Victor D. Rivera, 94, passed away February 3, 2020. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and lived most of his life in Tallmadge.
Victor served as a Merchant Marine and retired with 33 years of service as a painter/maintenance dept at General Motors. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church where he was a faithful navigator in the Knights of Columbus and was a Deputy Grand Knight. Victor enjoyed dancing, cooking and traveling. He had traveled on 33 cruises.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; parents, Juan and Maria Rivera; first wife, Helen (Trumpka); son, Stephen; brother, Juan Rivera; sister, Marie Figerola; granddaughter, Linda Rivera; and grandson, John Smithers.
Victor is survived by his sons, John (Maryann) Rivera of Streetsboro, Joseph (Laura) Rivera of Northfield Center; grandchildren, Julie Sotak (Andy), John, Jr., Jennifer Browning, Jeremy (Cherie), Dawn Nester (John), Linda Smithers, Joseph (Gabby), Dan and Gina; 25 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Ave. (On the Historic Tallmadge Circle).
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020 Our Lady of Victory Church, 73 North Ave., Tallmadge with Rev. Michael Matusz officiating.
Interment will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
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