MENDEZ, MARIA L., - 52, ,passed away at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. on Sunday, April 18, 2017, with her family at her bedside. Maria was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, the daughter of the late Ismael Mendez and Confessora Beltran. She moved to New York as an infant and was educated in New York and New Jersey. Maria enjoyed being with her grandchildren. She is remembered as a fashionable woman who enjoyed shopping and reading. She was employed as a clerk for various temp agencies in the Greater Lawrence area. Maria is survived by her husband of 25 years, Julio Pena of Lawrence MA.; two sons, Santos Suarez and Jonathan Suarez, both of Lawrence, MA.; two daughters, Jennifer Suarez and Natasha Martinez, both of Lawrence, MA.. Also surviving Maria are 5 grandchildren and 5 sisters. Services for Maria L. Mendez will be conducted 11:30am Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Gormley Funeral Home LLC 2706 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home from 10:00am. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Route 40, Mays Landing, NJ.