Rosemary Cruz Walruff | Obituary


Shaw & Sons Funeral Home

Rosemary Cruz Walruff joined the Lord on September 23, 2021 at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Rosemary was born on March 14, 1957 to Leo and Irene Cruz in Yakima, WA at Memorial Hospital. She grew up in Yakima where she graduated from Davis High School in 1975. She worked for many years in the banking industry and then pursued a career in child care at all of the military bases where she lived. After meeting the love of her life Charles, they married in April 1984 and she became a military bride where she moved several times to places like Colorado, California and then Texas before moving to her to Yakima.

Rosemary loved taking care of people and engaged in many selfless acts throughout her life. Family was everything to her. She enjoyed cooking, scrapbooking, coordinating family reunions, gardening, playing cards and enjoying every moment she could with her grandchildren, sharing old memories and welcoming new friends into her family. She loved to travel, see and do new things. Over the past few years, she has taken a trip across the country, visited beaches, and been able to once again get to the top of the Space Needle with her children and grandchildren.

Rosemary was a beautiful, loving, kind and generous soul. She would do anything for you, and you wouldn’t even have to ask. She loved welcoming people into her family. She will be sorely missed and will leave a great void in many lifetimes. We’re sure she’s playing spades or hearts with her dad in Heaven.

Rosemary was predeceased by her father Leo Cruz and is survived by her mother Irene Cruz of Yakima, her loving husband Charles Walruff of Seattle, WA, her eldest son Shawn (Nicole) Walruff, Emma, ​​Joshua and Aubery from Moxee, WA, his youngest son Jesse (Abbey) Walruff, Jesse Jr. and Tycen from Cheney, WA, his brothers Leo Cruz Jr. from Yakima, WA, Phil Cruz from Selah, WA, and Steve Cruz from Gresham, OR and her sister Tillie (Richard) Miller of Yakima, WA with many aunts, cousin uncles and many friends.

Viewing is scheduled for family and friends to attend at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home (201 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901) from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021. Tuesday October 5, 2021 at 10:00 am, there will be a funeral service in honor of Rosemary also at Shaw & Sons, followed by a funeral service at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. A celebration of his life will be held at The Well Church. Shaw & Sons Funeral Home takes care of the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at


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