Graciela Rivera Zumchak

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania


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July 17, 2011Graciela Rivera Zumchak, 90, of Mays Landing, N.J., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 17, 2011. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Joseph Zumchak of Wilkes Barre; son Joseph Zumchak Jr. of Port Richey, Fla.; and seven brothers and...

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My family and I will always remember this sweet lady. We will never forget her "Ave Maria" performance during our relative's funeral four years ago. Her positive spirit was an example to all who knew her. Rest in peace, Graciela.

I will always be thankful for how Graciela took care of Joey and I, as her grandchildren. With her, I learned how to fly from one city to another, since she was a pro at that. She was, and should remain as, a great cultural icon in Puerto Rico. It's nice to be able to say that I learned to appreciate classical music from her, and I will always remember her powerful voice. Se le quiere Graciela.

Bill and I wish to express our condolences I know it is not easy to lose a parent. There is never enough time to be with loved ones.

Gary & family,

We're very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in this time of sorrow.
Candy & Don

I wish to express my condolences upon hearing of Graciela's passing. My late Father Bronis Voveris, many years ago had the distinction of meeting her and conducting the King's College Men in Red in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He acknowledged to our family how beautiful she was in person as well as voice. There were other opera stars he personally taught in our home, but Graciala was tops, Sincerely

I never knew Graciela but is sounds as if she had an amazing life and did so much for her community. Her picture is what first got my attention. My guess is she was just as beautiful on the inside and she was on the outside. May she rest in peace and may her family have many wonderful memories of her.