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Caballero Rivero Little Havana

3344 SW 8TH ST, Miami, FL

OBITUARY

Maria Santa Cruz

September 5, 1938July 28, 2020

Maria Santa Cruz was born on September 5, 1938 and passed to eternal peace on July 28, 2020 in Philadelphia PA. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States in 1961. She lived in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida with great passion for her Cuban heritage. Maria loved to sing and dance. She studied Ballet under Alicia Alonso in Cuba's heyday in the 1950's. She was an expert in fragrances in multiple retail locations from FL to PA. She was loved by her many friends wherever she resided. She leaves behind her daughter, Irma Fralic (spouse Chris Fralic), and son Rafael J. Hernandez (spouse Annette Hernandez). Her pride and joy are her four grandchildren: Max Fralic, and Malachi, Zachary, and Samuel Hernandez. She also loved her beloved sister, Magaly Consuegra, her brother Emilio Santa Cruz, and four nephews Daniel, Marcos, and Julian Consuegra and Emilio Santa Cruz Jr. She was the anchor of the family and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet at 29 N. Narberth Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072 (610-664-3455), which was founded by her Cuban friend, Margarita de Saa.

A visitation for Maria will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 2:30 PM to 2:45 PM at Caballero Rivero Little Havana, 3344 SW 8TH ST, MIAMI, FL 33135. Following the visitation will be a funeral service from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn North 3260 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135.

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  • Irma Fralic, Daughter
  • Rafael Hernandez, Son

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    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Julian Consuegra

August 6, 2020

Goodbye my tía. The Coca Cola Queen. The Cuban ballet legend. The elegance!! Nobody had it quite like you. I am happy to have visited you before I couldn’t - I am at peace. Thank you for everything. I will give the love and cariño you taught me in my life to everyone. Love you forever.

Sara Cruz

August 4, 2020

Maria, was a good friend. Happy, courteous, sweet and always looking her best. I remember how excited she was during the happy hour at the Palace. She loved to danced. I’m sure she is conducting the happy hours event in heaven. I remember when we went to Europe where I met her cousin Sharon, we had such a great vacation. My friend I can’t believe you are gone but never forgotten. I’m going to remember you with that big smile. My condolences to the family. ❤️ You my friend!

Daniel Consuegra

August 4, 2020

Dear Tia Maria, your smile and laughter always brought so much joy into our lives. I will hold on to the memories of watching you dance and sing all throughout my life, the sweetness of your spirit, and the kindness in your heart. You never missed an opportunity to make those around you feel special.

Mary Dannenberg

August 3, 2020

Mi amiguita (my little friend) That is the way I used to call her. I am going to miss you Maria . Too many memories, a lot of good times together : laughing, dancing and singing as a duo. I will always keep you in my heart. Rest in peace . Love you.

Melinda Pendleton

August 3, 2020

With love and condolences to family and friends from all of us from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. On behalf of my mother, Margarita deSaa, we are honored to be acknowledged and I know that this would have meant a lot to my mom. I am certain that they are dancing together again. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Love, Melinda

Jennifer & Wayne Braccia

August 3, 2020

We love Maria and have so many happy memories with her. She was always there during holidays and special times. Her laughter was contagious and she loved our kids like her own. We will always keep her in our hearts 💕

Marcos Consuegra

August 2, 2020

Tia Maria was a kind and loving aunt. She would always give me advice on how to live life with integrity. When I was 9, I would call her my little flower and grab flowers from outside to bring to her. She always smiled, laughed, sang classic Cuban songs, and wanted the best for her family. I will miss my Tia very much.
Rest in peace mi flor 🌷

Magaly Consuegra

August 2, 2020

Oh my dear and beloved sister,
You were more than a sister. You always guided me. You demonstrated care and gave good advice for me and my children.
Since your departure, my heart aches, but I know that in heaven God has special place for you and you will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace.
Love
Magaly(Maggie)

Jamir Peay

August 1, 2020

Maria was a wonderful lady! She has a zest for life and loved and adored her family and friends! She was passionate about her feelings and shared her compassion for others through her efforts and actions. She was a generous hostess and severed the best coffee I have ever had in my life! She was a gentle soul with a feminine flair and a a gentile manner. She worried for her children and was attentive to their lives in every detail. She had a heart of gold ❤️

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