May 27, 1933 - October 16, 2018
Born in Eagle Pass, Texas
Resided in Salinas, California
Her family moved to California when she was a young girl. Here, they ended up in Boronda, (a small suburb of Salinas), where they lived a short time. Her parents moved one last time, settling in Alisal. She attended Sherwood School and El Sausal Junior High. Her schooling was cut short when out of necessity she was pulled out of school in the eighth grade to help support the family. It was for this reason that she was adamant that her children do well in school and attend college. Her efforts were rewarded as both of her children received their college degrees. This consistency paid off as is evident in her grandchildren’s education as well with majors in law, medicine, geology, and managerial economics. She worked at Spiegel Foods (Dalgety Foods) for many years. It was there that she met Rudy Rivera, to whom she was married for over fifty years. Together they raised their two children. Her husband later became a minister of The First Spanish Christian Church. She was honored to be a minister’s wife, assisting him with their small congregation. She taught herself how to play the guitar and played every Sunday at church. She learned a few chords on the piano and even wrote one song. She loved music and you would often hear her singing while doing her daily chores. She was a very hospitable lady, feeding anyone who came to visit. She could whip up a satisfying meal within 30 minutes using anything she had in the refrigerator, which also included making a batch of fresh tortillas. She even once sent fresh tortillas by overnight FedEx to all of her grandchildren and also to a childhood neighbor who had moved to Alabama. She was very talented in embroidery, crocheting, and sewing, making choir robes for the church’s children’s choir and costumes for the Christmas play. She taught Sunday School for many years. She also taught Vacation Bible School during the summer to primary-age children, having them do various arts and crafts which she would design. Her favorite place to be was at the ocean. She would often drive to Marina State Beach just to watch the waves, then drive home.
Janie was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy Rivera; parents, Miguel and Guadalupe Garza; sisters, Florida Mendoza, Lucia Menchaca, Mary Sanchez, and Monica Sanchez.
She is survived by her children, Mark (Paige) Rivera, and Dora (Joshua) Valverde; grandchildren Hannah Bezanson (Courtney Edwards), Sarah (Tony) Mahr , Regina (Evan) Chessari, Esq., Joshua Valverde, Jr, M.D., Keith (Amy) Rivera, Jaina (Joey) Garcia, and Jonan Valverde; great- grandchildren, Jolene Garcia, Harper Edwards, Henry Chessari ,and Judah Garcia; siblings, Liz Flores, Ethel (Ray) Peterson, Paul (Lupe) Garza, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the following individuals who were helpful with her care: Anita Aguilar, Jeff Valverde, Natalie Soto, Sandra Lemos, and Marlene Robison. They are also grateful for the care given by the Hospice staff.
Visitation will be held 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas, CA. 93901.
Evening Service will be held 6:30-9:00 Friday, October 26, 2018 at Christ the Rock Church, 61 N. Sanborn Rd, Salinas, CA. 93905. (rear parking at 34 Rincon).
Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10:00 at Christ the Rock Church, 61 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, CA. 93905.
Burial following at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Salinas, California 93901
Salinas, California 93905
Salinas, California 93905
Salinas, CA US 93901