Maria Rosa Blanca Perez age 77, of Stratford, beloved wife of Hector David Perez passed away peacefully on July 13, 2014 in her residence with her loving family by her side.

Maria was born on March 24, 1937 in Banes, Holguin, Cuba and was the daughter of the late Luis Felipe and Maria Serrano Blanca.

She was employed by the Bridgeport Board of Education as a bilingual teacher for 33 years.

Maria enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, friends and especially “The Golden Girls” and cooking. It was said that she cooked the best food this side of the gulf.

In addition to her beloved husband Hector, Maria is also survived by three daughters, Ana Maria Perez of Derby, Barbara Luisa Mandel of Stratford and Maria Eugenia Roach of Trumbull, three grandchildren, Nicole Marie Roach, Michael David Roach and Lauren Ann Kelly, two brothers, Mario Blanca of Orlando, FL and Jorge “Polo” Blanca of Miami, FL, one sister, Elda Blanca of Bridgeport and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Maria was also predeceased by two brothers, Luis Blanca and Antonio Blanca.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Galello-Luchansky Funeral Home, 2220 Main Street, Stratford. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery Stratford. Friends may call on Wednesday July 16, 2014 from 8:30 to 11:00 AM in the Galello-Luchansky Funeral Home.

To celebrate a life, please visit us at www.galellofuneralhome.com.