Maria T. Cruz Rivera, 71, of South Willow St., Meriden passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at MidState Medical Center. She was born February 5, 1938 in SanTurce, Puerto Rico a daughter of the late Octavio and Carmen (Gonzalez) Cruz. She was the center of the family, more than a mother or grandmother and will be deeply missed by all. She is survived by a daughter, Iris Rivera of Meriden, two sons; Dean Rivera of Cape Cod, MA and Wilfredo Rivera of West Haven, three sisters; Elizabeth Acevedo of Meriden, and Jenny Burgos and Ana Troche both of Tampa, FL and three brothers; Eliseo Cruz of New Haven, Octavio Cruz Jr. and Daniel Cruz both of Tampa, FL. Maria also leaves her grandchildren, Lisette Lopez, Ivelisse and Fernando Alvarado, Lauren and Matthew Rivera, Wilfredo Rivera II , Rosalie, Ziomara, Dominic and Gena Marie Rivera, her great-grandchildren, Yasmine Brady, Kevin Brady Jr., Adaliz, Lailani, and Xavier Roman and Deanna and Nicholas Rivera, two very special friends, Nery Diaz and Louise Greene as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden on Saturday, March 14 from 1-5pm. A service will be held during this time. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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  1. i love my grandmother so much. and she will be missed beyond expressions. my favorite memory of her, is always for the holidays. her cooking is why we all ran to her house on those occasions. her smile will never be far from my site, even if she smiles with her eyes. shes on like no other.i fight my tears each time i think about her. she will always be fabulous. theres nothing better then to have her as my angel.

  2. DEAR MA, I MISS YOU SO MUCH ITS BEEN 3 LONG MONTHES SINCE YOU HAVE PASTED AND I STILL WANT TO CALL YOU AND GO TO YOUR HOUSE WERE I SPENT SO MUCH OF MY TIME WITH YAZZIE AND JUNIE. I KNOW YOU ARE NOT HURTING ANYMORE YOU ARE NOT IN PAIN AND SUFFERING LIKE I KNOW YOU DID EVERYDAY MA I PRIVILAGED TO HAVE BEEN YOUR BABY AND I AM PRIVILEGED THAT I WAS THERE WHEN THIS HAPPEND I WISH IT HAPPENED IN ANOTHER PLACE LIKE YOUR CHAIR BUT IT WASNT. IT HURT SO MUCH WHEN YOU DIED IN MY ARMS IT WAS LIKE I LOST MY CHILD. I LOST MY LIFE MA. BUT I KNOW YOU WOULD WANT ME TO BE STRONG FOR THE KIDS AND MOMMY AND THE FAMILY AND THAT IS WHAT I AM GOING TO DO MA. I KNOW YOU ARE WITH ME EVERYDAY NOT ONLY AROUND MY NECK BUT IN MY HEART AND IN MY SALA I HAVE A BIG PICTURE OF YOU AT HOME. SO YOUR WITH US EVERYDAY. I NEVER THOUGHT I SPENT SO MUCH TIME WITH YOU. YOU TOOK UP A LOT OF MY TIME KNOW THAT YOU ARE GONE I FIND I AM LOST I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH MYSELF NO ONE REALLY KNOWS HOW I FEEL. I AM SO LONELY WITHOUT YOU. BUT I KNOW YOU ARE HAPPY AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS. I LOVE YOU MA YOUR ANGEL FOR ALL OF US AND YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN NOT NEVER LOVE LISSY…..

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