Francisca Cruz

May 11, 1926April 26, 2021

On April 26,2021, in the early morning hour at 3am, Francisca Cruz Porrata left her family peacefully in her sleep . She was born and baptized in Caguas, Puerto Rico and graduated from high school. Immediately afterwards, she worked for a time as a pharmacist apprentice. When she was 18, Francisca moved to New York City. She met and married the love of her life, Marcelo Porrata, in the lower east side of New York City. They were married for 62 years. She loved to dress beautifully and always did her best to look like a 1950’s model. Francisca had the gift of turning any Puerto Rican dish she cooked into a work of art. Family members from far and wide still remember her mouth-watering chicken and rice, “arroz con pollo.” She would bake cakes from scratch and always made family gatherings extra special. Guests were always welcomed at our home as family and would always leave with a bag of her delicious food. She had a unique way of turning sad moments around and making us laugh and had the best sense of humor. Her favorite thing was when one would say, “What a pity” in Spanish: “Ay” “Bendito” and she would add, “Platano frito,” (fried plantain) because it rhymed. This would inevitably lighten the mood. Francisca, was the kindest, most loving mother anyone could ever wish for. She always knew when something was troubling one of her children. Her knowing how to support and deliver kind words to ease hurts was one of her best qualities. She would discipline you one moment and in the next sit down and turn the situation into a helpful learning experience. Everyone admired her resilience and fortitude to be able to care for her husband's elderly aunt for 36 years, never once complaining about her difficult task. Francisca was a whiz at words and vocabulary and during her 5 year stay in New York City with her daughter, Luisa, was seen to often finish an entire Words Search book in 3 to 4 days. In time, she grew tired and gave up the books for occasional games of dominoes. She had a love for life and would chuckle playing dominoes with her children and Daniel, her youngest grandchild. She would block everyone's moves, laugh and win nearly all the time. Francisca enjoyed watching daily shows of the Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal. She prided herself on having her hair combed beautifully and also loved her collection of shoes and sandals. She loved music and never missed an opportunity to dance a meringue with her husband, Marcelo. He would always make her laugh with his funny way of dancing to one side only. She called their dance the “Meringazo.” In Puerto Rico, upon their return to the island to live, she and her husband, would spend much of their mornings on their patio. They loved to watch the various birds come to the feeders. Her favorite were the hummingbirds/colibries. Francisca was ever so proud of being able to love and cuddle her 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Right before she made her journey "home," she learned of her 7th great grandchild on the way. Francisca is preceded by her husband, Marcelo Porrata. She is survived by her daughter, Luisa Porrata, a retired Nursing Professor and her partner, Deirdra Kearney, an Interfaith Minister; her son Raymond Porrata, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and his wife, Jean Porrata, a high school Teacher; 5 grandchildren: Nichole Peringer, her husband Patrick and their 4 children; Nathan Porrata, his wife Angela and their 2 children, Jason Porrata and his wife Leah who is expecting their first baby and the 2 youngest grandsons, Jared Porrata and Daniel Porrata, youngest sons of Raymond and Jean Porrata, as well as a host of loving family and friends.


  • CHI Hospice


  • A Private Family Celebration of Life Service will take place at a later date, Inurnment at a later date


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Deirdra Kearney

May 4, 2021

I first had the pleasure of meeting Francisca Cruz Porrata when her daughter Luisa graduated from Nursing school in 1970. She was unfailingly sweet and gracious and told me, “You can call me, ‘Paquita.’”
Years later, I was invited to stay with her and her family at their home in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. One day, sitting alone with her in the living room, I began to regale her with tales of my “reincarnated” lives. I had just finished telling her about my life as a Spanish bullfighter. “In this life,” I said, in complete honesty, “the women all loved to watch me as I twirled and turned in the bullfighter’s ring.” She looked at me, in silence, with a super-serious expression. Then, she began to laugh. She laughed, then shouted, until tears ran down her cheeks. Years later, every time we would meet, she never failed to burst into laughter and grab my hand in greeting.
Enjoy your reunion with the angels, my sweet Paquita. You will be forever missed.

Joyce Alfino

April 29, 2021

Luisa Porrata and I went to our R.N. nursing program together at Beth Israel Medical Center School NYC. Luisa's Mami became my second Mother. She adopted me, loved me, fed me and listened to me. She always had a smile for her two Nursing student girls. I thank thank her for encouraging her "two girls" to become excellent RNs as we did. Our success as professional nurses is a reflection of her love and encouragement. Mami Porrata will be missed and fondly remembered. Vaya con dios.

Your other daughter... Joyce Alfino

Maribel Porrata Vazquez

April 29, 2021

We will miss you Titi!! Thank You for your love to all of us!! We will always remember you. Love You! Rest in the peace of God!🙌🙏💖

Maribel, José and Arianna
Rivera-Porrata Family

And your favorite Beautician, your niece Letty , Husband and family ❤

Nerida Madine

April 28, 2021

Jim and I use to visit PR every winter. Louisa told us her mother visited Plaza Las America daily. So Jim and I went to see her. There she was. He asked to take her picture and sent it to Louisa. He then introduced me as his wife Nery. Whenever I called her I was Jim's wife and recieved her most welcomed "Dios te bendiga". Miss you already. RIP Mami.