Maria Vega Martinez
January 20, 1929 – June 2, 2020
Maria Vega Martinez was born on January 20, 1929 in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico and passed away on June 2, 2020 and is under the care of R. Stutzmann & Son.
Graveside Service will be held on June 12, 2020 at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 2030 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY.
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Friday, June 12, 2020
Maria Vega Martinez
July 1, 2020
Nana my sweet Nana. Nana I miss the old days when I was young boy and I would come to Florida to spend time with you And papa over the summer. I remember all the fun times we had and all the times we to Disney world, old town and just going to the grocery store with you. I remember one time you gave me $20 and I thought was rich. I rode my bike you bout me to the nearest Kfc and spent my whole $20 Popcorn chicken lol. You where so mad but you didn’t show it. You just told me next time spend my money on more then 1 thing. Man I miss those times. I miss coming to New York during Christmas and summer yet all that good home made Puerto Rican food listening to Salas and soaking up my Latino side and heritage. There is so much, it’s too much to say but know my sweet sweet nana I will miss and I do love you soooo much. I know your in happy place and you are with the love of your life Kenny from the Bronx. And through this hard time that worms my heart that you guys are together and that you are still with me through mind body and soul. Your best I love you!! Quintin Dwayne “MARTINEZ”. 😘🇵🇷
June 25, 2020
I sure am going to miss you. I wouldn’t know what family meant if it wasn’t for love you showed me and now I have a family of my own. I try to make sure I love them unconditionally the way you did. I make sure they are strong and resilient the way you are. I know a little piece of you lives on thoughout each and everyone of us. As for the things I never got to tell you, I just want to say thank you! Thank you for everything. Te quiero mucho!
Denise (Nina) Santiago
June 21, 2020
Why did I think that you were going to live forever? Maybe because you beat the 9 lives of a cat. 🐱 I miss you and miss coming to your house, making noise and preparing to celebrate father's day. You'd get so jealous when we'd make a fuss over daddy. I loved going to Bay Park barbecuing and flying kites with the family. We always tried to do what papa wanted and you always came along for the ride. Well nana, you have him all to yourself now. Let him have fun today.
Love you and until we meet again.
Your Loving daughter
June 14, 2020
Dearest Mom Part of me die too ! How do I begin to live again without the two people I love the most. I miss you both so much . I did my best to take care of you and dad and God knows it was not easy for me and there were times I wanted to give up but I knew that with prayers and God’s help mercy and goodness I would not abandon you and dad , so to the very end God Blessed Us All. Your loving daughter Vivian
June 13, 2020
Here's to Long Love......
June 12, 2020
Your Love & Kindness will Never, Ever be forgotten. You will ALWAYS & FOREVER hold a place of Love & Respect in my heart. Thank-You for OUR forever secret, we will laugh about it together when I get to heaven . I LOVE YOU!! xxxxooo JoJo
Denise (Nina) Santiago
June 11, 2020
Tomorrow your physical matter will be put away as in your wishes. Your spirit has already ascended into the heavens. You survived so much in your lifetime, did and witnessed so many events that you were part of history. You did really good mami. You raised a nice family and had them in your life for a very long time. You made sure to keep us close even if there were wrinkles in our relationships. It satisfied your need to love and to be loved. Gosh! You were funny ma. You had me laughing all the time with these old Puerto Rican refranes. I also loved the way you cooked and made arroz con gandules. I want you to know that all of your grandchildren cook really good. You were exquisitely beautiful. Stunningly gorgeous. I use to look at you and marvel at how crystal clear blue your eyes were. It made me feel good to have such a pretty mother. I'm so happy that you got to spend time with the great grandchildren. Unfortunately, your grandchildren are missing you terribly. They've taken your passing really hard and wish to remember you as they last saw you. I miss you and hope I told you enough that I love you.
With all of my love,
Your #2 daughter Nina
June 10, 2020
Grandma was always good to me. Made sure I wasn't hungry and held me close when I would visit. I have plenty memories with her, but I'll highlight the one that sticks with me.
When I was really young grandma with her hatchback Toyota would drive us to the mall, eat some McDonald's and we would just walk and sit in the mall. Nothing else really, but in my opinion that's what made it special.
Its that personal time that she gave to me that resonates with me because in those moments nothing else in the world mattered. Everything was okay and grandma was their for me. I'll miss you very much grandma.
Theresa D. Williams
June 10, 2020
To the families of Maria V. Martinez you all have my Sympathy of your mother.
May you all be encouraged and you all are in my prayers.
June 8, 2020
I remember some of us crashing in nana and papa's house by surprise. We would order food, play dominoes, play music, dance and having a whole bunch of laughs. Most of the time it was at papa's expense. You would ask him a question and since he couldn't hear he'd give you a totally different answer that you didn't expect. Nana would shake her head and we all would laugh. It wasn't always peaches and cream with them, but they understood each other and made it work. They knew the importance of those marriage vows and were dedicated to each other. In the end they both needed a lot of care. All of us did our part as best as we could. Whether it was monetarily, bringing in groceries, taking them to the doctors, buying them clothes, picking up their medicine, taking them out to eat whatever it took to make their lives easier. Selfishly, we wanted them to live forever. I miss them terribly.
June 7, 2020
Part III - From Ma's eldest son Nelson.
Oh! I forgot Mama, If you have access to the UWW Heaven Net (you should be tech smart by then), and your able to hack into the WWW Internet to find my writings, please know this...
1) When my time comes, I'll be expecting you to cook some of my favorites ;-)> and I don't need any Heaven dollars :-) thanks, but no, in advance for any of your heavenly offers.
2) Ma you have a new great grandson on the way, his name will be Xavier Martinez from Quintin and Odera. Another Martinez male to carry the name. You have to love that! Tell Pop :-)
3) I felt a presence within the timeframe before you passed. I was in your favorite place to be, my kitchen, at the time. I said some positive things and then the presence was gone. I'm sensing and feeling that was you. You always had a sixth sense of spiritual energy. Our house is always open for a visit from you and or Pop.
Thanks for stopping by Mama.
Of my siblings..... A Special THANK YOU to my sis Vivian, she promised she would take care of Ma and Dad until the very end. She did keep her promise even when it called for sacrifices in her own life. I will never forget that about you Sis. Ma and Dad.....you trusted your lives to Vivian and lived longer for it in the long run. Peace Be with You.
June 7, 2020
Part II - Bonita "Bo" Martinez, wife of Nelson Martinez
Thank you Mama for welcoming me as well as my parents into the family. The love that you shared with everyone will continue to surround us all. Throughout the many years, I can remember you always asking about my mother and how was she doing. During last year's visit, I didn't have the heart to remind you that she had passed away again so I said she was doing well and not suffering anymore. You continually gave me lots of love and always wanted me to stay with you whenever we visited and not go back home.
We definitely had enjoyable times together like laughing, and making faces when we talked especially if we mentioned something that Papa Kenny was doing. I can still visualize your scrunched up mouth and the turn of your head. I give Nelson the look like that sometimes. There were many family gatherings, cookouts, visits to the park and beach, weddings, birthday parties, and holiday visits. During our meals back when you were switchin' in the kitchen, you frequently told me to "eat more, eat more" at the table. Who could say no to your kind eyes? I never missed a meal at your place whether it was in Riverhead, Bay Shore, or Valley Stream? I loved our slow walks and people watching in the Green Acres mall. Up until a few years ago, we watched novellas when we visited. I still sing the "Caso Cerrado" intro whenever the show is mentioned or I talk about the shows we watched to my friends and family. :-) Recently, Papa Kenny had us watching "La Rosa de Guadalupe."
You were a survivor and outlived your siblings. You had a great life filled with many Blessings even through all the many ups and downs (nickname, Evel Knievel for your many broken bones.) Although, Mama, you are not here with us physically any more, you will forever remain within our hearts and with our spirits. Please give Papa Kenny, Tom and Betty Perry (my parents) some besitoes.
Love and miss you much! Your loving daughter, Bonita
June 7, 2020
Part I - From Ma's eldest son Nelson.
Look at their smiles, look at their holds, Happiness for sure in the picture below. Amazingly! The background is very telling if imagining that Pop was waiting for Ma at the gate of Heaven. The gate is open, Ma is with Pop once again, this time for an eternity. Is this a good or a bad thing for either one? It all depends on how you remember Ma and Pop while they were alive. After 60+ years of marriage, one can believe they Loved each other until the very end of this life and now to continue their love in the next life. I'm Happy they are together again. I'm happy they gave me life. Hopefully, a long life like God graced them.
My one regret concerning Ma? I regret not being truthful to her when I promised her I would return back to her and NY when I left the Navy. I never came back home. I know it broke her Heart and she suffered as I suffered being so far from each other, but it was my choice. Ma did what she could for her children all her life. With me, it was coming to visit and her always wanting to cook my favorite meals and it never matter to her what type of work I was doing out west, it did not matter what age I was, she felt what I can only describe as a 'mom looking after her children' to always want to know if I needed money or she would offer money. This was how generous from within her heart, how she was. I would always have to tell her no. To her It was almost like an insult to refuse her, but I would hold my ground and she would be sad, then be happy that I was just there with her. She was sometimes possessive in that if I stayed anywhere else in NY instead of under her roof, she'd be mad and sad at the same time. Much more could be said about her, but I will leave it at that. Ma as long as I keep you in my memories and heart, for me you are still alive. Peace be with you and Pop. I will miss you until you open and wait at the gate for me, just like Pop did for you.
Your loving son Nelson (Chito).
June 5, 2020
I remember all the dancing we did in your house. You sat and watched us have fun. You were always so affectionate sitting in the couch with me. I'm going to miss you, but I won't forget you. I love you with all of my heart.💖
Rest in Peace and beat Papa Kenny in dominoes.
Your Great Granddaughter
June 5, 2020
Dear cousins and family,
My heart aches for the loss of your mom, yet I know she is in glory and reunited with her love. Though I am one of the youngest cousins, I have vivid memories of her beauty and the beacon of strength and family love she modeled. I can still hear her voice saying “Kenny” at our family gatherings. I was so glad to be able to spend time with her in our last visit to NY in 2016. My family, Kip and kids, were so glad to have finally met her and your dad too. Despite her health, she had a distinct twinkle in her eye of life, joy, love and peace that was truly compelling that I will never forget and treasure in my heart. I am so sorry I cannot be with you all as you remember and celebrate her life. I will be there in spirit. My prayers are with you and family. May the Lord bring you comfort and strength. Titi Maria you will be missed immensely. Give my Tio Kenny a hug from me. Love and hugs to you all, Christine and family
June 5, 2020
The kind of love Nana had for her grand & great grandchildren was unconditional. From day one, she welcomed me, not as Elan's girlfriend-fiance-wife, but as her family. I too felt her unconditional, simple, sweet love. I'll never forget the kindness in her eyes when we would get together, as she would hold my hands and ask, "How is your grandmother?"
My favorite memory of Nana was when she and Papa drove down from NY to visit us in Florida, many moons ago. At the time we had two cats and lived in a two bedroom apartment. In the middle of the night, Sebastian, one of our kitties, decided to nuzzle Nana's face. She kept slapping poor Papa and yelling, "Stop it Kenny!" thinking it was he tickling her. The next morning, we laughed and laughed!
I can remember Christmas time several years back, when our daughter, Nana's great granddaughter shared a piece of cake with her as she sat in her lap. I couldn't tell who was more excited about the treat, as they each chuckled and savored their dessert! I wish Lily's little brother Jakey could have met Nana and shared in such sweetness!
That twinkle in her eye and her innocent, jovial giggle will sourly be missed! May we all learn to find humor and sweetness in life, just like Nana!
June 4, 2020
Sherrie and I will remember Maria(Nana) at all the parties in Denice and Robert’s house. She had the most beautiful blue eyes and a smile that went ear to ear. When she would see her grandchildren and her great grandchildren her eyes would light up with joy. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives for over 90 years. May she Rest In Peace.
With Love - Dave and Sherrie
June 4, 2020
In my earliest memory of my exquisite TitiMaria she is standing in a light breeze, smiling to herself, surrounded by a hundred colorful tulips and sifting the rich dark earth between her fingers. Her golden hair is wafting lightly on the breeze. Her other hand rests lightly on Nelson within her; great, and ready to be born. My ears are full of thunder. We are at Niagara Falls, and in this brief moment, we three, are alone with the flowers and the roaring Falls. 🌷🌹🌷
June 4, 2020
One of the most beautiful women I've ever known. A near perfect symmetry of the face, gorgeous crystal blue eyes and a wicked personality to go with it. She was fierce, strong and determined. She loved her children with a passion and her grandchildren even more. She taught me how to love my kids unconditionally and to be the glue that holds family together. She came to the USA determined to achieve the " American Dream" and that she did. She worked hard to provide for her children and was focused on always progressing and moving forward in life. No one can make pasteles better then her, and she also made a mean sancocho. Mami made sure we had the best Christmas and celebrated most holidays even if she couldn't spend it with us because of work, that meal was cooked. When she learned to drive she really learned to live driving around Florida. Mami was my rock growing up. Lord knows, she got me out of trouble numerous times. Never abandoned me. Always solid as a rock. She'd poke fun at dad and always had us hysterically laughing. She would say"Kenny, don't have my name in your mouth." Poor papi is hearing that again now. Vacation is over Kenny. She's back! Knowing her she's probably yelling at God too and has everyone at a BBQ. Those saints are eating good. I'm gonna miss that Gasoline Mary. Thanks for the Memories and for loving my children endlessly. Rest in Peace vieja. Your loving daughter, Nina
June 3, 2020
I will always&forever miss you.
Thank you for giving me Life from yours.
You gave everything you had for us. Your toughest and determination is
unmatched by any mom out there. Our
Heart's ache again and God will mend
It so we could have strength to carry on.
Love you til the end of time. . .
P.s. stop telling Daddy
to shutup, he's deaf!