Gloria Rivera

Obituary of Gloria M. Rivera

She was born Gloria M. Walker to Jose Walker and Ursula Pimentel on February 6, 1931 as one of the youngest of 10 children in Carolina, Puerto Rico. At the age of 16, she came to the United States to live with her elder sister Eva and in the early 1950’s was reunited with a middle school acquaintance from Puerto Rico, Reinaldo Rivera, before marrying in 1953. Gloria and Reinaldo were married for nearly 49 years until his passing in 2002. Gloria loved four things besides her family—television, church, shopping and travel. Gloria was an avid fan of game, variety, and more recently court tv shows. Her particular favorites were Judge Judy, Caso Cerrado, The Price is Right (Bob Barker era only!), Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune, typically watching while simultaneously doing her latest crossword finds. Like every true Latin American, it wasn’t truly the weekend without Sabado Gigante in the background. With an encyclopedic knowledge of the NYC public bus system, Gloria travelled extensively throughout the city on adventures in healthcare, visiting friends/family, and scoring her next sales victory at the supermarket or “Dollar Store”. Her love of travel took her on regular visits to Puerto Rico, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, DC, and Maryland. She especially loved her annual trips to Colorado where she relished the sunshine, mountain views, and suburban shopping with new friends she made out west. As a devoted member of her church for 28 years, she leveraged her entrepreneurial talents, serving multiple terms as treasurer while also running a small business out of her trusty shopping cart, selling items from her shopping adventures to members, with the proceeds going back to her church and other philanthropic endeavors. Gloria was a very short woman with the biggest and warmest heart. Despite the many hardships she encountered throughout her life, she overcame them all with an infectious laugh, a wonderful sense of humor, her faith, and the positive spirit she always carried herself with till the very end. To know Gloria was to know someone who would literally stop to smell the roses without a care in the world. In addition to her four children, Julia, Reinaldo Jr (Rey), Jorge, and Roberto, her daughter-in-law Deborah (Debbie), and three grandsons Marc, Gabriel, and Reinaldo III (Little Rey), Gloria leaves behind a host of extended family and friends who will miss her very much as they carry on her legacy and honor her life moving forward. Viewing will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 2:00 - 5:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. in Farenga Bros. Funeral Home, 920 Allerton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10469 Interment will take place on Saturday March 7, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, NY
Friday
6
March

Viewing

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, March 6, 2020
Farenga Brothers Inc. Funeral Home
920 Allerton Ave
Bronx, New York, United States
(718) 654-0500
Friday
6
March

Viewing

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, March 6, 2020
Farenga Brothers Inc. Funeral Home
920 Allerton Ave
Bronx, New York, United States
(718) 654-0500
Saturday
7
March

Interment

10:30 am
Saturday, March 7, 2020
St. Raymonds Cemetery
2600 Lafayette Ave
Bronx, New York, United States
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