Friday, June 18, 2010

OBITUARY: Benjamin R. Rivera

Benjamin R. Rivera
(Sept. 24, 1926-June 14, 2010)

Benjamin R. Rivera, 83, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2010 at his home in Socorro. Ben was born on September 24, 1926, in Belen to Miguel B. and Maria Gertrude (Romero) Rivera.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Cindy J. (Hubbard) Rivera of Socorro; his devoted daughters, Maria G. Rivera and companion, Anthony Turrietta of Socorro; Elizabeth A. (Rivera) Russell and husband, Eric of Albuquerque, NM; and Theresa A. (Rivera) Rosales and husband, Tommy of Lemitar; 7 grandchildren, Savannah; Brianna; Shaianne; Stephen; Elijah; Tomas; and John Benjamin; and sisters, Tita Sanchez of Socorro; and Alice Costa and husband Richard of Fremont, Calif.
Benjamin was a resident of Socorro for the past 30 years. He served in WWII with the US Marine Corps and was a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and a professional Butcher for over 20 years in California. He worked for New Mexico Tech as a groundskeeper, retiring in 1986 after 12 years of service.
Benjamin was a life long Catholic and a current member and Eucharistic Minister of San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ben enjoyed the outdoors.
Benjamin was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Rivera, January 3, 2004; sisters, Sr. Marianna Rivera; Nina Cordova; Dessie Gonzales; and brothers, Daniel, Tony, and Joe Rivera.
A Rosary will be recited on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in La Joya with Father William Sanchez as Celebrant.
Interment will take place in the La Joya Cemetery. Pallbearers are Eddie Austin, James Benjamin Rivera, Pete Sanchez, Robert Rivera, Ernie Cordova, Nigel Montano, and Seles Padilla. Honorary Pallbearers are Stephen Rivera, Elijah Russell, Tomas Rosales Jr., Roy Green, Robert Sorrels, Marcel Abeyta, Casey Hubbard, Eric Russell, Tommy Rosales, and Anthony Turrietta.
Those who wish to send condolences may do so at Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801, (575) 835-1530.

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