Nancy Cruz, a longtime resident of the Bronx, died on May 9, 2024.

Ms. Cruz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to beloved parents Roberto Cruz and Antonia Cruz Ayala. She is the youngest sister to Noa Cruz, an artist, Mayra Cruz teacher, Master Sergeant Carlos Cruz, retired USAF. and Cristobal Cruz, consultant. She is the beloved sister-in-law to Julie Cruz and Janet Cruz, aunt to Christopher Cruz, Elizabeth (Cruz) Russo married to Michael Russo and great aunt to Halina Russo.

Nancy was loved by her many friends, whom became family and are now grieving from her passing. The Namanworth Family: Barry, Andy, Vicky, & Dalia. The Paleteyev Family: Oleg, Lora, Katia, Andrey & Alex. The Bernhardt Family, Minnie & Shawn. Selma & Max. and the entire Sinai Congregation. The Free Synagogue. Chee Wok & Family. The Marcano family: Michael, Zulma, and Richard. Julia Segura. Our Co-op City neighbors and friends, whom took time to interact with her when we were seeing together, and of course Bartola. Petro & Petrilla, whom entertained Nancy with a happy child glee. God had sent many friends into her life which gave her joy and comfort. Nancy was blessed to have all these people in her life. Our family is also blessed to have you friends and neighbors in our life, you gave us strength, we are truly grateful and we thank you for your support during our times of need.

Nancy was an artist, a singer, a scholar at New York University, and a graduate of Lehman College. A true devoted catholic, who love and believed in God and the church. She loved to attend church mass even through her illness, pain, and discomforts. Her devotion to the church to give praise to God and his Infinite Love had definitely provided her with comfort at her time of need.

Nancy was a devoted follower of St Nicholas Tolentine Catholic Church, in the Bronx, New York. Nancy was a member of the “Cursillista”, the choir group of the church. She loved to sing with the “Cursillistas”, it was her contribution to the church and parishioners, to hear her voice through the hymns. Nancy would speak, console, and pray “The Gospel of Christ”, for the forgiveness of sins, with other parishioners.

Nancy was involved and attentive to people that had similar struggles and sufferings. She was a unique and caring individual to her friends and strangers. She would support organizations that provided care for the needy through her donations.

Nancy endured her challenges and hardships with the faith of God. She had a strong will to live, she loved life, she wanted to be helpful, she loved people, she had many friends, she was loved, she had happiness, and she had family/families.

She was a major part in our lives, we would not be the people we are now without her in our in our family. Nancy will always be in our heart, never forgotten always remembered, and will always be celebrated for the kind and wonderful person she was and loved.

We will miss you Nancy, but you are not alone you are with “Las Dos Abuela, y Papi”, we will wait for the day that we will all be together. She is now our family Saint at the side of God in Heaven.

Nancy you are now at peace, your suffering has ended. You are in the care of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, Amen.

Visiting will be Tuesday, May 21 from 3-8pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, May 22 at 10am at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 2345 University Avenue, Bronx. Interment will follow at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx.



  1. Sandra Edwards on May 20, 2024 at 4:05 pm

    Cris, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your dear sister. I pray that the memories you shared in happier times will help you through this difficult time.


    • Cris Cruz on May 21, 2024 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you very much Sandy, and yes it does help.

  2. Doina on May 21, 2024 at 2:47 pm

    Dear Cris and family,
    My sincere condolences! May she rest in peace…

  3. Joseph Pell Lombardi on May 21, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    Cris, your family is in the thoughts of everyone in the Lombardi office. We all share in sending our sympathy and condolences. Sincerely, Joe Lombardi

  4. Mary ODonoghue on May 22, 2024 at 7:29 am

    Our deepest sympathies to Cris, Julie, and the extended Cruz family on your very sad loss. Thinking also of Nancy’s mother as she endures the brutal pain of burying a child.

    Mary and Neil Gering

  5. Cris Cruz on May 23, 2024 at 8:55 am

    My family, my friends, I and my family thank you all so very much for your understanding and support during our time of grief, we are grateful and blessed, thank you all again.

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