Maria Dolores (Marrero) Hernandez passed away in Brooklyn, New York, on October 22 at the age of 82. She was born in 1936 in Moca, Puerto Rico, and relocated to New York City in her teens, remaining a lifelong New Yorker until her death. She was married to Ismael Hernandez (Moca, Puerto Rico) until his passing in 1968 and she was later married to Ruben Hernandez (Hidalgo, Mexico). She is also pre-deceased by her step-son, Alvin I. Hernandez (Stony Brook, New York, 1990). She is survived by her son, Richard (Ellen) Hernandez (Collingswood, New Jersey); daughter, Wanda (Orin) Hernandez Tong (Miami, Florida); and brother, Belisario (Carmen) Marrero (Brooklyn, New York). She is also survived by seven grandchildren (Mia, Judah, Mariah, Imani, Jabari, Miracle, and Asa) and her great-grandson, Asher Tong. Viewing will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 2:00-9:00pm, at Schaefer Funeral Home.
Maria was part of the vibrant Brooklyn Latino community from the 1950s-1970s, to which she had moved from the island of her birth with her parents, Belisario, Sr., and Ana (Loperena) and her five siblings. She was a faithful and observant Jehovah’s Witness who enjoyed spending time with friends at Fountain House, performances at Lincoln Center, and walks in Central Park during her time residing in Manhattan in the 1980s-2000s. She loved caring for children as a sitter and spending time with her many grandchildren. Her greatest pride was in her children, especially in the academic accomplishments she dreamed of for them. Her greatest gift to them and to all her family was her loving devotion and the example she set as a model of courage in the face of adversity. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, those so inclined make donations to Fountain House at https://www.fountainhouse.org/.