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Petra Rivera

August 1, 1934 — December 20, 2021

Petra Rivera, age 87, formerly of 60 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY, died Monday, December 20, 2021, at her daughter's home in Staten Island following a brief illness.

Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico on August 1, 1934, she was the daughter of Andres and Juana (Bentancourt) Astacio. Petra married Miguel Angel Rivera on July 3, 1959. He predeceased her on February 28, 2006.

Petra had been a resident of Saranac Lake for several years, making her home at 60 Church Street. In recent years she lived with her daughter Jenny in Tupper Lake. Petra was very religious and was an active member of the New Hope Church in Lake Placid.

Petra was a petite but strong, quiet woman who enjoyed a good laugh. Her children and grandchildren treasured her joyful singing that always provided comfort at just the right moment. She loved her family dearly and had many friends that loved her. She enjoyed helping others, and when she could, she volunteered with the Meals-on-Wheels at Church Street, Saranac Lake. Petra always had a smile for any who met her and will be missed by all who knew her.

Petra was mother to six children and is survived by three daughters Jenny (George) Matthews of Tupper Lake, Dora E. Connor of Staten Island and Katherine (Robert) Fiorino of Pittsburg PA, and one son Michael Rivera of Rochester, NY, one brother John (Carmela) Bentancourt of Long Island NY, (13) grandchildren,(22) great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Petra was predeceased by her two sons, Miguel Angel Rivera, Jr. and Alvis Duran Rivera, two sisters, Dora Casanova and Cecelia Conde, and two brothers, Pastor Astacio and Angel Astacio.

Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY, on Thursday, December 30, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Michael Dukette officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery in Saranac Lake.

Friends wishing to remember Petra Rivera may make memorial contributions to the Adirondack Medical Center Oncology Department in the care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their condolences and memories at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com
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Thursday, December 30, 2021

10:00am - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.

20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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