Ana Lopez Rivera or “Mamita” as she was affectionately known by those who loved her was called to heaven at the age of 89 on January 13, 2022, while at home surrounded by her loving family after battling Alzheimer’s for several years.
Ana was born in Moca, Puerto Rico on March 3, 1932, to Mr. Antonio Lopez and Mrs. Candelaria Quintana. Her passion for cooking authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine was her signature trademark, one she proudly passed along to her children.
Ana began her love story in 1950 when she married her late husband, Carmelo Rivera. Later in 1970, Mamita embarked on a new journey when she left “La Isla Del Encanto” and ventured to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where today her family name has echoed proudly as what many call, “The First Family of North Philadelphia”.
Through her actions, this great matriarch showed strength, hard work, resilience, and most important to her, dedication to family. All these values she instilled in her heirs known as “Los Riveras” - 12 courageous children who will continue her great legacy of family: Ana Lydia, Rosalia, Wilfredo, Hector, Francisco, Miguel Angel, Jorge, Gilberto, Carmelo, Jr., Orlando, Wanda and Magaly.
As a beloved grandmother, Mamita valued her grandchildren, 33 in all with a love that transcends the boundaries of time. The beauty of her legacy continues with 44 precious great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. All who are the treasures of her deepest affection.
The beauty of her love for family continues, as Mamita’s siblings, who loved, cared for, and honored her will miss her greatly.
Mamita’s favorite flower –the beauty of the Rose will always bring a smile to us all.
The viewing will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Rodriguez Funeral Home immediately followed by a procession to the family home in North 5th Street, culminating at her final resting place New Cathedral Cemetery 3900 N. Front Street in Philadelphia, Pa.
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