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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. Adam B Gonzalez on February 11, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Crusita was such a beautiful person, my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

  2. Marcia Callicoat on February 11, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Teresa, I pray for God to bless you during this time of both sadness and celebration. May he strengthen you and your family in your faith walk and give you his peace. Let me know if you need to talk as we walk this path together.

  3. Nellie cantu on February 11, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    After knowing Cruzita for more than 20 years i able to witness what an amazing friend, Mom and cousin. She always made time for the people she loved and set a great example for others. She wi be greatly miss. Prayers go out to the whole family for comfort and peace. Nellie Cantu

  4. Maria Cirilo-Nowicki on February 11, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I will miss seeing Chris at all our family gatherings and the homemade Mexican food she added to our potlucks, it was the best! I loved her spunky and sassy personality, we would laugh so much during our holiday gathers. I’m sad we won’t have those days no more but I’m glad your days of suffering are gone.

  5. Lauri Valdez on February 11, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Lisa I’m saddened to hear of your sweet mothers passing.
    Prayers for peace and comfort comfort for you and your family.
    I pray that God blesses each of you with renewed strength for the day in the weeks and months to come.
    That you find peace and comfort in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ🙏♥️🤗

  6. 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 ❤️🙏🏻

  7. 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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