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Crusita (Alaniz) Sanford, age 77, of Holland, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Saturday, February 8, 2020.  She was born May 3, 1942, in Hidalgo, Texas to Cipriano and Petra (Cantu) Alaniz.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to many. Crusita loved to grow roses, gardening,and most of all visiting her family.

Survivors include her three children, Edward (Martha) Castillo, Teresa (Michael) Urivez, and Lisa (Jaime) Cirilo; grandchildren, Zachary Castillo, Sarah (Alessio) Castillo, Antonio (Athena)Gonzalez, Laticia Gonzalez, Alec (Alexa) Urivez, and Andrew Urivez; great-grandchildren,  Elijah Gonzalez, Cilicia Gonzalez, Aleyla Jade, Ezekiel Gonzalez, Odessa Gonzalez, Trinity Gonzalez, Seraiah Pena, Josiah Alfaro, Jenavecia Alfaro, Armani Alfaro, Isabella Urivez, and Coralynn Urivez; siblings, Rosendo (Eva) Alaniz, Ricardo (Josie) Alaniz, and Mary (Rick) Gauthier; and great friend, Rosalyn Arnst.

Crusita was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Roberto, Lionel, and Lupe Alaniz.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Engedi Church, 710 Chicago Dr. Holland, MI 48423, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. EST with a dinner to follow.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff of Spectrum Health Hospice for their care and kindness through this difficult time and a special thanks to Andrea and Wendi.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Crusita’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Curt & Nancy Bradford on February 12, 2020 at 8:27 pm


    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    All our love,
    Curt, Nancy and family ❤️🙏🏻

  2. Theresa Acevedo on February 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Our condolences and prayer to the family. Chris was a beautiful friend. From Mary Martinez and Theresa

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