Jean M. Pieger Rivera, age 74, of Stratford, died on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at St. Vincent Medical Center. She was the wife of the late John Anthony Rivera.

Jean was born in Bridgeport to the late Joseph and Mary Rose (Napolitano) Lenzen. She had a vigorous passion for life. Jean had a strong will and though faced with various challenges and obstacles, she managed to always remain optimistic. She was a ray of sunshine and a source of inspiration and encouragement for her family and friends.The family wishes to thank the staff at Northbridge Healthcare Center for the wonderful, compassionate care that they provided to Jean. You truly made a difference in her life and we are very grateful.

Survivors include three beloved children, Donnamarie Perez and her husband, Freddie, of Shelton, Randall Anthony Rivera of Stratford and Deanna Rivera of Stratford; two brothers, Eugene Lenzen and his wife, Susan, of Milford and Ralph Stasolovich and his wife, Valerie, of Huntington; one sister, Amelia Palmieri of California; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 6 to 9 pm at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford. All other services will be private. Please visit to share memories or leave condolences. – See more at:

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