Nelson Francisco Rivera-Marquinez

August 29, 1938 — June 28, 2011

Nelson Rivera, a resident of Tampa, Fla., passed away June 28, 2011, at the age of 72. Nelson was a retired U.S. Army veteran who proudly served his country for 22 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Nelsie Smith of Melbourne, Fla., and Lina Solar and her husband James of Houma; his two brothers, Louis and Edelmiro Rivera; and four sisters, Virginia Caldwell, Neris Eachus, Lillian Rivera and Digna Rivera. Nelson is also survived by three grandchildren, Joshua Doyle, Mercedes Solar and Maelina Solar.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Corina Marquinez and Vicente Rivera; his wife, Delia Rivera; and two grandchildren, Maria Smith and Jourdan Doyle.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at St. Bernadette Church hall beginning at 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 2 p.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Nelson will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Mausoleum. Graveside services will be conducted by the East St. Mary Veteran’s Funeral Squad.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the charity of your choice.

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