Maria "Marie" Gambino of Vineland died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Lincoln Specialty Care in Vineland after suffering from a longtime illness; she was surrounded by her loving family in the end.
Maria was predeceased by her mother, Salvatrice Ann Basile-Gambino; her father, Joseph P. Basile Sr.; and grandmother, Maria Maniscalco. She was born Jan. 6, 1968, in Sicily but lived in Vineland her whole life.
Marie had many favorites: She loved cats, crabbing, going to church, celebrating the holidays with the family and spending time with her children. She loved to do so many things. She always made her children her number one priority. Maria had a smile that always brightened up everyone's day. She left us with beautiful memories. As we know, she is in a better place watching over all her loved ones.
Her daughter, Melissa, said: "It will be the little things that we will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter and although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of the little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again."
She is survived by her sister, Salvatrice Basile; her three brothers, Salvatore Gambino, Anthony Basile and Joseph Basile Jr.; father of her children, Didiel Rodriguez; her children, David Hamilyn, Christina, Melissa, Nickolas and Ashley Rodriguez; two grandchildren, Angel Rodriguez and Isaiah Ortiz; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from Sacred Heart Garden Mausoleum, 741 E. Walnut Road., Vineland. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineland.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360. Donations in memory of Maria can be made to: Anthony Basile, 568 Columbia Ave., Millville, NJ 08332. To send online condolences, visit www.ronefuneral service.com.