Obituary of Maria A. Slane
Maria Antonia Slane, age 87 passed peacefully in her sleep on Monday, January 27, 2020, after living a life full of family, friends, and love. She is predeceased by her husband John Francis Slane of 29 years, and her parents Carmen Maria Vazquez and José Ortiz Mulet, and brother Samuel Ortiz.
Although born in Corozal, Puerto Rico on October 1, 1932, Maria called many places home throughout her lifetime, The Bronx, NY, Luquillo, PR, Toms River, NJ, Atkinson, Ill, and Peoria, AZ. Maria leaves behind her five children, Edmund Bros, Russell Bros, Jack Bros, Anthony Bros and Melissa Hughes.
Additionally Maria was a proud grandmother to Jennifer, Robert, JC, Joaquin, William, Alejandro, Jeremiah, Olivia, and Sofia. Maria is survived by her brother José Gabriel Ortiz.
Maria was a homemaker while she raised her children, and once all were in school, she went on to become a teacher’s aid in a daycare center, and also worked with special needs children at the New York City Board of education. All the while treating all the children in her charge, as her own.
Maria’s favorite pasttimes included watching game shows (especially Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune), and classic movies, reading, going to the casinos, playing Bingo, and cooking for her loved ones. She had a generous heart, a great sense of humor, and made everyone feel like family.
Maria’s legacy can be summed up by a quote from Saint Mother Teresa, “ At the hour of death when we come face-to-face with God, we are going to be judged on love; not how much we have done, but how much love we put into the doing”. She will forever be in our hearts, and forever be loved.
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