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Adela Tomacruz Cruz

October 1, 1918October 15, 2019
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Dr. Adela Tomacruz Cruz also known as Doctora Adeling, age 101, of Los Angeles, California passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. She was born in the Philippines on October 1, 1918. She studied medicine and graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 1943. Doctora Adeling was a former municipal health officer in Baliuag, Bulacan for 29 years and a member of PMA, Bulacan Med. Soc. And Phil. Womens Medical Association. She also helped and comforted numerous people through prayer with her compassionate heart, solid faith and devotion to God.

Some of Doctora Adeling’s favorite things to do were sing, dance, sew, play Mahjong, cook, expand her shoe collection, find great bargains and indulge in delicious food in Chinatown Los Angeles. She had such a kind soul and a playful personality. Her spirit was contagious. You couldn't help but to laugh when she would tell you her funny stories and jokes. She could belt out a tune especially to one of her favorite songs, My Way by Frank Sinatra. She enjoyed parties with her family and friends and knew how to move and groove on the dance floor. Todo Todo! Those hips didn't lie! Her complexion was always so soft, supple and radiant and it wasn't just because of her commitment to Albolene face cream. It was because she was genuinely a happy person who knew how to live simply with prayers, lots of laughs, and plenty of smiles. She was truly content and grateful for the blessings in her life.

Doctora Adeling loved her family dearly. She met her sweetheart, Hernando Cruz also known as Erning, in Baliuag, Bulacan. They married and had four children: Belinda, Hernando Jr., Nora, and Lida. She has nine grandchildren: Roderick, Jamie, Joel, Gina, Donna, Jasmin, Arvin, Adrian, and Arnold. She also has seventeen great grandchildren: Zoe, Roderick Jr., Raegan, Riley, Joanne, Rhia, Ruth, Earl John, Brian, Kristin, Alexander, Donita, Jacob, Jeremiah, Joshua, Gabriel, and Alexandra.

A visitation for Adela will be held Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at GLENDALE FUNERAL HOME, 511 South Central Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204. A rosary service will occur Friday, November 1, 2 op 019 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. A rosary will occur Friday, November 1, 2019 at Glendale Funeral Home, 511 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91204. A funeral mass will occur Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at St. Dominic's Catholic Church, 2002 Mertoni Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041. An interment will occur Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601. A cremation will occur.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.glendalefuneralcares.com for the Cruz family.


  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Adela Tomacruz Cruz

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Richard & Joy McKeehan

November 4, 2019

Hello Grandma Cruz
Joy and I only met you once at your 100th birthday party, we were so honored to share in your birthday celebration. We could tell you were truly loved by your family and friends because so many came to honor your day. Grandma you will be truly missed and we were and ever will honored to have been able to meet you if only for that brief moment in time.
Richard & Joy McKeehan

Joel Cruz

November 3, 2019

Hi Nanay,
I remember when I used to scrub your back when you take a bath...
And plucking your white hair, too...
Unboxing your "pa-ripa" winnings from your mahjong sessions, PX goods as we call it... de -lata...
The spraynet, perfume (Lancome & the like), and lipstick, you can't do without...
I used to sleep between you and Tatay on a "banig" and inside a "kulambo"...
You do not know this but I sometimes use your prescription pad, "recitario", to prescribe medicine to people who are not feeling well and those who have minor wounds, scratches, burns... (I do the diagnosis myself)....
Usually antihypertensives, antihistamines, antibiotics, ointments or cream, cough and cold medicines (that is if we ran out of supply)...
I signed on your behalf... forged your signature...
But the drugstores honored your recitario anyway...
Luckily, I didn't bring harm to anyone...
I was eight or nine then...hehehe...

Thank you for the Love and Care, Nay...
We are going to miss you...
Goodbye for now...
We will meet again... But not yet...
May You and Tatay rest in peace with the Lord...

We Love You...

Joel Cruz

November 1, 2019

Jamie Encarnacion

October 30, 2019

Hi Nanay! Cheekyboom was thinking about you and telling me how she misses your sniffing kisses. I was sharing some memories of you with her.
Remember when we lived on Mar Vista and you would walk Rod and I to the school bus stop every morning? Sometimes we’d stop at the small store on Villa to buy chips and candy. You’d never say no. When it was school picture day, you fixed my hair but it would end up in two bumpy uneven pony tails because of my crazy perm LOL We always went to House of Fabrics when it was on Lake so you could buy fabric and those clothing patterns made of tissue paper that you had to cut out. You had a passion for sewing. I still remember the dresses you made for me. I always watched you writing letters to the Philippines and admired how fast you could fill up a page with your smooth cursive writing. I practiced so I could write just like you. Whenever we walked into the kitchen even in recent years, you would have a panty on your head because that was your hair net while cooking haha! You loved to sing Tiny Bubbles and Pearly Shells while doing the hula dance with me as a little girl and you did the same with Cheekyboom too. Sometimes we’d catch you in your soulful rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My Way. When your hearing was diminishing, you often refused to use a hearing aid because you said it wasn’t sexy LOL!

Thank you for those and many more wonderful memories. It’s those memories that keep you alive in our hearts. We love and miss you Nanay!

Jasmin Cruz

October 24, 2019

Growing up, I remember seeing Nanay with a rosary in hand and a bible by her side every morning; she always started her day with prayer. She would then proceed with the rest of the day either cooking (with a panty hairnet), singing (usually Pearly Shells, Tiny Bubbles, and I Believe), dancing (shoulder roll and all...she especially loved Todo Todo), playing with her organ, sewing, talking on the phone, playing mahjong, going to charismatic at St. Basil, gallivanting with her friends, and praying some more. She was also a jokester with subtle green jokes and flirty swag. Nanay knew how to enjoy and appreciate life while keeping humble.

Nanay taught me a lesson about 5 years ago and it has always stuck with me. She told me to always thank and praise Jesus everyday and at the start of every prayer. She told me that if I do so, everything will be alright.

We love you Nanay.

Jamie Encarnacion

October 20, 2019

My grandma was the best dancer! She could move and groove, boogie oogie oogie, and take you out on the dance floor with her infamous hip thrusts! We love and miss you dearly, Nanay.