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Jose M. Rivera

September 11, 1930 — March 15, 2023

Meriden

Jose M. Rivera

Jose Manuel Rivera, 92, of Meriden, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Miller Memorial Community. He was the loving husband of Agripina (Rosario) Rivera for 63 years.

Jose was born on September 11, 1930 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico to the late Tiburcio and Obdulia (Munoz) Rivera. He worked for the City of New York as the Chief Supervisor of Custodial Services, retiring after 35 years of service. Jose was a member of Holy Angels Church in Meriden. He was a huge New York Mets fan and also loved gardening, music, and dancing. Jose was always the first and the last one on the dance floor.

In addition to his wife Agripina, Jose is survived by 5 children: Miriam Batista and husband Daniel of Midlothian, VA; Jose Rivera Jr. and husband Patrick McNabb of Brooklyn, NY; Maribel Rivera Smith and husband Kenneth Smith of Southington; David Rivera and wife Julie of Raleigh, NC; and Robert M. Rivera and wife Maite of Wilmington, NC; 8 granddaughters and one grandson. He is also survived by two sisters, Juany Correa and her husband Damian of Meriden and Susie Silva of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 7 siblings, a brother-in-law, Carlin Silva and his beloved pup, Ginger.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jose’s memory may be made to the Miller Memorial Community Activity Fund, 360 Broad St. #1, Meriden, CT 06450.

A Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023 at Holy Angels Church, 585 Main St., Meriden, CT. Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 12 noon at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 7202 Astoria Blvd. South, East Elmhurst, NY. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville, CT. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

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Monday, March 20, 2023

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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