Maria is the daughter of Aniello and Anna. She has two siblings, two nieces, one nephew, and twenty-four cousins. Once a year the family has a reunion to celebrate the lives of their grandparents who instilled integrity, strong work ethic and a strong family bond of unconditional love in them.
Maria spoke Italian until first grade. She was sent home to learn English. She is tri-lingual. Her father owned two Italian restaurants in Brooklyn, New York where she was raised. He also worked construction in NYC on many famous landmarks in order to enable his children to go to college. Maria's mother worked part-time as a seamstress. Both are retired.