Dr. Jairo Bispo Cruz

1945-01-14 - 2023-03-21

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy Chicago Heights IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Friday, March 24 from 1pm to 7pm

Service Date: 2023-03-25

Service Time: 11AM

Place of Service: Infant Jesus of Prague 1131 Douglas Avenue, Flossmoor, IL (Map-it)

Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-754-0016

Web: https://www.kerr-parzygnotfuneralhomes.com/ (Go)

Dr. Jairo Bispo Cruz age 78 resident of Olympia Fields, Illinois passed away on March 21, 2023.  Loving husband to Maria Donatela Camaya Cruz.    Beloved father to Mary Ann Cruz (Michael Dennis) Dichoso, Rachelle Camaya (Carlos Julian Sison) Centeno and Jairo Bispo (Melinda Sue) Cruz Jr.  Loving grandfather to Josephine Camaya Dichoso, Nora Ellen Dichoso, Luke Modesto Dichoso, Gabriella Claire Centeno, Julie Ann Cruz Centeno, Camaya Elizabeth Cruz, Jairo John Cruz and Dominick Bishop Cruz. Cherished brother to Jader Bispo Cruz; dear uncle to Fernanda Cantalice Cruz, Claudio Cantalice Cruz and Eduardo DeSouza Cruz.  Preceded in death by his parents Josaphat Bispo Cruz and Aurelina Ferreira Lopes Cruz.  Dr. Cruz was a Cardiologist for Franciscan Health in Olympia Fields.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association  www.abta.org      

Visitation Friday, March 24th from 1:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Visitation on Saturday 10:00 A.M. until 10:45AM with a 11:00AM mass at St. Veronica Parrish (Formerly:  Infant Jesus of Prauge) Church , 1131 Douglas, Flossmoor, Illinois.   Interment:  Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.  Info:(708) 754-0016.




  1. Lorroli Brown on March 22, 2023 at 4:53 pm
    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
    May God be with the family during this difficult time.

  2. Michael Lunn Family on March 22, 2023 at 7:52 pm
    God Bless the Cruz Family at this time…Doc… thank you Sir….just Thank you …for all the leadership and life lessons you taught, mostly thru the quiet example you set.. You left a solid legacy that will last for generations in your children … and their children…. To a life of Adventure … well lived… I choose to remember you best … at the helm..tired..your wiskers as your telltales…pushing the limits of the sails…with a gritty smile… and your family by your side…

    Well Done Sir…. and Peace to you and the entire Cruz Family

  3. Marjorie Craig on March 23, 2023 at 7:46 am
    Deepest condolences to the Cruz family for your loss. I pray for your strength and peace during this time.

  4. Debra Meyers on March 23, 2023 at 8:22 am
    Please accept my sincerest condolences. Dr. Cruz was a wonderful man who treated everyone was kindness.

  5. Priscilla Valle Sabbagh on March 23, 2023 at 10:34 am
    Sending prayers to your family during this difficult time 🙏.

  6. Sonya Knoch on March 23, 2023 at 11:17 am
    The most gentle, caring doctor I have ever met. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with him, a true gentleman.

  7. Jimmy and Remy Maceda on March 23, 2023 at 1:13 pm
    Our condolence and our prayers for the eternal repose of the soul of Jairo.

  8. Stephen Bomgardner on March 23, 2023 at 2:06 pm
    I have many good memories of working with Dr. Cruz in the early-mid 1990’s at the old St. James Hospital. Always a gentleman and a wonderful provider of medical care. May he rest in peace after serving God and mankind for many years.

  9. Eliane Rio Branco on March 23, 2023 at 2:20 pm
    My most sincere condolences to the família. Jairo and I studied together in Brazil. RIP. Eliane Rio Branco

  10. URFRANCIA GREEN-ANDERSON on March 23, 2023 at 3:51 pm
    My condolences to the Cruz family. Doctor Cruz was a brilliant, kind spirited doctor/person that I feel honored to have known and work with for many years. Dr. Cruz was a bright light in this world, and his absence will truly be felt by many.

  11. Plínio de Assis Tavares Junior on March 23, 2023 at 6:10 pm
    My condolences to the Cruz family. Jairo was a dear classmate at the Medical School. God receive him in His Kingdom.

  12. Plínio de Assis Tavares Junior on March 23, 2023 at 6:33 pm
    My condolences to the Cruz family. Jairo was a dear classmate at the Medical School. God receive him in His Kingdom

  13. Lynn Kot on March 23, 2023 at 6:40 pm
    Deepest sympathy to the Cruz family.

  14. Linda Jeray on March 24, 2023 at 6:39 am
    Deepest Sympathy to the Cruz family. I will always remember his smile when he entered the room. Always the professional, but truly one of the kindest physicians I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I will remember him fondly.

  15. Tavares,Plinio on March 24, 2023 at 8:05 am
    My condolences to the Cruz family. Jairo was a dear classmate at the Medical School. God receive him in His Kingdom

  16. Sharon Ann Minelli on March 24, 2023 at 9:14 am
    I worked with Dr. Cruz for many years at St. James and he was my cardiologist. He was so kind and caring. Our visits included talking about our families and his love for sailing. My deepest sympathy to the Cruz family on the loss of this wonderful man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Sandeep Nathan, MD, MSc on March 24, 2023 at 10:54 am
    It was a privilege to have known Dr. Cruz and to have shared in the care of patients with him – he was a kind and compassionate human being, a superb clinical cardiologist and ever, a gentleman. My deepest condolences to the entire Cruz family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Lance T. Wallace, MD on March 24, 2023 at 3:54 pm
    Dr. Cruz cared deeply about patients and the community in general. He worked tirelessly for the betterment of all humanity. I had the honor of working with and learning from him for 20 plus years. He will always remain an inspiration and I thank GOD that he was part of my life. I know that the Lord has prepared a special place for him on his Heavenly Yacht!

    Lance T. Wallace, MD

  19. Ruth Parrott on March 24, 2023 at 10:36 pm
    Thank you for you faith, family, friendship and the lives saved, lessons learned. You were a great friend and mentor.
    The Angels are rejoicing.
    You will always be in my heart. Prayers for Maria and family

  20. Vernal Huff, RN on March 25, 2023 at 1:30 am
    My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Dr. Cruz was truly a great caring physician to his patients 🙏💙🙏

  21. Sharon Andrews on March 25, 2023 at 11:25 am
    Dr. Cruz you were the best. Worked with you and through you during our Walks with The Docs…your being there for the study program through the hospital…sering you in the hall ways. Always a smile and a good morning to you My Lady. You will be missed beyond measure. Sail away on the waters in heaven. Much love and condolences to your family

  22. Carrie Fowler on March 25, 2023 at 9:47 pm
    My sincere condolences to the family of Dr. J. Cruz. He will always be remembered as a soft spoken, wonderful man with a lot of concern and care for his patients. Oh, and how he looked forward to the Macanaw races. God will heal all hurt in time….hold on to your memories… bless you all in Jesus name!

  23. Gary M. Duncan on May 8, 2023 at 5:33 pm
    My cardiologist for over 30 years. Got me thru many tough times. Always there thru thick and thin. A calming force in my life. May you rest in peace and my sincere condolences to the entire Cruz family.

  24. Larry Kahney on June 14, 2023 at 11:29 am
    I just found out about Dr. Cruze passing away. My wife and I are heartbroken to hear this. He was our doctor for years. I not only considered him the best doctor I ever had but a friend as well. It pains me that he is no longer on this earth. Our condolences to his wife and children.

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