Joseph Rivera Sr.
Born: October 6, 1947
Died: October 19, 2016
Joseph "Joe" Rivera Sr., went peacefully to be with our Lord with his family by his side.
He was a lifelong resident of Joliet. He retired from Printing Craftsman in 1997. He was a coach to local youth for Belmont LL for 27 years and a life member of both Belmont A.C. and Ingalls Park A.C. He was a Die Hard Chicago Cubs and Washington Redskins fan. He loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his beloved dog Rocky.
He is preceded by his father, Arturo; and mother, Adela (Hernandez) Rivera; brother, Porfirio Rivera; his nephew, Adam Garcia; and his beloved granddaughter, Allison Rivera.
Joe is survived by his wife, Connie; his sons, Joe (Ruthie) Rivera, Michael (Wendy) Rivera, Anthony (Salena) Rivera; and one daughter, Rikki (Dave) Hernandez. Grandchildren, Bryan (Lindsey) Rivera, Christopher Rivera, Joseph Rivera Jr, Kai Fox, Toby Fox, Daniel Gurnitz, Jake Rivera, Josh Rivera, Michael Rivera, Brittany Gillingham, Skye Rivera, Alesia (Peanut) Rivera, Catarina Hernandez and Isabella Hernandez. Great grandson, Reid Rivera.
He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.
The family will honor his final wishes for cremation and a private burial. Please no flowers.
The Rivera family will be hosting a Memorial Mass to celebrate his life at St. Ambrose Church 1711 Burry Circle Drive, Crest Hill, IL, 60403 on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM followed by a luncheon located at Giovan's 1804 N. Larkin Avenue, Crest Hill, IL, 60403 from 11:15AM to 2:00PM. Cubs Attire encouraged.
We would also like to thank all of the doctors and nursing staff at Silver Cross Hospital, University of Chicago Cancer center and the wonderful staff of the Joliet Area Community Hospice. Thank you for all of the care that you have given to the Rivera family for the last year and a half.
Published by The Herald-News from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2016.