Blanca Iris Cruz

Blanca Iris Cruz, a longtime resident of the Bronx, died on March 29, 2021. She was 71.


Ms. Cruz was born on December 26, 1949 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to the late Pedro Hernandez and Carmen Moran. She is survived by her daughters, Yesenia Cruz and  Naomi Cruz-Akua; her sons, Miguel Cruz, Jose Ocasio, and Michael Hernandez; and her sisters, Beatrice Valentin and Yolanda Hernandez; her grandchildren, Sebastian Mathew Negron, Jazzly Negron, Hassan Akua, Tylee Castro, Willie Castro, Nailah Iris Akua, Lucas Hernandez,  and Julian Cruz; and her great grandchild King Angel Messiah Galicia.


Visiting will be Thursday 4-8pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends who wish to attend the visitation virtually may do so by clicking the following link at any time during the visiting hours Cruz Virtual Visitation  Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10am at Our Lady of Solace Church, 731 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Interment will follow at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx.



  1. Virginia Rivera (Titi Vicky) on April 7, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    I am devastated to hear of my dearest and beloved former sister-in-law’s passing. Blanca was more than a sister-in law, she was my sister. As children we grew up together, my parents and Blanca’s parents were close friends and god parents to each other’s children. Blanca was my son Jimmy’s Godmother. We are all devastated by her loss. My condolences, goes out to the rest of the family! Gone too soon…”Rest In Peace Our Angel”!

  2. Joel on April 7, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    I love you Mama, we all coming together in the next days to celebrate you. You continue to bring us together <3 forever we will live in your love.

  3. Sorys Acevedo on April 7, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Even though I only met you a few times, you were so kind and loving and an absolute joy to be around. You leave a wonderful legacy behind. I am humbled by the love and the way they have embraced my family and I. You will be missed.

  4. Jullian Cruz on April 7, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I will miss my Grandma dearly! Although I didn’t know how to say your name yet, you always made me smile when you sang, “Que linda manita” to me on FaceTime, even while you were at the hospital. My mommy and daddy promise to make sure you stay in my memory. I wish I had more time with you but I know you watch over me with the angels. I love you Grandma.

    • Jacqueline Hidalgo on April 7, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      It was a pleasure meeting you , sharing family time with you and having our families unite through my sister Jasmin and Mike’s marriage.
      You definitely made a mark in my life for being such a kind and giving person.
      I will miss my dancing partner but I know God has plans for you! I trust you are in good hands. 😉 RIP Blanca and my condolences to Blanca’s adult children, family members and lifelong friends.

  5. Diana Russ O’Reilly on April 7, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Naomi and family. I’m so very sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always smiling when I was in her company. Please know I share in your sorrow. May she Rest In Peace.

  6. Moyo Smith on April 7, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    My condolences, prayers and love goes out to the entire Cruz family …. Blanca was always a loving mother, grand mother ,aunt , sister a kind and happy spirited person .. She will always be in my memories , my heart is saddened by her lost however she will FOREVER be with us in Spirit Love you Blanca

  7. Miguel cruz on April 7, 2021 at 6:32 pm


  8. Carmen J Diaz Espada on April 7, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    We are all so heart broken for your loss, for our loss……She truly was a blessing and a sweet heart who touched everyone’s heart just by being Blanca….She will greatly be missed and will always be in our heart’s …..We love you cuz…..May you R.I.Paradise

  9. Judy Cruz (Titi Judy) on April 8, 2021 at 9:31 am

    She was an amazing mother and made everyone around her smile. She was my sister Mari’s Comai, if that’s how it’s spelled. She would’ve gotten a kick outta this. She was Mari’s BEST friend. I shared many moments with her and her children and a better person for knowing her. My sister feels an emptiness that I cannot fill. Her children are loss for words and feel unimaginable pain. I send all of you my condolences and through all this pain try to remember the unbelievable mother, grandma, titi, friend she was to so many!!! Blanca you will be remembered for the person you were. Happpppppy, beautiful and kind!!! May God forever hold you tight!! Love ❤️ Judy

  10. Sheena mcclymont on April 8, 2021 at 9:35 am

    A mother’s love is alive forever. My deepest condolences to the family my heart aches for you during this time of great sadness.I am thinking about the family and sending lots of love

  11. Raul Rolon Jr. on April 8, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Blanca was a mom to many of us. I have known Blanca my entire life and she was also my other mom. The loss of Blanca cannot be measured in words. Heaven just gained a saint. The Rolon Family wants to extend our deepest condolences.

    The Rolon Family.

  12. Eva Maria Cruz on April 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

    When losing someone special we always say they gained their wings.. they have become an Angel. I believe you escaped from heaven once upon a time because you were an Angel here on earth. My times with you weren’t as long as everyone else but whenever I was around you I enjoyed your wonderful Presences! You had a soft and loving energy all of the time! Your hugs and talks were always sincere. You gave everyone around you a sense of peace! Your seeds and their seeds knew they could count on you on any given day! No other like you titi Blanca!! You will forever live in our hearts ♥️!! Love you sweet Angel!

  13. Mari Romero on April 8, 2021 at 10:22 am

    My dearest friend…
    You never saidI’m leaving, you never said goodby, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why.
    A million time’s I needed you, a million times I’ve cried, if love alone could have saved you, you would have never passed.
    In life I love you dearly, in death I love you more, in my heart I hold a place, that only you can have…

    I miss you …

  14. John on April 8, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    My heart goes out to the whole family especially Mikey who I love like a son. Blanca and I and had a special dance a few years ago we all knew she was going though a lot of changes in her life but for that one night we dance our asses off sorry for the wrong words but we did she laugh some much that’s the Blanca I will remember I have pictures of that night. I will cherish them. We will all miss you so dearly. Especially mari. God bless the entire family. my she rest in peace.

  15. Migdalia Moran Morales on April 8, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    My beautiful cousin, God have you in glory.

    My condolences and blessings to her children, sisters, grandchildren and other family. I am very sorry for the loss of her. God help you accept the loss.

    With love
    Migdalia Morán

  16. Nelson Calderon on April 8, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    you will be highly missed my dear cousin Iris. But one thing I do know is that your are in the presence of the Lord. You are in paradise with many of our families. Love you. Peace from the Lord to the entire family.

    Nelson and Elsie

  17. Analia Torres on April 8, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you Titi Blanca for being you! You were more than my aunt you were a second mother, mi madrina. Rest In Peace my Queen, the heavens gained a true warrior and angel on earth. I love you until we dance again.

    Love Analía and family.

  18. Danny & Veronica on April 8, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Live and prayers to the family

  19. Bridgette Flores on April 10, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Dear Naomi and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May god continue to comfort you in the days ahead.
    With love,
    Bridgette and Michael Flores

Leave a Comment