Maria A. Dancel

February 26, 1938January 3, 2020

Maria, also known as “Auntie” amongst her family, came to the USA in 1977 and became a U.S. citizen on November 23, 1983. She was the demonstration of the “American Dream” as she brought forth the pathway for other family members through her hard work and amenable actions. She worked in various facilities, but found her place in Lourdes Hospital of Burlington where she retired after 25 years without missing a day of work. She was adored by patients, co-workers and management as she was dedicated in providing the best care possible.

Maria continued to be active by working in doctors’ offices and cleaned the homes of friends who were in need. Her dedication to provide loving care extended beyond her employment.

Maria’s labor of love is cherished within her adoring family. She loved to cook, garden and make any home she entered into a place of safety and comfort. She was a talented gardener who grew various flowers, fruits and vegetables ranging from domestic to exotic.

Maria lived a life that demonstrated faithfulness, hard work, enduring love and persistence. She was a faithful woman who never held a grudge. Maria was a blessing to her family and all who encountered her. Our family will never be the same again as her sweet memories are incomparable and irreplaceable. The pain of Auntie’s physical passing will not erase the imprint she left in our hearts.

Maria returned to be with Our Father in heaven on January 3, 2020 in Lexington Hospital, SC. Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Dancel, in 1980. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Dadulla in the Philippines, Conchita Dancel of Millville; niece, Florencia Baker and husband, Gerald Baker; niece, Rachel (Baker) Raczkowski, with whom she lived for many years; Rachel and Nicholas Raczkowski’s daughters, AJ, Lilian and Kalee; nephews, Romeo, Ronnie, Mauro, Boyet Dancel with their families as well as nieces, Gloria Lazaro, Josie Oteyza, Sosima Villamil, along with their families and several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted in New Jersey. Burial will follow at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Cancer Association.


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Maria A. Dancel

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Helen Alon

January 10, 2020

We met "Auntie" (as everybody from our group calls her) when Flo joined our Dance Group ( FAAGC Young at Heart Group) in Sept. 2018. She was almost always present during our dance practices every weekend in our house. During dance practice breaks and whenever I played some music she likes, she would always dance with us and never seemed to get tired. When she had nothing to do, she would always wash and dried the used dishes . She was actually one of the most witty women of her age I met. I will surely miss her during our upcoming practices again. May you rest in peace, "Auntie "Maria.

Barbara Bovenzi

January 8, 2020

She was one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever came in contact with,she will be sadly missed. Rest in peace dear auntie love you.