Maria Teresa Porras

maria porras

March 22, 1938 ~ March 18, 2023

Maria Teresa Garzon Porras, age 84, of Leonia, passed peacefully on Saturday March 18, 2023. She was born in Ecuador on March 22, 1938 to parents Leonidas Garzon and Delia Herrera. She immigrated to the United States in November 1963 and resided in Manhattan and Brooklyn before settling in Leonia, NJ.

She had a cheerful personality and her smile filled up every room. She was also a very generous and selfless woman who opened her home and arms to friends, family and neighbors. She was a dedicated and charitable Catholic who was always giving back to her community as well as an active member of her parish, St. John's the Evangelist in Leonia.

Moreover, she worked very hard to provide her five children with a strong foundation and was courageous in the strides she took to make her dreams a reality. She uplifted her children, supported them and believed in them wholeheartedly. She was a very proud mother and had her own unique bond with each of her children. She never failed to check in with her loved ones every day, especially her grandchildren, and she treasured their daily conversations. She truly was a devoted matriarch and she embraced her role in her family with pride. Her strong and nurturing character will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Predeceased by her late husband, Segundo Joaquin Porras Zambonino. Devoted mother to Patricio Porras, Leonidas Porras, Dr. Cornelio J. Porras, Fernando Porras and Anita Farfan. Adored grandmother to Christine, Jonathan, Kevin, Christopher, Steven, Ryan, Samantha, Lauren, Valerie, Fernando, and Zachary. Cherished great grandmother to David, Daniel, and Elena. Sister to Mariana and Hna. Gloria Piedad.

The family will receive their friends on Friday 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". Funeral mas will take place on Saturday at 10am at St.Johns Leonia NJ. Donations may be made to the Catholic Charities of New York.


Mass: March 25, 2023 10:00 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

Visitation: March 24, 2023 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. I will forever hold so many lovely memories of Mami and Popi through the many travels we shared. Life was always an adventure with the zeal and childlike excitement they both had for life. Each day was a new experience, but faced with laughter and anticipation. May our good Lord hold them in his loving arms. RIP

  2. My dear friend Teresita whom I will always love and consider a sister, brought much joy into my life. I will miss our visits, conversations and above all her companionship. She has left a void in mine and many other lives. My deepest condolences to the Porras and extended families. Rest in Peace until we meet again in God’s Loving Arms.

  3. I was so privileged to have known Dña. Teresita and have so many, many fond memories of her. Her family embraced me with open arms. When I was young she gave me great advise and was kind to me always. I'm am deeply saddened that she is no longer with us but happy to know that she is now reunited with her husband, Don Segundo and may both rest in peace.
    Con mucho amor…"La Lolita de afrente"

  4. Para Mi Querida Dona Tere, descanse en Paz. Tenemos hermosos recuerdos porque formamos parte de su familia. Mis condolencias para todo la familia . America Luna Diaz

  5. La familia Campaña Cueva hace llegar nuestras condolencias a la familia Porras Garzón.

    La señora Teresita una persona muy amable, querida y cariñosa. Durante el tiempo compartido fue como parte de nuestra familia.

    La extrañaremos. Que descanse en paz

  6. Querida Familia Porras. Reciban nuestras más sentidas condolencias por el fallecimiento de María Teresa. Oramos por su eterno descanso y que la Paz y el consuelo de Dios los acompañe y fortalezca. Amen.
    Familia Villagómez Díaz.

  7. Rest in God’s peace Mamita Teresita! It broke my heart to see you sick but happy to know that you are now happy and peaceful with our Lord without sickness or pain! Vaya con Dios Mamita. Usted es una persona con mucho amor y corazon muy linda. Hasta la vista otra ves en el paraiso eterna con nuestra Dios hijo Jesus! You will always stay in our heart and memories! Te amo mucho…Edith and Patrick Menchavez

  8. Mis sinceras condolencias para toda la familia, fue un placer compartir en varias ocasiones, ya que Teresita era una persona que quería reunir a toda la familia, Una ocasión reunió a la mayoría de Porras! Teresita descanse en paz, dios lo tenga en su gloria.

  9. La voluntad De Dios siempre sera mejor que la nuestra, porque sólo El sabe lo que nos conviene y de acuerdo a ello El obrara, sea cual sea su respuesta recíbela con obediencia y humildad.
    Mi más sentido pésame
    De familia Garzon Cabezas

  10. Mis sinceras condolencias a la familia Porras Garzon por la partida de Teresita, Dios les de fortaleza en estos momentos, ahora estará junto a Joaquin velando por su familia desde el cielo.

  11. Teresita, que en paz descanse. Nuestro más sentido pésame a toda la Familia Porras. Que Dios les conceda paz y consuelo en este moment difícil.

    Enviándoles un cariñoso abrazo.
    Familia Pazmino Rivera
    Familia Rivera Iturralde

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