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Maria C. Mercado

May 27, 1959 ~ October 25, 2021 (age 62)

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Maria C. Mercado, 62

Campbell- Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the Wasko Funeral Home, with Deacon John Rentas officiating, for Maria C. Mercado, 62.  She passed away at her home on Monday, October 25, 2020, from Endometrial Cancer

Maria was born May 27, 1959, in Lima, Peru, daughter of Patrocinio Contreras and Gregoria Mimbela. Maria received a Bachiller Profesional of Cosmetology from Lima, Peru, and a Master's from San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru.

Maria's favorite hobby was hairstyling. She loved helping friends and family find their desired looks while serving as their confidant.

Maria also enjoyed traveling, dancing, swimming, and having dinner with her family and friends. She also donated regularly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Maria will be remembered and loved for her kindness, selflessness, perseverance, and wisdom.

In hopes of building a better future for her and her son, Maria migrated to the United States from Peru. She became a U.S citizen and built a life in Campbell, Ohio, where she was able to accomplish all her goals and practice all her favorite things, particularly cosmetology. However, she had to overcome adversity to reach her goals. She learned to communicate and work while helping her son overcome childhood cancer. Maria accomplished all of this without fluently speaking English.  

Maria married Juan Mercado on March 16, 2003, in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

With her selflessness and wisdom, Maria brought the Contreras and Mercado families together. She earned the love and esteem of her step-relatives, who will miss Maria greatly. These relatives include adult step-children Millie Morales (Pito), Pucho Morales (Caty), step-grandchildren Kelsey Morales, Kendra Morales, Marc Mercado, Amaya Mercado, and step-great-grandchild Iggy Morales.

Maria will also be missed deeply by her husband, Juan Mercado; her son, Angello Astorga; her siblings Luis, Ana, Esther, Miguel, and Manuel Contreras Mimbela; her niece Karen Castro (Gonzalo Mora); Her grandnephew and grandniece Marlon and Gabrielle Mora. 

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Among her last wishes, she wanted to thank her doctors, primary care physician, Dr. Shawna Koprucki at Mercy Health, and the healthcare team of Dr. Peter Rose at the Cleveland Clinic.

The Mercado-Contreras family has entrusted the care of Maria to the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive guests on November 6, 2021, from 10:00–11:00 am.

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November 6, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wasko Funeral Home
216 Coitsville Road
Campbell, OH 44405

Memorial Service
November 6, 2021

11:00 AM
Wasko Funeral Home
216 Coitsville Road
Campbell, OH 44405

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