Ramona Rivera Ramos, age 70, passed away peacefully, August 10, 2020, due to a massive stroke. She was born December 30th, 1949 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico to Ramon Rivera Rolon and Juana Ramos DeLeon. She eloped and married the love of her life Juan Martinez Andino on November 17th, 1974 who preceded her death in 1993.
Ramonita as she preferred to be called loved to cook and to spend time with her family. She was always in the kitchen trying out new recipes. When she cooked, she cooked for an army in case someone stopped by to visit unexpectedly. On a rainy day, she would say, “El dia esta bueno pa’ un sancocho”, so sancocho was always the rainy day special.
Around the holidays she always made arroz con dulce, tembleque, and majarete.
A tradition she continued from her mother whom everyone called Juani. She also loved to dance and plan family events. Her love for books and thirst for knowledge was evident as she often took classes online.
Ramonita led the Charismatic Prayer Group at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in New Brunswick NJ, taught CDC at St. Anthony’s Church in Lakewood NJ, and was always an active member at her local church. Her hair always had to look good and whoever gave her a bad haircut would feel her wrath. Shopping was her favorite hobby but what stood out the most about Ramonita was her strong spirit, her intelligence, her independence, her go get it attitude, and foremost her kindness.
Ramonita received her masters degree in Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) from Rutgers University. She worked for the Division for Family and Youth Services (DFYS) in NJ as a social worker for over 20 years as an adoption specialist. She received multiple awards and was often praised for how well her reports were written. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by all her family and friends.
“Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow but remember me in every tomorrow… Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles. I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile.
Understand in your hearts I’ve only gone to rest a little while.” –Unknown
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at Florida Mortuary located at 4601 N Nebraska Avenue at ten o’clock a.m.