Maria Maldonado, a longtime Rockaway resident, died October 15.
Maldonado was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on October 28, 1948. She moved to the Rockaways in 1972. She was a certified nursing assistant.
Maldonado is survived by her children, Robert Pabon (Mari), John Aviles, Juan Maldonado (Patrice), Yvette (Shabazz) Smiley and April Valles; grandchildren, Ann Marie, Robert Jr. and Priscilla Pabon, Sharell Smiley, Sean and Tyreek Parker, Christopher and Cameron Maldonado; father, Rafael; brothers, Johnny, Rafael, Carlos and Richard; sister, Ana Maldonado-Martinez; and many other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Gertrude Church. Interment was at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.