Etanislao "Don Tano" Rivera Perez, 89, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his residence while under the care of Grace Hospice following a long illness.
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Born March 13, 1923 in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in the 1950's. He worked for Penn Central Railroad and retired from Lake Terminal Railroad as a group leader in 1985 after 14 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for various greenhouses.
Etanislao was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and a part of the Cursillo movement at the church. He also was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1104-2. He enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, music and singing Christmas songs, playing dominos, and spending time with his family and his grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife 68 years, Juana (nee Vazquez); his sons, Miguel (Nancy) Rivera of Wakeman, Etanislao (Helen) Rivera Jr. of Grafton, and Johnny Rivera of Lorain; daughters, Ana L. (Phillip) Santiago, Irma A. Rivera, Carmen C. (Juan) Gonzalez, Gladys E. (Hector) Feliciano, Diana M. (Jose Louis) Milete, and Angelina Perez, all of Lorain; 25 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Angel and Victor, both of Puerto Rico; and sisters Josepha and Candelario, both of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evaristo and Catalina (nee Perez) Rivera; brothers, Nardo and Barin; sisters, Benedicta, Carmela, and Pilar; and a great-granddaughter, Rachel Bryer.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the funeral home followed by mass at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Avenue, Lorain. Rev. William Thaden, pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
To send online condolences, go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning Journal from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2013
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