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February 3, 2012

Maria Trujillo, familiar face at South Campus Dining Hall, dies

Maria Trujillo, a dining employee at South Campus Dining Hall who had worked in University Dining Services under Aramark for five years, died last Friday.

While the Maroon could not confirm the cause of Trujillo’s death, an e-mail circulated between house listhosts said that she collapsed on Friday evening and was rushed to the hospital, where she died.

Those who worked with Trujillo said she was well-liked and admired for her work ethic.

“She was a very active lady, never missed a job, never said ‘I’m sick,’ she always looked happy,” said Maria Campa, another South Campus Dining Hall employee and a close friend of Trujillo. She added that Trujillo, who frequently worked at the dining hall’s omelet station, would often arrive a half hour early to work because “she wanted to be there for the kids.”

Richard Mason, the executive director of University Dining, said dining hall employees were informed of Trujillo’s death on Saturday, and many attended a funeral service on Wednesday at the Benson Family Funeral House.

“Aramark has a number of ways it tries to support its employees and employees’ family members in a case like this,” Mason wrote in an e-mail. “Managers rearranged their own schedules and their employees’ schedules to allow as many people as possible to attend the funeral services, where they were joined by some University staff.” He added that many Aramark employees have reached out to Trujillo’s family to offer help and support.

Second-year Daniel Brenner, a South Campus resident, said that he was stunned to hear about Trujillo’s death.

“I was a bit surprised that at least South Campus students weren’t given an official statement about Maria,” he said.

Some South Campus residents were informed of Trujillo’s death through house listhosts, and were told that they could make a donation to help cover funeral costs. A card was also placed in the dining hall that students could sign, which was brought to the funeral on Wednesday.

Trujillo is survived by two sons and one daughter.

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