Calling hoursCarpino Funeral Home
Southbury, Connecticut 06488
ROXBURY – Luz Nery Vázquez Crowley, departed this life on February 2, 2019. She was born in Rural Barrio Guadiana, Naranjito, Puerto Rico on May 26, 1939. The first child of Eladio Vázquez Cabrera and Gregoria Rivera Vázquez, granddaughter of Fernando Vázquez and Dominga Rivera, Victoria Vázquez and Julio Cabrera, all natives of Barrio Guadiana. Growing up in rural Puerto Rico she lacked many of the material things we take for granted today. However, that lack was supplanted with a huge, loving, extended family to whom Luz remained in contact with her entire life. Her unwavering Catholicism and strong work ethic enabled her to surmount life’s burdens.
Luz and Richard met in 1965 and were married on December 2, 1967. They initially lived in Stamford, CT for 6 years where her four boys were born. Then, they moved to Norwalk, CT for 8 years. While in Norwalk she and her husband started a farm market and greenhouse business. With her knowledge of plants and growing procedures Luz was the back bone of the business all while raising four small boys.
In 1981 the family moved to Roxbury, CT. Upon seeing the property, her 1st words were “I am home”. In Roxbury she recreated a small greenhouse and farm stand. Her specialties were geraniums, fuchsias, strawberries and tomatoes. She had a unique ability to create friendships. Her smile and sparkle in her eyes enabled her to communicate with people from all walks in life. None of these activities precluded her from raising her children, ironing, sewing, cooking gourmet meals like arroz con pollo, pasta, prime rib, baking bread, cakes and pies.
Luz is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard, her son Kevin of New Milford, son Gerald and his wife Kathryn Snow, their children Ryan and Lydia, son Richard Jr. and wife Heather, children Hannah and Ashton of Woodbury, Minn. Son Joseph and Dominique Veilleux and his children Catherine and Sean. Also, brother Julio Vázquez of Willimantic, his children Cristina, Vanessa and Jonathan and her niece Lisette Torres.
Her godchildren, Lourdes Narváez and Catherine Crowley. Her “cousins”, who were like brothers and sisters, Awilda and Beatriz Espinell. Comadre Emilia Espinell Narváez and family. Aleida Ortega, Tina Ortega Cheveres and family all of Barrio Guadiana. Jorge Oliveras and family of Kissimmee, FL, Pascual Oliveras and family of Port Chester, NY, Wilfredo Oliveras and family of Bayamon, P.R , and Primitivo Ortiz and family of Ocala, FL. Best man and matron of Honor Jose and Josefina Cruz and family of Wallingford, CT. Brother in law John Drinkwater of Tucson, AZ, sister in law Denise Drinkwater of St. Louis MO. Luz was predeceased by her parents, in laws John and Julia Drinkwater. Sisters Irma Vázquez Espinell and Ramona Vázquez Torres.
The family also wishes to honor Dr. Altorelli, Dr. John Merrit and Dr. Geraldine Fabregas. Nurses Deborah Slatcher RN and Kathy Hearn RN. Her caregivers Elizabeth Council, Sheila Ratliff, Mary Kalivas, Stephanie Kafka and Sally Irwin. The Litchfield Hill Chore Service, Geron Nursing Care, Roxbury Senior Agent Jerrilynn Tiso and especially Jessica Warner of the WCAAA Respite Care.
Special friends Ray Booth, Diana Yamin, Leslie Magini and Family, Kyle and Lisa Turoczi and family, St. Patrick’s Women’s Guild. The many people who touched her life and she kindly touched theirs. Donations may be made to Litchfield Hills Chore Service, WCAAA Respite Care and Roxbury Ambulance Association.
A Wake will take place at Carpino Funeral Home at 750 Main Street South in Southbury on Friday, February 15 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church at Route 317 in Roxbury, CT on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11am followed by a get together from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Roxbury Congregational Church Hall across the street from St. Patrick’s. To order flowers you may contact Michelle Stuart of Stuart’s Floral Station at (860) 355-1324, 160 Baker Road, Roxbury, CT 06783. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.CarpinoCares.com.