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Francisca Rivera Puchales
August 24, 1920 ~ November 30, 2023 (age 103) 103 Years Old
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Francisca Rivera Puchales, of Keansburg, formally of Florida, a cherished matriarch and a beacon of familial love, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2023, at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel. Born on August 24, 1920, in the warm and vibrant town of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, Francisca's life journey of 103 years was marked by her unwavering dedication to her family and her enduring strength of spirit.
Francisca's early years in Puerto Rico laid the foundation for a life filled with love, laughter, and the importance of close family ties. Her journey led her to the Bronx, where she spent time working diligently, packing vegetables—a testament to her work ethic and her commitment to providing for her family. Her hands, though weathered from labor, were always ready to offer comfort and support to those she loved.
The family was, without question, the central pillar of Francisca's existence. She found her greatest joy in the company of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, each of whom carried a piece of her legacy. Her love was a guiding force, shaping generations with kindness and resilience. Though she was predeceased by her beloved children, Ralph Mulero, Nelson Rivera, Victor Aponte, Lucy Santiago, and Julia Rivera, her memory will be carried forward by her surviving son and daughter-in-law, Jose and Daisy Hernandez of Keansburg, who, along with numerous descendants, are a living testament to her profound influence and boundless affection.
Francisca's life was a rich tapestry of stories, laughter, and wisdom, shared over home-cooked meals and family gatherings that often became the highlight of many cherished moments. Her home was a haven where all were welcome, and her heart was a reservoir of endless love and patience. Her ability to listen and offer sage advice was sought after by many, making her not just a matriarch but a confidante and friend.
A woman of deep faith, Francisca's spiritual strength was a source of inspiration to her family. She navigated life's trials with grace and an unwavering belief in the goodness of people and the power of prayer. Her legacy is not only in the family she raised but also in the values of faith, hope, and love that she instilled in each of her descendants.
As we bid farewell to Francisca Rivera Puchales, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a woman profoundly loved. Her memory will continue to be a guiding light for her family, a reminder of the power of unconditional love and the importance of family unity. Her laughter, her stories, and her love will echo through the generations, an eternal presence in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Though she has departed from this earthly realm, the essence of Francisca's spirit—a tapestry woven with threads of love, strength, and family—remains ever-present. We honor her life by continuing the traditions she cherished and by holding fast to the bonds of family she so deeply valued.
Francisca's life will be celebrated by her wishes, surrounded by her family and those who loved her. As we mourn her passing, we also rejoice in the knowledge that her legacy will endure, a legacy of love that transcends time and space, and that will continue to flourish in the lives of her many descendants. Rest in peace, dear Francisca, knowing that your memory will forever be cherished
Arrangements where under the direction of the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Ave. Keansburg. Cremation will be private.