Virginia Montelano Cruz Mendoza peacefully passed away on November 20, 2012 at around 2:45pm at her home after years of battling cancer. She was 50 years young. She was born in Manila, Philippines on September 8, 1962. She grew up in the Philippines before moving to the United States in 1981.
She had married her husband Romeo S. Mendoza on January 7, 1985 in New York. He had just joined the U.S. Navy and together were on their way to explore the world. In August of that same year, she gave birth to her son Jeromie C. Mendoza in Queens, New York. Shortly after, they relocated to Quantico, Virginia. Following Virginia, they had orders to move to Naples, Italy in 1988, and in August 1989 welcomed a new life into their family, their daughter Justine M. Mendoza. The family of four bounced around the globe from Baltimore, Maryland, to Pensacola, Florida, to Yokosuka, Japan, to Groton, Connecticut, back to Yokosuka, Japan, and finally settling in Union, New Jersey in 2007. She had worked in various establishments; Coca Cola Company, Alexanders Dept Store, Tiffany Store, Sullivans Elementary School, Mohegan Sun, RD Management Corp., and prior to her death worked in the accounting department of Milstein Properties.
Family first. That was her motto. Nothing made her happier than to have families around. She loved to cook, dance, sing, watch movies, and take a chance at the casinos. Her attitude was infectious. Her presence alone could inject energy into a lethargic room. Always considerate and understanding. She wasn’t just a devoted wife, loving mother, wonderful sister, thoughtful sister in law, caring friend, but also simply an amazing human being.
She is predeceased by her mother Segundina Montellano Cruz, father Francisco Santos Cruz, and brother Ernesto Cruz. She is survived by her beloved husband Romeo (Bong) S. Mendoza of 27 years, her son Jeromie C. Mendoza, her daughter Justine M. Mendoza, sisters Yolanda C. Tuano, Corazon C. Almeda, Imelda Cruz, & Julieta C. Bacani, brothers Francisco Jr. Cruz, Joselito Cruz, Rogelio Cruz, Ricardo & Ronaldo. She is also the beloved aunt to a large extended family and a dear friend to many others.