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Luis Cruz

January 5, 2023

Luis Cruz Obituary

On the morning of January 5th, 2023 Luis (Louie, Big Lou, Papa Lulu) passed away in his sleep at The Optima Care Harborview-Nursing Home/Acute Rehab /Hospice in Jersey City, N.J.

After a three year battle with Acute T-Cell Lymphoma and other illnesses. He was also at the Renaissance at Lincoln Park assisted living in Lincoln Park, N.J., for 20 months.  

Luis Cruz was born in Aguas Buenas , Puerto Rico on May 10th 1959. Luis was along term resident of Jersey City since the age of six.  He was the second child and 1st born son of Angelina Cruz and Luis Cruz Diaz.

Luis worked in the Embroidery Industry (Embroidery Capital of the World) in Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City, North Bergen, West New York and Guttenberg. He was a Scallop-Lace Cutter he worked on a Shiffli Lace Machine for 38 years. He worked for Kayem Textiles, Classic Lace, Westchester Lace, Ansonia Thread and Scallop, United Embroidery, and Ansonia Thread and Scallop, etc. 

Luis loved riding his 10 speed bike throughout Jersey City everyone knew him, he loved reading and studying the Bible. he loved spending time with his Family especially his grandkids and niece. Luis helped his wife China in her Urban League DayCare (picking up/taking the kids to and from school, playing with and making them lunch). He also did the the errands for her like going to and from New York to pick up her Fabrics, notions, etc. He also worked on and off with his father-in-law installing cabinets. 

He was a veteran of the United States Army and joined when he was 17 years old.

Luis was proceeded in death by his sister Jaqueline Cruz, his father Luis Cruz-Diaz, and his mother Angelina Cruz.

Luis is survived by his wife Ana J. nee Santiago (China). His children Luis Lee Cruz, Jasmine M. Cruz and Joshua A. Cruz (Macho). His grandchildren Destiny Y. Cruz, Damien C. Cruz and Anakin Lee Cruz. Also Diana and Marshall McConnehey which considered them like grandchildren. His Daughter-In-Law whom he adored and loved Martha Y. Morales-Cruz. His sisters Angelina nee Samoodarie, Catalina Cruz (Titi) and his brother Miguel Angel Cruz. His nieces Leandra A., Amal A., Maria A., Mariely, Cataleya, and Isabel Santiago. Brothers-in-laws Edwin A., Rolando, Ricardo, William Santiago and Jack Samoodarie. Sisters-in-laws Ana Iris Cruz, Angela Santiago and Imee Santiago. his In-laws Arcadio Santiago and Ana Negron-Santiago.Plus many, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. 

You can purchase flowers at: Bouquets & Baskets, 548 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302, (201) 216-1188, or make a donation to the Cancer Society.

A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 12th, from 4pm to 8pm.  Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home Friday morning by 8am.  We will be leaving promptly at 8:30am for the 10:30 am burial at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown.

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January 12, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Michalski Funeral Home
463 Monmouth St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

January 13, 2023

10:30 AM
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
350 Province Line Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562


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