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Mrs. Carmen L. (Rivera) Sierra, age 88, of Lynn, died Monday, March 20, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Jose Sierra. Born and Raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Ignacio and Rafaela (Guzman) Rivera. She moved to New York in 1954. She lived in New York and New Jersey before moving to Lynn in 1965. She worked as a Spanish Family Advocate at L.E.O. Head Start for over 36 years. Her dedication to her work in the community was evident when Head Start asked her to return to work after her retirement. She was proud to share that she retired twice. Carmen was an active and devoted parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in Lynn, where she was a member of CERS and a Cursillista. She was also in charge of the Book Table at weekly Mass and ran the Puerto Rican kiosk at the annual St. Joseph’s Church Festival
She is survived by her children, Maryann “Margie” Felix of Jersey City, N.J., Joseph Sierra and his wife, Kristine, Edwin Sierra and his wife, Sandra, Wanda Sierra, and Jacqueline Sierra, all of Lynn; nine grandchildren, Angelo, Melanie and Adam Felix of New Jersey, Maraya, Amanda, Joseph, Anthony “Tony," Bryanna Sierra and LeRei Gooding of Lynn; along with six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was the sister of Maria Teresa Alvarado of Haverhill and Josefina Saez of North Carolina. She was also the sister of the late Andres Rivera, Jose Antonio Rivera, and Ignacio Rivera, Candida Flores, and Ana Delia Martinez.
Carmen’s funeral will be held Friday, March 24, 2017, at 8 a.m. from the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, MA 01902, followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Lynn, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Carmen’s name to St. Joseph’s Church, c/o St. Joseph’s Rectory, 40 Green St., Lynn, MA 01902. Directions and guestbook at www.Solimine.com.
Published on  March 22, 2017
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