Virginia Arango Calvino

January 5, 1941February 22, 2021

Virginia A. Calvino, 80, passed away on February 22, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Virginia was born in the Republic of Panama on January 5, 1941; daughter to the late Alfredo Arango Amaya and Corina Henriquez de Arango, she was the youngest of 11 children. Virginia is survived by her husband of 59 years, Brother Knight Ruben Calvino, Sr., children, Ruben Calvino, Jr. and wife Imelda Rodriguez; Gina Calvino and husband Jose Salas; Raphael Calvino and wife Susie Calvino; Ricardo Calvino and wife Suzanne Cortez; and Ramsey Calvino and wife Amy Mandel. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, one great-grandson, 6 sisters, 39 nieces and nephews in the United States and abroad.

Family was the most important thing in the world to Virginia. At family gatherings you would either find her dancing or socializing with her children and grandchildren. Virginia loved traveling with her husband Ruben, they took many trips with their friends and fellow parishioners overseas. She also really enjoyed getting dressed up and going out to different functions with Ruben at The Knights of Columbus. Virginia was a talented artist and an active member of the Austin community and her church. At her home church, St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Oak Hill, she was a Eucharistic Minister, a volunteer in various community and elderly ministries, and a participant in many prayer groups. Virginia and Ruben spent Sunday mornings administering the Eucharist to homebound parishioners. As a member of the HUGS Ladies Group at the Oak Hill Methodist Church, Virginia helped make neck coolers and Christmas packages for the troops in Afghanistan. She also spent many years visiting residents at the Stonebridge Nursing Home. Virginia loved studying languages and the arts. She studied French and was fluent in English, Spanish, and American and Spanish Sign Language. These skills allowed her to volunteer her time at The Austin Symphony Square Children’s Day at the Park, the Austin School for Deaf where she taught Spanish Sign Language, and as an instructor at various recreation centers in the Austin area. Virginia’s artwork was exhibited at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas in Austin, the Laguna Gloria Arts Museum, and other places in Austin. Her artwork was also exhibited abroad in Puerto Rico and in Aruba. While living in Aruba, she illustrated the cover for the book Mi Bida y Aids by Ruben Odorr.


16 April

Memorial Mass

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

4800 Convict Hill Rd
Austin, TX 78749


Virginia Arango Calvino

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Bill & Elizabeth Pratt

March 15, 2021

We love all of you. Virginia was a very special and spiritual person. She was always good to Bill and I. Our friendship began more than 30 years ago. We have the best times in Puerto Rico. We are always going to keep her in our hearts and in our memories.

Bill & Elizabeth Pratt

Monica Arango

March 14, 2021

Tia Nina was a beautiful, strong and caring woman. I enjoyed every each moment when we talked, she gave me many advices and makes me laugh many times. She was a kind of person that give you peace, a free and beautiful spirit. I will miss her a lot. ❣

Stephanie Calvino

March 12, 2021


You were the only grandmother I've ever had, that made you more special to me than you already are. I have so many great memories with you from warm summer nights eating your delicious rice puding and gardening in the back yard, to cold winter days where the warmest part of Christmas weekend was our late night tea sipping in the kitchen.

Your work with the Austin Symphony never felt like work, when we went to see you at festivals it always felt like playtime and summer, like your sun-kissed hair blowing in the wind as you taught people how to grow and love through your art. You really loved to help others and it brought out the best in you.

I'll always remember our mornings where you would condition and comb my long, thick hair and show me how to care for myself. You were always using a conditioner no longer found in grocery stores and the room always smelled of vanilla and lavender. When I smell those scents, I think of you and our time together over these 27 years. Thank you for the memories, I will always treasure them.

I miss you and wish you eternal bliss in Heaven.



Nora Durling Ott

March 12, 2021

I had not seen Nina since I left Panama in 1958. She was the sister of my brother-in-law, married to my sister Virginia
As children Nina, her sister Marielena and I played together
I remember her fondly and wish to send my deepest condolences to all her family

Nora D Ott

Marie Chaudhari

February 26, 2021

My dear friend, is so hard to write this! You & I have been friends for so long! 20 yrs + having met at a ladies of charity meeting in Austin. We have had a lot of fun over the years!
Birthday lunches, volunteering together, drive to Blanco, having Indian tea, the time you & Ruben drove out to Fredericksburg & we had a nice lunch & visit & just having a good time!

I will miss you dearly, my friend! But I know you are in a better place with the Good Lord above!
To Ruben & family, I extend my deepest condolences & sympathy! You will be in my prayers!

Carol Mandel

February 25, 2021

Unfortunately Tim and I did not have the opportunity to get to know Virginia well as we live in Connecticut, but she and Ruben invited us to a lovely dinner at their home on one of our trips to Austin. We also met at Ramsey’s 40th birthday party where she gave me a beautiful gift of a prayer shawl to aid in my fight against cancer. I still sleep with it each night and think of her. Rest In Peace, Virginia. You will be missed by many.

Alicia Whitaker

February 25, 2021

My dear friend, Virginia. I will miss you very much. You left too soon my friend. We had much more to talk and laugh about with each other. God had other plans and I have already talked to Him about His timing, but alas, my friend, I know you will tell Him how to run heaven, make a few changes here and there but we both know better and trust Him with all our heart. I will smile with the good memories of our volunteer work with the HUGS ladies which was always a lot of fun, our love of sharing the Eucharist with the Homebound, say hello to Mac, meals, children, events, and the list goes on. Now you are with God and what a joy that must be ... but not for us left behind ... so until we meet again, I look forward to catching up with you. I know you will have more stories to share with me. My sincere condolences to Ruben, her children, and all of her family and friends who are missing her. Alicia Cantu Whitaker