Mirtelina "Mirta" Rivera

Mirtelina “Mirta” Rivera of the Bronx closed her beautiful green eyes on January 25, 2022 at the age of 80.

Mirta was born to Antonio and Georgina Cruz on February 20, 1941 in Lajas, Puerto Rico she moved to New York where her Bronx tale journey began at the age of 12. She graduated from Jane Addams High School and retired after 32 years of hard work at Pulse Plastic.

Her tale was not always full of rainbows and butterflies but a tale of strength, perseverance, dedication but most of all LOVE, the love for her family. There were many hardships along this journey but she always maintained a loving and caring home for her children while raising them as a single mother.

Mirta wore many hats and everyone’s favorite was her ability and skills in the kitchen. She loved and had a special bond with her nieces and nephews. She was a “MOM” to all who needed guidance. You were always welcomed with loving hugs and a wonderful delicious meal.

However, the one hat to surpass everything, the one that was the epitome of her soul was her nurturing, caring and love of her children and grandchildren; she was a mother to them all.

She is survived and adored by her children, Jaime Rivera Jr, and his wife Nancy, David Rivera, Sylvia Pavlinsky and her husband Joshua, Mirta Fuentes and her Husband Mark. Six grandchildren; Jessica and her husband Daniel , Eddie, Irene, David M, Jason and Miranda, as well as four great grandchildren, Aubrey, Evan, Dylan and Julia. She is survived by her brother Antonio Cruz Jr. and Sister Idella Rios and predeceased siblings Angel, Larry, Elba, Marcus, Robinson and Hilton.

Visiting will be Wednesday 4-8pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends who would like to attend the visitation virtually may do so by clicking the following link at any time during visitation Rivera Visitation . Interment will be private.



  1. Nina Salazar on January 29, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Our loss is immeasurable, but we take comfort in knowing she is at peace. She was loved by and loved so many. We were all lucky to have her in our lives. Rest in eternal peace. You will be forever missed and never forgotten.

  2. Elba on January 29, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Th ese past 2 years have been very difficult for all of us but, knowing I had you a phone call away brought me comfort.
    When I received the call on Tuesday my heart lost another piece for it went with you when you went to join Mami, Abuela, Abuelo & your Brothers. I am at peace that you are not suffering and are with your loved ones.

    I will miss you forever and my memories will comfort me when sadness overcomes me. Thank you for being the amazing Titi to all your Nieces and Nephews. Until we meet again give Mami lots of hugs and kisses from us.

  3. Idella Rios on January 29, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Beautifully stated. She was special in the love she had for her family, never complained, and had her delicious meals waiting to enjoy. I will miss you my dear sister. I’m so certain that everyone was waiting for your arrival with open arms, kisses and hugs. Until we meet again, where our eternal love, laughter, and happiness will be in imaginable.❤️

  4. Mirta on February 1, 2022 at 6:50 am

    I miss you mommy. I don’t know how to live without you.

  5. Dennis on February 3, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Sleep in peace.. Mirta ❤ Thank you for all that you did for me and others that were not your children but you treated all of us as family.
    I almost made it on the lease i was there so much..lol
    Love always.. Denne
    thats how she always called my name..

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