Marcelina G. “Celita” Rivera of St. George’s Hill on St. Croix died Friday, June 2 at the age of 105.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, June 16, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Frederiksted Cemetery.
Rivera is survived by her daughters Rosemarie Rivera, Luz Rivera, Sarita Rivera and Aida Rivera; sons Thomas Rivera, Angel Rivera, Johnny Rivera, Ulises Rivera, Dimas Rivera, Javier Rivera and Carlos Rivera; grandchildren Thommy, Hilga, Lizandro, Wanda, Gisella, Carlita, Nancy, Elizabeth, Erica, Diana, Celia, Lysette, Priscilla, Jeannette, Alize, Jeany, Ulises Jr., Timothy, Frankie, Rodney, Elvis, Betty, Yolanda, and Sandra Rivera, Luis Jr., Irvin, Eddy and Veronica Ruiz, Lionel Edo, Hector, Tito, and Eddy Saldana, Daisy, Alyida and Loused Ramirez, Sarita Burgos, Doris Casey and Rey Carmona, Daisy Bermudez, Janetv, Sandy, Tony and Rosemarie Nieves, Raul, Joe and Hector Alamo, Carlita and Yahira Pena and Mikey Ruiz; sister: Carmen Parrilla; nieces: Hilda Parilla, Lydia Garcia, Lydia Garcia-Camacho, Lucy Garcia, and Teotista Roldan; nephews: Ralphy Garcia, George “Papo” and Maximo Garcia; daughter-in-law: Carmen L. Rivera; sons-in-law: Gerson Rodriguez, Ignacio Nieves and Vicente Lugo; and special friends: Ibia Ivy Rivera.
She was preceded in death by her daughters: Carlota Rivera-Ramirez and Sylvia Rivera; sons: Vincent and Gabriel Rivera; brothers: Monserrate and Luis Garcia; and nephews: Tito Garcia and Luis Garcia.
The family extends thanks to Dr. Ramesh Lakhram and Liza R. Ryan, as well as other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.