ForeverMissed

Maria T. Maldonado (nee Dougherty)  "Ria" on June 1, 2017 passed to the Lord at the age of 55.  Maria was born on June 9, 1961 the daughter of Maria Moreno Dougherty and the late Michael Roy Dougherty of Glassboro. 
Loving wife to Joseph Maldonado.  Devoted mother to Christina and Anthony . Caring grandmother to Alicia, Anthony Jr., Adam and Arabella. Dearest sister to Michael, Robert, Joseph and Loretta Curran.  Cherished aunt to many nieces and nephews. 
Maria was a graduate of Glassboro High School Class of 1979.  In 1981 she became the wife of Joseph Maldonado her sweet heart for 35 years.  He became her life long best friend and together they had 2 children Christina and Anthony as they grew so did her family with 4 beautiful grandchildren.  Maria spent most of her life in Glassboro until moving to Deptford in the early 90's.  She worked throughout her married life as a computer data base analyst.  Maria had a zest for life and a can do attitude.  She wore her heart on her sleeve.  Always there for all in need; she loved doing for her family and friends. She loved the beach, singing, dancing,cooking, decorating and vacationing with the Fab five .  Her happiest times were with her family.  Maria had a smile that was radiating and a heart that was warm like the sun. 
Please join in celebrating Maria's life  on July 1, 2017 at the Star Cross Fire Hall from 1-4 pm
, located at 4231 Tuckahoe Rd, Williamstown, NJ 08094. (Franklin Twp.)

Posted by Maryann Pauciello on November 21, 2021
Maria I miss you everyday your a sister I never thought would lose you Lit up every room and I cry every day inside to see you again I love you Always and miss your infectous Giggle
Posted by Mitchie Curran on June 1, 2020
You are always on my mind. But just a few days ago you were prominent in my thoughts. I recalled one of our many convos and it helped rest my mind a bit. I think about all of the hilarious moments we've shared. There are so many!! Whenever I need a reality check I think about what you said to me in 1991, in front of Uncle Joe's Honda and I straighten myself out. You were a huge influence in my life, more than that actually. You were my mom when she couldn't be there. I'm glad you two are reunited, and with Grandpop and Gmom, but (selfishly) we weren't ready for you to leave us. You're in a better place I'm certain. You are so missed, so loved. Pass some hugs around from me. I love you "Ant Ria". Love bunches, Michelle
Posted by Loretta Curran on July 18, 2017
Hello my sweet sister Maria "Ria" Oh how I miss our daily talks on the phone. I may live across country yet we never missed our phone calls so many times I reached for the phone to call you.My heart aches because you're not here on earth with us yet I'm so happy that you are not suffering any longer. I know you are in heaven with our creator and our loved ones especially DAD.Keep Tay Tay under your angel wing and always ask GOD to keep our family well. I can't say it enough how I miss you. And as always your beach chair will be set up for the beach days of summer. Love & Miss you forever. YOUR SISTER RETTA ♡♡
Posted by Carmen Lescure on June 25, 2017
I knew Maria in Middle and High school, she was the sweetest, kindest person. She always lit up the room like an angel with her smile.
Posted by Sheryll Queary on June 16, 2017
I can still remember the first time I met you back in the 70's when your brother Mike and my sister Debbie took me on a short vaca to Jersey. What a beautiful person you were then and always remained. Always enjoyed seeing you and your family when you would grace us with smiling face (and of course all the treasures that you brought from Jersey, wouldn't want anyone to go without). 
Love you Maria, rest now my friend.
Posted by Elena King-Stoltz on June 16, 2017
As my eyes flood my memory bank is overflowing with photographic memories. I have always been blessed to have you in my life. I will be forever grateful for all of that time. I miss you my dear friend and love you. I know that you are dancing with your daddy again. I may not see you for awhile but I will see you again because we all go home to the father. Until we meet again ....
Posted by Janet Vancamp on June 15, 2017
Too young to leave but know that HE has you now and what a wonderful thing that is......bet my Taylor was there to greet you, she loved you and I also bet she is still hugging you. Rest gently.
Posted by Mitchie Curran on June 14, 2017
I have so many memories I will cherish forever. Loads of fun times with you. I still laugh when I think of you in a frilly dress floating in the bay on Easter Sunday, while your "pusher" in a matching frock ran home to tell your Dad to put on his boots to fish you out! I hope your reading over my shoulder and laughing with me and mom. You always looked out for me, made me a Godmother, shared invaluable life advice I won't soon forget, and made sure I didn't forget to be myself. Thanks Aunt Ria. I love you and hope you find our friend Tay-Tay up there!

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Posted by Maryann Pauciello on November 21, 2021
Maria I miss you everyday your a sister I never thought would lose you Lit up every room and I cry every day inside to see you again I love you Always and miss your infectous Giggle
Posted by Mitchie Curran on June 1, 2020
You are always on my mind. But just a few days ago you were prominent in my thoughts. I recalled one of our many convos and it helped rest my mind a bit. I think about all of the hilarious moments we've shared. There are so many!! Whenever I need a reality check I think about what you said to me in 1991, in front of Uncle Joe's Honda and I straighten myself out. You were a huge influence in my life, more than that actually. You were my mom when she couldn't be there. I'm glad you two are reunited, and with Grandpop and Gmom, but (selfishly) we weren't ready for you to leave us. You're in a better place I'm certain. You are so missed, so loved. Pass some hugs around from me. I love you "Ant Ria". Love bunches, Michelle
Posted by Loretta Curran on July 18, 2017
Hello my sweet sister Maria "Ria" Oh how I miss our daily talks on the phone. I may live across country yet we never missed our phone calls so many times I reached for the phone to call you.My heart aches because you're not here on earth with us yet I'm so happy that you are not suffering any longer. I know you are in heaven with our creator and our loved ones especially DAD.Keep Tay Tay under your angel wing and always ask GOD to keep our family well. I can't say it enough how I miss you. And as always your beach chair will be set up for the beach days of summer. Love & Miss you forever. YOUR SISTER RETTA ♡♡
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Shared by Elena King-Stoltz on June 17, 2017

It seemed like it would shower when we least expected it.  We were going to my bosses wedding .  We drove down the shore in our under garments and our short robes; we did not want to wrinkle our outfits  Truck drivers with their view never entered  our minds setting out on this hot summer day.  We were bee bopping and before you knew we were  surrounded by trucks; trying to get our attention.  We we're not having any verbal communication that would have let the hot air in or possibly ruin our hair.  When we got to the shore we stopped at the house to put our outfits on as we were running late to get to the country club  for the celebration.  We got back into the car and on our way it starts down pouring   We got to the wedding and it never slowed downed the grounds appeared very muddy.  With no vallay parking we agreed after 15 mins of sitting in the car to bag the reception .  We did not want to ruin  our new outfits and my snake skin shoes. We  changed out of our clothes in  the parking lot of the country club and drove back home with our under garments and no robes, by this time they were packed away.  We were like Thelma and Louise carefree and living in the moment. As we approached  the highway  the sun came out and the rain stopped.  We rolled down the windows laughed, sang and communicated with all along the way.  We had so much fun skipping the wedding.  We arrived back home got changed into our new outfits and went clubbing for the evening.  We had such a great time we laughed and sang all day and met new people along the way and danced all night.