María Del Carmen Camacho

Queen Maria

Rochester NY:  September 24, 2015.  Ms. María Del Carmen Camacho was born on November 4, 1954 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She was raised in New York City by her mother, Petra Figueras (Deceased).  She completed high school in 1970 at Amityville Memorial High School in Amityville, New York. In 1974 she completed her Bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Brockport and in 1974 completed her Master’s degree from Nazareth College.

María taught some years in Germany but spent most of her career as a bilingual teacher for the Rochester City School District. She has taught for 38 years. She was dedicated, passionate and caring to all the students that passed through her classroom. María was an advocate to the equality of all students especially the students that she serviced at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., School #9.

She is survived by her son Dario S. Camacho, her grandson Dario W. Camacho, her long-time friend and health care agent, Ivette Robles and a host of other relatives and friends.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11A.M., Saint Michael’s Church, 124 Evergreen Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Private Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300,


10 Condolences

  1. Barb Nielander on September 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

    We worked together for over 20 years. I will miss Maria greatly. I always admired her strong faith. She made me smile.

  2. Isora Cruz-Palmer on September 30, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    My Dear Friend. I just spoke with you a couple of weeks ago. Still can’t believe you are gone. You made a mark in this world, and will always be remembered with love. Sending my thoughts to Dario, and his family.

  3. Nilda Carmona on September 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    We will miss you!!
    Our deepest sympathy to Dario & family.
    Villamil-Carmona family

  4. Jim Renes on October 1, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Maria, a beautiful shining light has been dimmed with your passing. My sincerest condolences to Dario and your family. May your memory be eternal. Jim Renes

  5. Beatrice Jones on October 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Maria you were a dear, loving and wonderful friend that I worked with at Gelnhausen Elementary School in Germany.I can’t believe you are gone God had other plans for you as one of his angels.
    Love you.
    Beatrice Jones

  6. China on October 2, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Maria’s passing. My heart felt condolences to Dario and family.

  7. Deatra Spratling on October 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    My family and I are so sadden by your passing. We had so many wonderful times together in Germany at Gelnhausen Elementary School. We will miss your loving and caring smile. We love you forever!
    Deatra, Obie, Courtney, Jaytonia and Aldonia Spratling
    Gainesville, Florida

  8. Terri Ernst on October 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Maria you were always there for the children. You always kept us on our toes at number nine. You cared more about each child than the politics of education . I had so much fun teaching with you and sharing good times together It is true…heaven has another Angel.

  9. tyrone mathews on October 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    My teacher from gelnhausen my prayers and condolences to the family you will b missed dearly…

  10. Yeslian on December 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Hey Ms.Camacho,
    It’s been years and your death still hurts. I remember sitting in class expecting good news. I really believed you would get better. I miss talking to you on the phone late at night. You were an amazing teacher. You were strict but funny. Do you remember the time you thought we took your glasses and you were blaming Yamil for taking them and when you stood up it was on your chair??? That was funny. Do you also remember when you FaceTimed our 2nd grade teacher. Ms.Tyo. She moved to Brasil and we were so upset. You really put a smile on our faces. You really were an amazing teacher. I still don’t understand it. I remember being mad at you at one point b/c you never told us you were battling with cancer. (I’m not sure if it was cancer but🤷‍♀️) I hope your at peace. Idk if you’re watching over me but I want you to know that I will never forget you. I’ve been struggling. Yk i forgot about you for 4or 3 years. Today I went through one of the old folders they gave me when I graduated 6th grade and I was looking at all my work. Your name was on top of some of them. I started to think about how crazy it is to think you’ll wake up one day and escape the everything to be like how it normally is, but that wasn’t a normal day. Just thinking about how one day you see that one person smiling, joking around, and then the next their gone. I’d like to think your still here. Ms. You really hurted me. You weren’t supposed to go yet. You mad a difference in my life. You really did. If only I could have just one more day with you. I don’t remember the last thing you told me. I want to but my memory is just foggy. I hope you saw the video we made for you. It was 2 days before you died. Mr.Hill called a couple of us to make a video for you and I was one of them. We sat there talking about you hoping you would get better just by seeing the video. I really do hope you smiled when you saw it. We talked about so many hilarious things you’ve done or things that were meaningful for us that you’ve done. I talked about how I would call you in the middle of the night just to talk to you. My sister did too. We really did care for you. I still do. I’m not sure if my sister remembers you but I do. Anyways I wanted to pretend to tell you all this hoping for a response, even though Ik you won’t answer. I hope your family is doing better now. I love you Ms.Camacho.

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