Rivers, Deanna Marie CLIFTON PARK Deanna Marie Rivers, who last week celebrated her 17th birthday, died tragically Saturday, December 1, 2012 as the result of a two-car motor vehicle accident on I-87, south of exit 8. Born in Troy on November 23, 1995, she was the loving daughter of Brian and Deborah Lanzone Rivers. Deanna was a member of the Shenendehowa Central School's Class of 2013, and was looking forward to graduation this June and entering the College of St. Rose, Albany where she would have pursued a teaching career. A member of the National Honor Society at Shen, Deanna loved softball, and was the scrappy second baseman for the Lady Plainsman softball team. She also played many years with the ASA softball program in Clifton Park, and was a member of the area traveling league. She also was the proud team manager of the men's varsity basketball team at Shen. An active member of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park, Deanna taught religious instruction to the church's youth. Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her younger sister, Jenna Elizabeth Rivers; her grandparents, Joseph and Mary Carol Lanzone of Mechanicville, and the late Bernard and Barbara Kohler Rivers. Also aunts and uncles, Debbie and John Wentworth of Clifton Park, Kevin and Michele Rivers of Mechanicville, Pam and Joe Fusco of South Carolina, Diane and Anthony Zappone of Clifton Park, Cathy and Rick Reed of Halfmoon, Joseph and Ceil Lanzone of Mechanicville, along with a large number of great aunts, uncles, cousins and her many friends at Shenendehowa Central School. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Road, with burial in St. Paul's Cemetery, Mechanicville. Calling hours at St. Edward the Confessor Church on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Deanna's family suggests remembrances be made to the Deanna Marie Rivers Memorial Scholarship, c/o Shenendehowa Central School, 5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, 12065, in loving memory of Deanna. Arrangements by the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Mechanicville. Visit devito-salvadorefh.com to leave condolences and for directions.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 4, 2012