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To the Paradise departed the beloved Servant of Christ, Mrs. Mary Samir Andraos Aziz, the precious wife of Dr. Hany Aziz (John Gabriel)and  the  Beloved Mother of David and Daniel Gabriel. She is the beloved daughter of the late Mr. Samir Andraos & Mrs. Laila Andraos. Mary is the Sister of Nermeen Basta, who is married to Mr. Ashraf Basta whose children are Andrew, Michael & Anthony. She is the sister-in-law of Dr. Jacqueline Nakhla who is married to Dr. Nabil Nakhla whose children are Dimitry & Jonathan. Mary’s in-laws are Mr. Shawky Aziz & Mrs. Antoinette Aziz. Arrangements will be announced as soon as the beloved Mary arrives to NJ. May the Lord of all Comfort console the hearts of the family, friends & fellow servants and repose her pure soul in the Paradise of Joy.

Service Update: The wake will be Friday 7-9pm at St. Mina’s (132 Highway 34, Holmdel, NJ) and the Funeral will also be at St. Mina’s on Saturday morning 10:30am after the Divine Liturgy.

They will receive condolences at the wake on Friday evening.

Donations can be made here 

Thirteen years ago, Mary and John Gabriel were joined in marriage in their shared church in Holmdel, New Jersey. Their memorable ceremony was full of joy, family, and the promise of a loving life. Soon after, they were blessed with two boys, David and Daniel. This beautiful family enchanted us and enjoyed their life together on Staten Island, in New Jersey, and eventually in Florida, spreading love to everyone they touched.
As everyone knows, if you were looking for the Gabriel family, you could find them in church. Both Mary and John led their children in the word of God, remaining devout and graceful each day.

On Friday, September 8th, there was a mandatory evacuation in Tampa, Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Mary and John packed up their kids and began the move on Friday night through early Saturday morning. During the drive, their car was struck head-on by a driver on the opposite side of the road, causing a fatal accident. John remains in crutches while David suffers serious injuries to his neck and back. Daniel, thankfully, emerged with only minor injuries. They lost their car, their dog Ruffles, but, most importantly, their loving mother. Unfortunately, and to the despair of her family and many close friends, Mary Andraos-Gabriel, a true light in this world, did not survive the impact.

Due to the hurricanes in Florida, we are unsure about the state of the family’s belongings. While we are praying for as little destruction as possible, they may return, injured and motherless, to find nothing left. The lives of John, David, and Daniel have been forever changed.

The family of Mary Andraos-Gabriel are humbly asking for your financial assistance during this great time of need. While no amount of money will replace the loss of their mother, we are hoping to ease their burden as much as possible. This family has an endless amount of healing ahead, both physically and emotionally. Please find it in your hearts to donate to this beautiful family. Every penny and prayer counts and is much appreciated. We are endlessly grateful for any help you can provide.

Thank you,
With love from the family of Mary Androas-Gabriel.

Donations can be made here 

  1. September 13, 2017

    I am so sorry for their loss. Mary was truly an amazing person who I will remember forever. Her sweet, warm and inviting smile was something I personally looked forward to every week at church. Her boys are amazing young deacons which would give everyone confidence and hope in the future of our church. I pray that the Lord comforts Hany and his boys and guides them to continue the journey that He has set for them.

  2. September 13, 2017

    I don’t know Merry but when I see this, I couldn’t control my self. My eyes filled witj tears and start crying as if I know her and the family for long times. My heart broken. May the Almighty God keep her Soul in Heaven. Amen.

  3. September 13, 2017

    Are the services in Holmdel or Queens?

  4. September 13, 2017

    No words can be said here except stay strong and as you know Mom is in a better place. May God rest her soul and give you the strength to keep going. tears are in all our eyes yet to look at heaven and thank God that the rest survived. God bless your Family

  5. September 13, 2017

    It is with a broken heart that We are sending our deepest sympathies and condolences to Hany, David, and Daniel, and the whole family for the great loss, Mary was such an angel, may Christ Jesus Our Lord God and Good Savior repose her pure soul in Paradise, and may The Holy Spirit comfort the whole family and grant them peace and healing +++

  6. September 13, 2017

    We are so saddened from this devastating news. Our heartfelt condolences go out the family. Mary was a beautiful person with an angelic smile. We are praying that God will grant the family serenity, peace and comfort. May the soul of Mary rest in the everlasting peace of Christ Almighty.

  7. September 13, 2017

    It is still almost impossible to imagine Mary is not among us. The loss is so deep and so painful. Her legacy is so great although her life was too brief! Her smile, sweetness, friendship, and loyalty to her family and friends are firever ingrained in our memories! May God ease your hearts and help you find peace in the knowledge that she is in Paradise now smiling down on us. Until we meet again Mary…

  8. September 13, 2017

    My condolences to Hany, David, Daniel, Taunt Layla, Nermeen and the entire family. I will miss Mary’s smile. She was an angel on earth and now an angel in heaven. It is impossible to imagine that she isn’t among us anymore. I want to thank Mary for being here for me when my dad passed on. Her support and her smile comforted me in the hardest time in my life. Love you Mary. Pray for us! Until we meet again……

  9. September 14, 2017

    Mary was and is an Angel and a fairhful servant who brought light to everyone who met her . May Christ repose her soul in the glorious places. May Gods grace bless Dr John ,David and Daniel with Peace Healing .

  10. September 15, 2017

    Our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Mary’s Family.
    May her soul Rest In Peace and the Lord Jesus Christ grant you comfort during this difficult times.
    May her memory be eternal…
    The Zeitoun Family

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