Rogelio Tandoc Cruz, 71, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. He was born in the Philippines to the late Pedro and Regina Cruz.
Rogelio served his country in the U.S. Navy and retired after 23 years. He was a registered nurse and retired from Chesapeake Regional Medical Center after more than 18 years.
Rogelio was a devoted Christian and member of the Catholic Church of St. Mark. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, dancing, singing karaoke, fishing, crabbing, playing cards, traveling and cruising.
What Rogelio cherished most were his beloved wife, family, friends and his four-legged best friend, Chica. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jose Cruz and Peter Cruz.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 50 years, Aurora F. Cruz; two children, Randy Cruz (Gladys) and Marissa Cruz Ochave (Louie); three brothers, Larry Cruz (Veronica), Leo Cruz (Tita) and Edgardo Cruz (Tessie); three sisters, Cecilia Cruz-Jones (Haskell), Lilia Cruz and Juliet Cruz Sister Maria Teresa of Jesus; two sisters-in-law, Carmen Cruz and Mildred Cruz; four grandchildren, Gabriella Cruz, Jake Ryan Cruz Ochave, Victoria Cruz Ochave and Elle Cruz Ochave; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Catholic Church of St. Mark. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.
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