Maria Batíz Velázquez, 85 of New Haven died peacefully at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus on Friday, March 13, 2020 with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of forty five years to Pablo Velázquez. Maria was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on August 18, 1934, a daughter of the late José Ramón Batíz and the late Leonardo Santos, and had resided in New Haven for the past fifty one years. She is survived by three daughters, Evelyn Velázquez and Inez (Edgar Jimenez) Velázquez of New Haven and Bethzaida (Jorge) Nieves of Waterbury, five sons, José R. Velázquez, Bernabe (Ivelisse) Valázquez and Ervin Velázquez of New Haven, Hector Luís (Estel) Velázquez of Norwich and Luís "Tony" Velázquez of West Haven, thirty one grandchildren, thirty seven great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Patria and Herninia Batíz, and four brothers, Arcelio, Confesor, Porfidio and Erasmo Batíz. Maria's family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, March 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven. A funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 17th at 11>00 a.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven. www.washingtonmemorialfh.com
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