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Mercedes Benitez Flores

August 10, 1962 — April 15, 2024


We are sad to announce the passing of Mercedes Benitez Flores , aged 61, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2024, at hospital of San Juan de Dios in San Miguel El Salvador.  Mercedes passed away surrounded by their loved ones after a long battle with cancer and has survived since 2011.
She was born on August 10 1962 in Chilanga Morazán El Salvador , to Pedro Benitez and Maria Elisa Benitez Flores . She was the second of seven children. Mercedes , also known as “Meche.” or  Canecha by her siblings. At the age of 19, she left the country to Spain. In 1983 at age of 20 she had her first daughter Zulma Benitez in Spain. In 1984 at aged 21, she went back to El Salvador pregnant of her second son Javier Benitez born in Morazon El Salvador. In 1985 she migrated to USA to support her children. Then met Modesto Villatoro who she married to and in 1989 aged 26, had her third child Ingrid Villatoro Benitez (her baby)born in Washington DC. She always bragged about having 3 children from 3 different nationalities.
In 1992 she went back to Salvador with legal status to pick up her two-children to finally to be united together. In June 2000 , she became a proud USA citizens.

She was the first family member to paved the way for families and friends to migrate and legalize their status in the USA. She also went above and beyond and offered shelter for them to get on their feet’s.

She worked to bring her family to the United States of America for a better life. Mercedes was very outgoing hardworking and loved exploring and going on adventures. She was devoted, mother, sister, aunt , cousin, grandmother and a friend. Mercedes always had the ability to make anyone laugh. Mercedes is survived by her daughter Zulma Benitez , her son Javier Benitez ,third daughter Ingrid Benitez, 7 grandchildren, siblings and parents.

Family, friends, and others are invited to the  Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A. to reminisce and honor the life of Mercedes.

Servicio de valuación
Viewing service
7800 Good Luck Rd, Lanham, MD 20706
Viernes / Friday 5-10-2024
7pm - 10:30pm

Servicio Antes del Entierro
Service Before Burial
Gasch's Funeral Home P.A.
4739 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Sábado / Saturday 5-11-2024
10am - 12:30pm

Entierro / Burial
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
3401 Bladensburg Rd, Brentwood, MD 20722
Sábado / Saturday 5-11-2024
1pm - 2pm.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, May 10, 2024

7:00 - 10:30 pm (Eastern time)

Trinity Assembly of God Church

7800 Good Luck Rd, Lanham, MD 20706

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Funeral Service

Saturday, May 11, 2024

10:00am - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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