Love and memories last forever...
  • 66 years old
  • Born on September 26, 1949 .
  • Passed away on August 16, 2016 .

Maria Rose Harrell, (nee Gonnella),  66, of Mullica Hill, NJ, formerly of South Philadelphia, died peacefully at home on August 16, 2016 after gracefully battling cancer.

She was born to the late Fred Gonnella and Florence (Gulino) Gonnella in South Philadelphia on September 26, 1949.  

She was a devoted wife and mother whose pride and joy were her grandchildren.

Maria will be sadly missed by her husband, James; her daughter Christina (Sal) Triolo, Stepchildren Steve (Brianna) Harrell, Lisa (Shane) Sieber; Grandchildren Salvatore, Christopher, Dominic and Van; Siblings Carlo Gonnella, and Frank (Rosalie) Gonnella, and her nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to her visitation Wed., August 24, 2016 from 10-11 am at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Joseph Church, 140 Broad St., Swedesboro, NJ, where Maria's  Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am.

She will be laid to rest in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery.  Springfield, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at 

Posted by Joe Denisi on September 14, 2016
So sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife.
Posted by Doreen Fetterolf on August 28, 2016
Christina, so sorry to hear about your Mom. I worked with her and remember what a wonderful person she was. She always spoke of you and all the fun things you did together. May you find comfort in your memories. <3 Doreen Fetterolf
Posted by Sandra Ricchini on August 23, 2016
Christine, my thoughts are with you. So sorry hear this news.
Posted by Antoinette DiPaula on August 20, 2016
After six attempts to write something, but only breaking down to my very core at feeling the love you have for your mother, Christina and I could not write, I am still crying, but able to write now. It is the most beautiful gift of life when God gives you children who love you, respect you, care for you and honor you. I know she received that gift by having you as her daughter. You came into my life, Christina, only last year, but it was one of the best days of my life. As for your mom, when I was a little girl, I thought your mom was Natalie Wood - in terms of beauty, poise and everything that goes with being a star. I was in awe of her. I am sure you are the light of her entire being and now she is your light and your family's light to protect all of you every second of every day. Love you and may God continue to bless the beautiful person you are and I know your mom will let you know she's okay and happy. She'll send you signs from above. xoxoxox
Posted by Janet Colaianni on August 18, 2016
Words cannot express how deep a connection I had to Maria. She was my best friend for 56 years. Our spirits were interconnected. She was a precious gift to me and to so many whom she loved. Her playfulness, humor, strength, courage, beauty and love will live on in all those whose lives she touched. I will miss her greatly but feel most blessed to have had her in my life for so long a time. She will still remain my best friend forever. Prayers that we all feel God's loving presence and comfort. Janet and the Colaianni family
Posted by Michelle Gershen Ofak on August 18, 2016
So sorry for your loss- praying for peace and comfort.
Posted by JoAnne Paxson on August 18, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful person! Christina - you are all in my thoughts and prayers!!! Your mom was such a great person. Pretty, kind, fun and loving. Please cherish all the great memories you have had together! Hugs! xoxo The Paxsons!

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