Maria B. Bello (nee Bañaga), a resident of Pemberton, formerly of Browns Mills, passed peacefully at home on Monday, July 18, 2022 at the age of 89.
She was an avid gardener, cook (everyone loved her fried rice and egg rolls), loved and fed her voracious hummingbirds, and doted and treasured her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Born in Santa Ilocos Sur, Philippines to Carlos and Fortunata Bermundo Bañaga. Beloved wife of the late Stan. Devoted mother of Vicky (Mike), Ricky, and the late Hector. Loving Gran of Kristin Potts (Frank), Joseph Bello, Patrick Bello, and the late Damien Bello. Great Gran of Carter, Damien Jason, and Graycen. Sister of Lynn Joson and the late Lourdes, Consuelo, and Edie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
At the request of the family, services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mother of Mercy Parish, 1212 First Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.
There are no events scheduled.
Dearest Ricky, Vicky and Mike,
We are so sorry you are hurting at this difficult time. Grandma had such a beautiful presence in such a petite body. I will always remember her loving yet firm hugs, her gentle but commanding voice, and her impressive black (never dyed!) hair. May you rest in eternal peace Grandma.
All our love,
Dennis, Katrina, Dylan, Kaitlyn and Kassie
She was such a beautiful woman and, yes, her egg rolls and rice were second to none! My condolences to you, Vicky, Ricky and Mike, and to her extended family as well. You cared for her lovingly and faithfully, and that speaks to your integrity. Despite the fact you were blessed with having her in your lives for so long, I know your hearts are hurting. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Marianne (Libertella) Massi