portrait picture for Thelma Jean Cruz

Calling Hours:

Saturday, March 2, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home.

Funeral Service:

Saturday, March 2, at 1:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home.


No Interment:

Thelma Jean Cruz

June 13, 1956 ~ February 25, 2019

Thelma Jean Cruz, 62, wife of Jose M. Cruz of Trumbull entered into eternal rest Monday, February 25, 2019.

Born in Norwalk on June 13, 1956 she was the daughter of John and Margaret (Blake) Puskas. Thelma dedicated her life to her family especially her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her mother and husband, Thelma is survived by her children; Nelly Jean Claudio and her husband William of Bridgeport, Jose S. Cruz and his wife Jennifer of Trumbull, Christina Cruz and her lifelong partner David of Trumbull, Stephaine Berrios and her husband Marcelino of Bridgeport, grandchildren; Ezekiel Cruz, D.J. and Evonna Claudio, Genesis, Michaela, and Anaia Claudio and Mariahlynn Berrios, her sister Sue and brother Jimmy, niece and nephew, several cousins and close friends.

Thelma was also predeceased in life by her beloved father and her brother John Puskas, Jr.

Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, March 2, at 1:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Friends may visit with the family prior to the service starting at 11:00 AM. Burial will be private.

  1. Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, my heartfelt condolences go out to your family.

    February 28, 2019
    Celia -
  • We want to give you our deepest sympathy and condolence for the loss of your loving mother, Pee-Wee.
    May God be with your entire family at this time of need. Please if you need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out.
    Pito and Dalia

    February 28, 2019
    Pito Claudio and Dalia Rivera -
  • Rest in peace Thelma you are with god and the angels now no more pain no more hurt. My sincere condolences to your family….
    Toni & Ron Dunlap

    February 28, 2019
    antoinette Taylor -
  • Dear Jose, Nelly Jean, Jose, Chrissy and Stephanie,

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Thelma Jean for more than 30 years. To know Thelma Jean, also known as Peanut, was to know that the tale of her life would be captured in each of you. Thelma Jean lived every day of her life for the family she called ‘her own.’

    Her days were filled with joy and sorrow…the joy of giving birth to each of you and the sorrow of healing your injured hearts.

    Her days were filled with courage and fear…the courage to face the pain of her illness and the fear of leaving you to face the world on your own.

    Her days were filled with laughter and tears…the laughter she embraced at events and at home when you said or did something funny and the tears she cried when she was alone with her thoughts.

    Her days were filled with calm and anger…the calm she found in appreciating the little things in life and the anger that innately partners with turmoil.

    And, most of all, her days were filled with love…love devoted specifically for each of you. Love that was immeasurable. Love that was genuine. Love that was profound. Love that was nurtured in an unbreakable bond.

    Undeniably, each of you represents Thelma Jean’s legacy.

    May you find comfort in the support of others, your faith and in loving memories.

    March 2, 2019
    Denise Kurpiewski -
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