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VIRGINIA BEACH – Jose R. Cruz, 81, passed away Oct. 9, 2016. He was born in the Philippines.

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Jose worked as a civilian at the Naval Safety Center, from which he also retired.

Jose is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Luz; his children, Lianna Holland and husband, Timothy, Orland Cruz, and Merlie Groszek and husband, Gene; one grandchild, Rachel Groszek; two sisters, Victoria Cruz and Julita Cruz; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend its thanks to the doctors and staff of Virginia Oncology Associates and Sentara Princess Anne hospital.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at 11 a.m., at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1396 Lynnhaven Pkwy., Virginia Beach, Va. 23453. The family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. Burial will take place on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Rd., Suffolk, Va. 23434.

Donations may be made in Jose’s honor to Holy Spirit Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice.