Francisco Zuniga Villarruel

December 19, 1930June 6, 2018

Francisco Zuniga Villarruel December 19, 1930 – June 6, 2018

Francisco Zuniga Villarruel passed away on June 6, 2018 at the age of 87. He was the loving husband of Amalia A. Villarruel (deceased) for 61 years. He was the proud father of Paul (deceased; Lori), Toni (Chris Reno), Ben (Clare), and Francisco A. (Lori). He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Staci (Jason) Stowe, Amalia, Katee (Joshua) Moore, Carmen and Olivia. He was also blessed with great grandchildren Emily, Jenna, and Abigail Moore and Emilia Stowe. He is survived by his siblings Margarita, Theresa, Elena, and Irene and preceded in death by siblings Carmen and Rafael.

A Funeral Mass for Francisco will be held on July 13, 9:30 am at St. Aidan’s Catholic Church, 17500 Farmington Rd, Livonia, MI 48152.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the Amalia and Francisco Z. Villarruel Fund in support of first-generation nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania and sent to the following address: The Amalia and Francisco Z. Villarruel Fund c/o Ms. Amy Burns, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 418 Curie Blvd; Philadelphia, PA 19104.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing, Michigan

On line condolences may be made at


  • Nemisco Garcia Villarruel, Father
  • Paula Contreras Zuniga Villarruel, Mother
  • Amalia A. Villarruel, Wife
  • Paul (Lori) Villarruel, Son
  • Toni (Chris Reno) Villarruel, Daughter
  • Ben (Clare) Villarruel, Son
  • Francisco A. (Lori) Vallarruel, Son
  • Also surviving to cherish his memory are grandchildren, Staci (Jason), Amalia, Katee (Joshua), Carmen and Olivia and great-grandchildren, Emily, Jenna and Abigail Moore and Emilia Stowe. He is survived by his siblings, Margarita, Theresa, Elena and Irene and preceded in death by siblings, Carmen and Rafael.

  • The Amalia and Francisco Z. Villarruel Fund


  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 13, 2018

Francisco Zuniga Villarruel

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Suzanne Keep (Counsman)

July 5, 2018

Dear Toni - I am sorry to learn of your dad's death. I remember his smile and how proud he was of you in nursing school at Nazareth College. I hope the memories of your dad and mom will comfort you during this time. Take care. Love, Suzanne

Kim Robertson

July 5, 2018

Dear Toni,
I am so sorry to learn about your father's passing. I remember your dad as a kind man with a big heart. I enjoyed sitting around your parents' table, listening to conversation and eating those homemade tortillas.
Love and Peace,

Donna Belgan

July 1, 2018

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your father and wanted to send my deepest sympathy to you and Chris, and your siblings. It has been a long time since we have seen each other, but I wanted to tell you how truly sorry I am to hear of your loss. Time and life have taken us in different directions, but I cherish the fun memories of traveling with you and working at Children's Hospital.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Donna (Nestorowich) Belgan

Cleovis Scott

June 29, 2018

Your parents were two great people who loved one another. They were so proud of each of you and of your accomplishments. Mrs. Villarruel always spoke fondly of her husband and children. Surely they left a legacy of great memories for you. They are united together again. Let their memories comfort you, and be thankful that you had "the best parents in the world."
Cleovis Scott
Assistant Principal (retired)
Chadsey High School