Elena Rivera Obituary, Death – Elena Rivera, 60, died peacefully on May 15, 2023. Elena Rivera was born on September 13, 1962, in Brooklyn, New York to Antonia (Tonita) Rivera and Angel (Papo) Rivera Sr. Elena married her dearest friend and love of her life, Sarita Rivera, on August 19, 2022, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Elena’s heart had no limits. She had a way of making people feel seen, heard, and loved. She was constantly thinking about others, providing them with a place to stay, work to do, or a conversation to grasp onto. Elena spent 13 years of her career working for Verizon Communications and later Amazon. Elena’s greatest delight, on the other hand, was found in her job as a bus driver for the Allentown school system, where she dealt with students that required particular help. She was always finding ways to share her love and light with so many others, frequently putting other people’s problems and challenges ahead of her own.
Elena was a jack of all trades outside of her professional activities. She was enthusiastic about home improvement projects, gardening, and caring for her parents, who also happened to be her neighbors. Elena was adored by everyone who met her. She was frequently meeting new friends and playing important roles in the lives of her loved ones. Elena was loved for her sense of humor, her strong love, and the brightness she carried. She was the rock of her family, participating in everything wonderful that happened and always the first to figure out how to put things right. Elena left a legacy of love, generosity, and strength in the lives of everyone she touched.
Elena’s parents, Antonia and Angel Rivera Sr., her wife Sarita Rivera, her daughter Carmen Giselle Minsal, and her brothers Angel Luis Rivera Jr. and Angel Rivera survive her. In heaven, she will be reunited with her youngest brother, Jerry Rivera. All who knew her will miss her terribly.
Please join us on Saturday, May 20, 2023, in honoring our incredible mother/daughter/wife/friend. Everyone is invited to the closed casket viewing at 10 a.m. and to express their thoughts, prayers, or recollections during the service at 12 p.m.