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“Everyone who was touched by Liza was better for it. I am grateful to have been one of those lucky folks. To John and the entire family, you are in...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: John Lingner - Portsmouth, RI

“For John, Cara, Peri & Johnny Like Scott and Natalie Kuldell (May 10 memory), I attended high school with Eliza, though I confess, I did not know...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Linda (Fink) Begin - MARIETTA, GA

“Eliza's passing is heartbreaking. When I think of her, it's her smile I see. She is one of the kindest people I have know. Our paths only crossed a...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Jenifer Pereira Abi-Najm - McLean, VA

“So sad to learn of Liza's passing. My deepest sympathy to John and her family. I enjoyed all the time we spent together and was aware of the brave...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Larry Sinsimer - Plymouth, MA

“Dear John, Cara, Peri and Johnny,I just learned the news about Liza and I can't tell you how sorry I am. I had the pleasure of knowing Liza for over...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Jay Pollitt - Hinsdale, IL

“For my sweet colleague and friend...a candle in the wind for sure ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Kimberly Schaffner - Quincy, MA

“I so deeply miss my sweet colleague and friend. She was an incredible light! She was fierce and full of grace all at once. She loved her family so...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Kimberly Schaffner - Quincy, MA

“Dear Litzow Family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Liza's passing. May memories of her strength and warmth and love of family bring you comfort in...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Joyce Ford

“I met Eliza and John last fall at the O'Hara's sponsored Cancer walk. I came alone and Eliza quickly befriended me and at the end of the walk, as we...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Brenda Noel - Newton, MA - Friend

“Liza truly was a bright spot for many people. I had the pleasure of getting to know her and working directly with her for about a year and a half...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Danielle Pungitore - Dedham, MA

“My deepest sympathy to you and your family. God bless her soul ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Paul Andrew Martin - Boston, MA

“Liza was a sweet, smart, funny, sassy, loving, silly, positive, passionate friend and co-worker. She was beautiful inside and out. I remember every...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Jill Miller - Boston, MA - Friend

“Liza was a sweet, smart, funny, sassy, loving, silly, positive, passionate friend and co-worker. She was beautiful inside and out. I remember every...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Jill Miller - Boston, MA - Friend

“Liza had an infectious way about her. As others have mentioned, her smile lit up a room and her unwavering, cheery disposition was admired by us all....Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Allie Amenta - Boston - Coworker

“Southborough friend through our daughters. Liza was always so warm, gracious and engaging. I loved every conversation. Especially appreciate your...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Janice Hunt - Friend

“Warm memories of girl scout gathering at her Southborough home with the girls & John & Johnny too. Filled laughs and catch up with all the moms. Her...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Connie Au - Brookline, MA

“We were so sorry to hear about Eliza's passing. Scott and I knew her as Eliza Cruz from Wootton High School, such a bright spirit and a joy to be...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Natalie and Scott Kuldell - MA

“Dear John, Cara, Peri and Johnny, I am so very sorry about the loss of your wife and mom. Although I did not know Liza for a long time, she will...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Leesa Flanagan - Hillsdale, NJ

“I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Liza, a coworker and someone I considered a dear friend. Liza was one of the nicest and sweetest people...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Erin Stevens - Yardley, PA

“My sincere condolences to all of Liza's family. The world was truly a brighter place with her in it. She was a joy to work with, always had a kind...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Susan Caplan - Sharon, MA

“Liza had such a mischievous spirit and was full of fun. My favorite memory of her is when she told stories of her childhood; accompanied by a...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Robinson - Orlando, FL

“Cara, we were so saddened to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. ~Chuck & Sheryl Rossi ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: sheryl Rossi - Northborough, MA

“So sorry for you loss John. I will remember Eliza for her smile, her caring, and the love of Johnny. She loved all her children as well as her...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Terry Sauro - newton, MA - Friend

“Cara, your Mom is so beautiful. I am so sorry that you had lose her so soon. It is a moving tribute to her, she sounds like a remarkable woman. I...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Barbars Stephan - pPittsburgh, PA

“Beautiful tribute to an amazing and beautiful woman. Liza brought so much energy to any room she entered and was truly grace under pressure. She has...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Megan Griffin - North Weymouth, MA

“I worked with Liza at Citizens Bank and consider it an honor to have done so. She could light up a room and was always upbeat, personable and...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Vicki Arel - Portsmouth, NH


How will we remember Liza Litzow?

The beaches in Chatham when we have our toes in the sand and breath in the freshness of the sea, and when we eat pistachio ice cream, are running on 'Liza Time', decorating sugar cookies at Christmas or selling Girl Scout cookies, when at Church and the hymn 'On Eagle's Wings' is sung, and when we hear the beauty of a piano or accordion being played….these are just a few of the many ways in which we will be reminded of Liza's grace, fierce determination and love.

But most importantly, and Liza would agree, she will be remembered when we look at her husband, John and her children, Cara, Peri and Johnny and know that at the beginning and end of each day, they filled her heart.

Her family was with Liza when life came to its end. Liza died Monday, May 4, 2020 at her home in Newton after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 54.

Eliza Cruz was born on June 27, 1965 in Sandusky, Ohio to Iluminado and Aurora (Bunda) Cruz. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, she graduated from Wootton High School and Boston University with the class of 1987. While in both high school and college she swam competitively. Liza and her family lived over twenty years in Southborough before moving to Newton in 2018.

Liza enjoyed a successful career in financial services for over 25 years, ending as the Marketing Director for Citizens Bank in Boston in its wealth management division.

Liza had a smile that would fuel and fill the room. She could easily engage in conversation and had an easy ability to laugh and find the humor in most anything. She told friends her name originated from Eliza Doolittle of the musical My Fair Lady. Liza successfully managed to balance work and home. She had grace and style, always a positive outlook and could even be a bit of a badass when the occasion called for it.

In addition to her husband, John she leaves her children, Cara D'Amico, Peri D'Amico and Johnny Litzow; her mother, Aurora; her siblings, Danny Cruz of Orlando, Loralei Cruz Osborn (Richard) of San Francisco and in-laws including James Litzow of Memphis, Stephen Litzow (Jenny) of Seattle, Catherine Norman of San Francisco and many nieces & nephews.

Liza's family will gather privately. She will be buried in St. Adalbert's Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A public Memorial and Life Celebration will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, honor Liza's memory with a contribution to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, attn: Dr. Ursula Matulonis Ovarian Cancer Fund, 450 Brookline Street, Boston, MA 02215.