Celso Rivera Sr. son of the late Celso Rivera and the late Xiomara Borrerro was born March 21, 1946 in Penuelas, Puerto Rico. He went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 12., 2017.
He received his formal education in Puerto Rico. He later travelled to the United States and attended Theological School and trained to prepare for the calling of Pastor.
In 1969, he was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Maria M. Rivera and from this union Nilda, Carlos, Celso Jr., and the late Xiomara were born.
Pastor Rivera was pastor of Iglesia Pentecostal Fuente de Aqua Viva for the past 23 years. He was the heart of God on earth. Pastor Rivera has reached many people and shared the love of God with all. He made a difference in every life he touched. His favorite bible scripture was Psalm 91.
Pastor Rivera enjoyed fishing, gardening and the outdoors. His favorite sport was boxing. He loved working with his hands building, fixing things, etc. He was a jack of all trades. He was an exceptional husband and father. Pastor Rivera was a role model and like a father to many.
Pastor Rivera leaves to cherish his memory: his daughter, Nilda Linkenhoker (McKenzie) of Virginia; three sons; Celso Jr. (Christina), Carlos and William (son/grandson), of Delaware. Grandchildren; William, Jerrell, Christen, Anisah, Ayana, Celso III, Biancaliz, Maria, Carlos, Phylesha, Luis, and Nilda. He was preceded in death by his daughter Xiomara Rivera-Bosa. Pastor Rivera is also survived by a host of spiritual children and his beloved church family.
Funeral Service will be 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 18th at Iglesia Fuente de Aqua Viva, 1019 Brown Street, Wilmington, DE 19804, where viewing will be from 12:30-1:30 pm.
Interment will be private.