John & Maureen Ruggiero

Obituary of John & Maureen Ruggiero

John and Maureen Ruggiero Wife, mother, teacher, and avid gardener, Maureen Ruggiero passed away on July 12th with her husband of 63 years by her side. Husband, father, counselor, and a passionate craftsman hobbyist, John left this earth on August 3rd. We mourn them together, as they were never apart.


Maureen was a schoolteacher for many years, but her love was family, home, and her garden. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Maureen was enrolled at Oswego State College where John was also a student. After marriage and three children, John and Maureen moved to Tempe, Arizona, where John earned his master’s degree in social work. A career move for John to Wisconsin took the family away from Arizona for some years, but they returned to settle in the Verde Valley near Maureen’s family, where they eventually retired and built their dream home in Camp Verde. They lived and worked in the Verde Valley for 43 years.


John and Maureen are survived by their children: Athene Lollman, Cecilia Stephens, and TJ Ruggiero; their grandchildren, Cassie Chandler, Joshua Lollman, Gary Stephens, Tristan Ruggiero, and Nick Ruggiero; and their great grandchildren, Aspen Chandler and Logan Chandler. 

John is also survived by his brothers Michael Ruggiero and Richard Ruggiero. Maureen is survived by her sister Mary Garrison.

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