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January 31, 2024
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Lucia Rivera, born Lucia Pagan on August 19th 1956, in Puerto Rico, passed away on January 31, 2024, at the age of 67 in Long Branch, NJ. She was a beloved wife, friend, and mother, leaving behind a legacy of love and compassion.
As a wife, Lucia exemplified love and dedication, creating a safe and nurturing haven for her relationship with her spouse, Gregorio Rivera. Their love knew no bounds, and Lucia's unwavering support and presence brought solace and strength to her partner throughout life's ups and downs.
Lucia's unconditional love extended to her grandchildren, Aliyah, Jaycob, Gabriella, and Giovanni, who held a special place in her heart. She cherished these precious bonds and took pride in being their biggest cheerleader. Lucia's open arms and loving smile were always ready to embrace and support her grandchildren.
As a friend, Lucia was a beacon of light and warmth. She possessed a genuine interest in others and had an empathetic nature, making her a true confidante. Lucia's friendships were built on trust, loyalty, and a deep understanding of the importance of nurturing and cherishing those connections.
Above all, Lucia's role as a mother was marked by selflessness and unconditional love. She embraced the joys and challenges of motherhood with grace and humility, always putting the needs and happiness of her daughters, Evy and Vanessa, above all else. Lucia's unwavering dedication and sacrifices ensured that her daughters had a strong foundation of love, guidance, and support throughout their lives.
Lucia will be deeply missed by her surviving family members, including her spouse, Gregorio Rivera, her daughters Evy Rivera and Vanessa Cardenas, her sons-in-law Vasco Rodrigues and Eddie Cardenas, her grandchildren Aliyah, Jaycob, Gabriella, and Giovanni, as well as her many sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Catalina and Domingo Pagan.
Lucia found solace in her faith and was a member of St. Aedan's Church in Jersey City, NJ, where she worshiped and found strength. Additionally, she had a deep love for praying, finding peace and comfort in her spiritual practice.
Lucia Rivera's kindness, warmth, and nurturing nature touched the lives of those around her in immeasurable ways. Her legacy as a loving wife, friend, and mother will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. The memories and impressions she left behind will be treasured for a lifetime.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 5 from 6-8 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home in Long Branch. Funeral Tuesday 9:30 am at the funeral home followed by a 10:30 Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Long Branch. Interment will be at Woodbine Cemetery in Oceanport. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.