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Rosa L. Cruz

Sep 22, 1957 - Nov 25, 2020


Rosa L. Cruz, 63, longtime educator, community organizer, and grassroots advocate of Lawrence, MA passed away in the late afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 2020 at Aurora Memorial Medical Center in Sheboygan, WI.
She was born on Sept 22nd, 1957 in New York City, NY and was the daughter of the late Jose Laureano and Felicita Mojica. Throughout her life, education has been a driving passion of hers. Rosa graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1975, but she continued to pursue higher education for decades afterwards, amassing credentials and degrees from John Jay College, Franklin Pierce College, and the University of North Carolina.
Her professional career took several turns with the changing landscape of her interests, opportunities, and family obligations, but she found her calling within the Lawrence educational system. Rosa taught in several elementary and high school classrooms, all the while helping with several extracurricular outreach programs as an advocate for enriching the lives of her students as well as the public interests of her fellow Lawrence residents. She went on to spearhead several progressive efforts in the area through her work at the LARE Program, her grant writing, her volunteerism at the Local Boys and Girls’ club amidst many others.
For her tireless efforts, Rosa was held in high esteem among her fellow educators, co-workers, and several political leaders, including state politicians who honored her work and achievements over the breadth of her career. Her fervent drive to give voice and counsel to those that needed it the most was the strongest mark she left. This was as true in her personal life as in her professional one as she was always willing to help friends and family to negotiate any difficult circumstances that arose.
In March of 2020, accompanied by her loving husband William Guzman, Rosa embarked upon a new adventure, moving out to Sheboygan, WI to become closer to her son, Christian Cruz, his wife Jennifer, and her only living grandchild, Carson. She wished to be nearby to strengthen her family bonds, but also had several ambitious plans to invest herself into the Sheboygan community just as she had in Lawrence. Her time in Sheboygan garnered many wonderful memories but was cut short by several medical issues that had mounted over the years and finally caught up with her just before Thanksgiving. The news of her passing was met by many with tears and sheer disbelief as she was widely viewed as a woman of strength and indomitable will. Her loss was sorely felt.
Family members include her husband William Guzman, four brothers, Antonio Laureano and his wife Germania of Bronx N.Y., Luis Laureano of Bronx, Harry Laureano and his wife Faith of Hollywood FL, Hector Laureano and his wife Lillian of Long Island, N.Y.; two sisters, Carmen Laureano of Bronx, Alba and her husband Robert Waschell of Queens, N.Y.; her 2 sons, Christian Cruz, his wife Jennifer, and grandson Carson of Sheboygan WI, Anthony Cruz of Lawrence, MA; first husband and father of her children John Cruz; step-daughter, Mayra Delgado Rodriguez, her husband David Rodriguez, daughter Magda Valentine, son Gerihtaniel Valentine, son David Rodriguez, and daughter Jeilianyz Rodriguez; step-son, William Guzman Jr, his daughters Janalis, Joeana, and sons Nathan, William Jr; long-time close friends, Gloria Matthews of Lawrence, Jenn Auclair, and Julie Kentel, as well as many others.
We take some comfort in the faith that she’s now spending time with the Cruz Six Pack and other loved ones who preceded her in passing.
ARRANGEMENTS: A small private service will be held at Reinbold Novak Funeral Home in Sheboygan WI on Friday, Dec. 4th, 2020 in accordance with Rosa’s wishes. The service will be recorded and available on the funeral home’s website shortly afterwards. If you wish to reach out for a link to view the memorial service, you may contact her son Chris at
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the amazing staff at ASMCC for all the care and compassion they showed to Rosa and her family. She was lovingly cared for by so many doctors and nurses, especially Dr Liang, Kristy, Jess, Ryan, Jenny, and Chaplain Darren.



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Courtney Rogers

I will always have fond memories of Rosa. She made me feel very welcomed when I started at American Training back in 2006. My condolences to her family. RIP Rosa.

Rosalia Cruz

You are only but so far away. You will always be in my heart. Memories are forever. But your strong power of knowledge, strength and guidance is a part of your outgoing history to all of us you touched. We will meet again.,.

Dawn colon

Titi Rosa want you to know I love and miss you. I hope you rest easy. To Christian your mom has always been a strong member of our family. I wish the best for you and the rest of the family.

Jasmine Newbegin

Carmen ramos

Lo siento mucho será una gran persona

Robin Gazelian

Magda valentin

We love u thank u for everyting RIP ROSA

Linda McHugh

One of the best she was, for sure. I am so very sad that she is gone. She will long be remember by many people and stay alive in our hearts.

Mayra Delgado

My heart is so broken you have gained your wings know you are in a better place in peace and without pain but I'm so happy that I had you for 23 years in my life you was the best stepmother , friend and best friend I can ask for thank you Rosa for all you have done for my dad and the family im going to miss you so much ma . Your son did a wonderful job with your service today. R.I.P. MA

Mayra Delgado

Carolyn Ferrance

We’re going to miss you Rosa he was a good friend a good coworker it was a pleasure to work with you he was the nicest person I ever met and the most sincere God bless you and fly high

Renee Robinson

Rose was a warm hearted person. She will be missed . May her family find peace and comfort in thr memorieds that they shared throughtout the years. May Rose Rest in Peace. Fond farewell, Renee Robinson

Jaritza Lopez

I’m so sorry for your loss. Rosa was like a mother to me. She taught me not to give up. As a very young mother myself I struggled mentally & emotionally to be involved when it came to important things. I usto go to LARE TRAINING. That’s we’re I first met her. A school for young mothers who dropped out of school. I knew when I met her she was going to be a hero. Why I didn’t know was how she was fighting for me. She Always challenged me because she wanted to see me do good. She was always on top of me because she seen something in me. She loved me like a daughter. I recently reconnected with her but I checked in on her to see how she was doing health wise &she always said she was good. She was always a strong minded woman. That’s what I loved about her. She will never be forgotten. She got me through some tough times in my life. She really did. Some of which I can’t talk about. She knows. I love you all even though I’ve never met her children. She spoke dearly of you. I will keep you all in my prayers. My condolences to your family. Rosa will continue to be a light force in my life. I will always think of her whenever I’m down. Her spirit is up & she will forever be around. Love you Rosa, Always & Forever. ❤️

Rosemary Figueroa

You were a great loving person Rosa. Thank you for helping and supporting me. Because of you, I've been a successful nurse for 18 years. Thank you for giving me the courage to continue my education and career. You truly are an Angel. You will always be in my heart. Rest in Paradise. Love you always!

Patricia Quinn

Rosa was an amazing advocate for young families, and I valued our partnership when I was at the Mass Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and she was running programs at LARE. A kindred spirit

Debra laroche

Sorry for your loss she was a wounderful lady. She was funny and sheet always had a smile on her face every time you seen her.

Rosemary Figueroa


You will be greatly missed. RIP Rosa

Jessica Rosario

My condolences to Rosa’s family, may she Rest In Peace. I was one of her students at LARE, she was so caring and wanted the best for all the ladies. You will be missed

Janice Nelson

My condolences to Rosa’s family. I worked at the LARE Training Center for 13 years. I was a counselor and she was a teacher. We shared many a laugh together. She had a lovely smile. I know she is at peace and now smiling down at us!

Linnette Anaya

To the close family of Rosa may god gives each an everyone of you guys the strength to get this though time Rosa was such a wonderful loving caring but also hard person always wanted the best for her students an fellow co workers I was one of her students at Lare an she has changed mine as well as lots of women’s lives I am still in disbelief that this has happen but just know she was loved in ur family as well as in the Lare family !! Rosa Cruz Thank you for all that you have done an got a lot of us women threw you will truly be missed

Melanie Calestino

Dear Jen and Chris, Rosa was clearly a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest and cared deeply for her family. I’m so very sorry for your loss and sending love and comfort your way during this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace.