Ismael L. Rivera

June 14th, 1940 - July 7th, 2018

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          Ismael L. Rivera, 78, of Erie, passed away Saturday July 7, 2018 at Fairview Manor after an extended illness. He was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico June 14, 1940 a son of the late Andres and Rafaela (Lozado) Rivera.

          Ismael retired as a crane operator at General Electric Co. in 2001 after 32 years of service. He enjoyed sports of all kinds especially Cincinnati Reds baseball, working on cars, but he found the most enjoyment fishing with his grandchildren.

          Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Blanca Iris (Batista) Rivera in 2006, one brother Ramon Rivera and one sister Conchita Rivera.

          Survivors include four sons, Ismael Rivera and his wife Mary Lou, Carlos Rivera and his fiancée Nicole Orengia, Jose Rivera and his fiancée Sara Fox and Eliezer Rivera and his fiancée Caelin McDaniel; and one daughter Maritza White and her husband Aaron, all of Erie; nine grandchildren, Justin, Nathan, Toni, Cameron, Karly, Lynea, Miguel, Leif and Tesla; four sisters, Delia Rivera, Celia Rivera, Palmira Rivera and Gloria Rivera and her husband Armando, several nieces and nephews also survive.

          Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd. Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend the services there Thursday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Philip Pinczewski officiating. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

          The Rivera family would like to give a special thank you to the Regional Cancer Center and to Davita for their concern and compassionate care given to their father. They would also like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Concepcion Gomez for the care they provided for their father. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD  20852.