16, 2020

Joseph A. Augustini, 82, of Allen, Texas, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, due to complications from contracting Covid-19.

He was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Olean, NY, to parents Florence (Franzi) and John Augustini Sr. He graduated from Olean High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1956 to 1960, where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He served in the reserves when he returned home. He married Jane (Reynolds) Augustini on Aug. 19, 1960, and they celebrated their 60th anniversary a few months before his death. He was a longtime insurance salesman and broker until he retired in 1996. He was a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo and taught the martial art in the Houston area for many years.

Joe relished life and often joked around with others. The sound of his warm, booming laugh was almost guaranteed when in his presence. He enjoyed being with family, swimming and the beach, practicing Taekwondo, playing poker and chess, going to the horse races, listening to music, singing, and eating pasta. He also loved watching westerns, “Columbo,” “The Rockford Files,” “Frazier” and “Star Trek” on TV. He’d get excited when a new “Star Wars” film was released. He had a passion for mathematics and the cosmos and often read books on the subjects. He was fascinated by Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and Stephen Hawking’s look into black holes. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Joe is survived by his loving wife Jane; daughters, Tammy (Les) Bird of LaPorte, Texas, and Gina (Kent) Best of Plano, Texas; son, Mark (Melissa) Augustini of Tennessee; sister, Mary Augustini of Philadelphia; brother, Carmen of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; eight grandchildren, Jason Currey of Wichita Falls, Texas, David Augustini of Allen, Texas, Amber O’Brien of Wichita Falls, Texas, Jake Augustini of Charleston, S.C., Tiffany Rodriguez of LaPorte, Texas, Emily Augustini of Galveston, Texas, Joseph Augustini of Boise, Idaho, and Annelise Best of Plano, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Rosie Augustini Mills; and brothers, John Jr., Anthony, Larry and Frank Augustini.

A funeral mass is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 N. Greenville Ave. in Allen, TX, 70052. Due to Covid restrictions and precautions, masks will be required at the service, seating will be at safe distances, and there will not be a reception following the mass. The service will be live streamed for those unable to physically attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations in Joe’s name to Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas, or Catholic Charities.


7 replies on “Augustini, Joseph A.”

Karen Short says:

Gina my sincere condolences to you and your family. Mr. Augustini will be missed. I loved his smile and how he would tell a joke when you least expect it.

Joseph Mark Augustini says:

I’m honored to carry his name forward. I will do my best to make it there. Thank you for honoring him. ❤

Katherine Acu says:

Even though I didn’t see much of you when I was growing up I am so glad that I was able to see you about five years ago I enjoyed visiting with you. I am so sorry to hear that you have left us I know you are in a better place and not suffering any more. I know you are enjoying your time with the rest of the family. I know that the rest of the family is strong but my heart goes out to all of you guys. I will keep all of you in my prayers every day. Love you guys ❣️ your cousin Kathy

Betty Parks says:

I know you will always feel comforted with his vibrant spirit at your side.

Cary Augustini says:

Uncle Joe…though it was tears since I saw you, it seems like yesterday since you were pouring cold spaghetti sauce on our noodles!!! You were always happy and positive, traits hard to ring in some, but never in you! Godspeed Uncle! I pray you’ve found peace and happiness in the ever after. xoxo

Gina Augustini Best says:

It’s two weeks ago today that we lost you to Covid-19 complications, Papa. We miss you so much, but we’re thankful you’re not suffering anymore. You fought valiantly. I know you’re happy being reunited with Grandma, Uncle Johnny, Uncle Tony, Aunt Rosie, Uncle Larry, and Uncle Frank. Bet you guys are enjoying great food, lots of songs, and endless rounds of poker games. (Like I always say, my money’s on Aunt Rosie!) One day we’ll see you again. Save a seat at the table for us, Papa. Love you always. xoxo — Gina

Jeff Gaspar says:

I trained with Joe for many years in good old Pasadena Texas. He was a great kind, strong man who loved sharing his martial arts and keeping Master Kims martial arts alive. I lost contact with Joe in the late 90’s and often thought of him and failed to reconnect. I am sorry to hear about his passing and wish his family peace. I will pray for Joe and his family and will honor him on all Souls day. May the peace of the Lord be with Joe and his family always. Jeff his student and friend.

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