Rosa Cruz

January 28, 1926November 4, 2020

Rosa Cruz was born January 28, 1926 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Born to Leonor and Celestino Abreu. Rosa made her transition to Glory on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Rosa left Puerto Rico at a young age and moved to New York and then eventually moved to Florida where she married Lorenzo Cruz. At the age of 30 they were wed in Florida on April 21, 1956. They moved together to Chicago and from their union had five amazing children: Orlando Cruz, Celia Vazquez (Ramon Vazquez), Jose Cruz (Sally Cruz), Wilbur Cruz (Annette Cruz), Carmen Medina (Ivan Medina).

Rosa was always a praying woman of God who actually had aspirations to become a nun before she was married and started her family. To think, many of us wouldn’t be here if she had pursued that path in her life. But as the woman of faith she was, she trusted God and He ordered her steps. She raised her five children in Chicago, started a successful Puerto Rican restaurant at the age of 50 which blessed so many. Her family, children, grandchildren, community and countless others who were considered family were all impacted by her life because she always had open doors and open arms to love, feed and care for anyone in need. She was one of the strongest, loving, caring and giving women which is why God always blessed her and those lessons of love, compassion, hard work, perseverance and faith leave an immense impact and legacy of love for us all.

She leaves a rich legacy of memories to be cherished by her two remaining siblings, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, God-children and a host of family & friends whom she loved dearly.

Visitation will be held on November 9, 2020 at 9:00 am at Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 West Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL. Chapel Service will be held on November 9, 2020 at 11:30 am at Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 West Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL. Committal Service will be held on November 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL.

With respect to State of Illinois Guidelines of Phase 4 during this time of COVID-19 pandemic, the visitation is limited to 25 people at a time, we ask those attending to please keep one's visit brief to allow all to attend. All visitors entering the funeral home are required to wear a face covering.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorial contribution may be made to ARMY OF THE KIND in memory of Rosa Cruz.

You may still show your support for the family by leaving them a condolence on our website or sending a thoughtful card in care of the family to Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634.

For more info, please call 773-622-9300



  • Visitation

    Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Chapel Service

    Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, November 9, 2020

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Sally Cruz

November 23, 2020

My Suegra🌹...
It was a Blessing to have you in my life. You raised a Boy, and I married a Man. I really loved you! You took me in as my second Mom, when I lost my Mom 30yrs ago. She told me I was her Daughter now. Every time We went to the house, which was almost every Saturday when we lived in Chicago, she always asked? Sally, ¿quieres un café y pan con mantequilla, or galletas. My answer was always yes. We shared some cafe con leche, yummy❣️
She really was a gift to all of us.
I miss you so very much mi Suegra 🌹You helped me with my Rosario. For My Grandmother,
My Mom, and My Dad, My Brother. Ty, for you understood it, you went through it, because you lost your Mom young as well. I will carry you forever in my Heart.
God blessed me with a golden ❤️. She had love for all around her whether near or far. It's just Amazing. Ever so blessed, Ever so Loved, Forever missed & in my Heart forever mi Suegra🌹🌹🌹 🌹🌹❣️❤️🙏💕🌹💋💯❣️

AnaCelis Garcia

November 9, 2020

My beloved Godmother was a second mother to me. She was dedicated to her family and her faith. I remember when I would sleep over and she would wake us up singing 🎶 “Wakeup my People” 🎶 I will miss her dearly and she forever will be in my heart. To the Cruz and Rowland family my deepest condolences.

Monique Mills

November 7, 2020

I will never forget seeing abuelita re-dedicate her life Christ at Corie's church. What courage and strength she displayed in that moment. Praying for the family as they mourn the loss of their matriarch. Blessings and comfort.

Terry sr., Deborah lil Terry and Reina ( wife) and Tacoma Wantroba/Schoenherr family

November 5, 2020

R.I.P. Rosa a wonderful woman we had the pleasure to know well. Nana was a very big hearted lady. She will be missed by many including all of us. We all love you and will miss you deeply Rosa aka (nana) love all of us.


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