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Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1655 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL

OBITUARY

Lydia Cruz

September 9, 1933March 16, 2020
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Cruz, Lydia, 86, of Coral Springs, went to be with the Lord March 16, 2020. Lydia was born September 9, 1933 in Utuado, Puerto Rico to the late Juan and Estebania (Perez) Galarza. Lydia enjoyed sewing very much. It allowed her to create something from nothing, for example dolls, pillows and clothing. She was always cooking for family and friends. Feeding others was her way to give selflessly to others. She was always laughing and joking with friends and family. She came to the mainland when she was 15 and encouraged other family members to join her. In 1974 she and her husband moved to Coral Springs after trying several other cities. She always wanted her family to live near each other. Lydia was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Cruz Sr. on July 12, 2019. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Catherine Cruz (Daryll Zelke), son, Joseph Cruz Jr., granddaughter, Melissa Diaz, brothers, Domingo (Iridia) Galarza, Juan (Mickey) Galarza, Anibel (Aida) Galarza, Wilfredo Galarza, sisters, Carmen (Richie) Salvadore, Helen (Ed Lamb) Martin. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:00 - 8:00pm at Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:00am at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 9950 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs. Entombment with her husband will immediately follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, North Lauderdale.

  • FAMILY

  • Catherine Cruz (Daryll Zelke), Daughter
  • Joseph Cruz Jr., Son
  • Melissa Diaz, Grandchild
  • Domingo Galarza (Iridia), Brother
  • Juan Galarza (Mickey), Brother
  • Anibel Galarza (Aida), Brother
  • Wilfredo Galarza, Brother
  • Carmen Salvadore (Richie), Sister
  • Helen Martin (Ed Lamb), Sister
  • Joseph Cruz Sr., Husband (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Entombment Friday, March 20, 2020

Memories

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Cathy Cruz

April 1, 2020

Catherine Cruz

April 1, 2020

Mom was so creative! She would make the nicest slipcovers and curtains and pillows and all sorts of things, she was much like her Mother Mita who was a talented designer and sewer of her own clothes and sewed many adorable dresses for my Daughter. Here are some nice slip Covers she recently made for the 2 French chairs in the living room.

Melissa Diaz

April 1, 2020

This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, because words don't really do you justice; you're much more of a feeling or a color. Your spirit brought magic and love everywhere you went. You are my favorite person in the world and have taught me so much about improvising, creativity, and inventions! Your hugs were the best, felt so good, healing like. You cared for everyone that happened upon your world. I knew that you would do anything for me and really anyone you love. I am deeply sorry I didn't spend more time with you after grandpa passed. The sadness of you being gone is so deep, I can't really dwell on it, or I may never get out. Instead, I choose to follow your lessons and continue to create in your name. Love you so much, Mom.

-Melicita

catherine Cruz

March 30, 2020

Mom made the best Cakes and Pies! Especially Banana Cream Pie!

Elaine Salvadore

March 25, 2020

Warm hugs and kisses, wonderful laughs, delicious food, the hub of family reunions, and plenty of love is what comes to mind when I think of my Aunt Lydia. She was such a loving and caring person, the world was a better place with her in it. We will miss you dearly.

Jasmine Galarza

March 23, 2020

Familia, Im so sorry for our loss. I remember titi Lydia when I was a little girl. We used to travel every year to Florida and always visited the family. She always welcomed us in her home with warmth and happiness. She was very polite, attentive and like we puertorrican say: "alcahueta" with everyone and makes us feel like home. I will never forget her. She lives in our hearts and memories. May she rest in peace with our Father in heaven and our mother the Virgin Mary. I pray to God to give you all strength and comfort in these times of loss. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏼 love you familia. 😘❤

Cathy Cruz

March 22, 2020

Mom I will never forget so many of the fun talks and laughs we had. I can remember when you came to NY for Melissa's Graduation and we stayed in her apartment on that uncomfortable Futon. We had so much fun and got so silly and loud and couldn't stop giggling! Melissa your loving Granddaughter scolded us to please keep it down as she was writing her Thesis in the other room, we were like two silly Teenagers! I will miss you so much, you are my other half and I will do my best to take care of Joey and the family, never as good as you though! I Love you more then I could ever express!❤

Melissa Diaz

March 22, 2020

Mom, you are my best friend and confidant I could always rely on you for everything. I feel as though you were 100% devoted and I want to thank you for all that you have done for us and this family. Your tireless efforts of always taking care of someone right from a child, your brothers, sisters, husband, kids, mother, dad's mother, granddaughter, nieces, nephews and anyone else, will not be forgotten. I am in shock that you have joined Dad in heaven and all suffering is over. I love you mom, more then you will ever know. You gave me everything love could give.

I will miss our silly times of laughter and stories, but someday, we will be together again. In Jesus name, Amen. Love you mom.

-Cathy

Melissa Diaz

March 22, 2020

Melissa Diaz

March 22, 2020

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