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Alita Grace Rivera

September 12, 2021

Alita Grace Rivera, 57, passed away September 12, 2021 at her home in Newton. She was born in Wichita, Kansas on July 6, 1964 to Tony and Colleen (Willis) Rivera. Alita graduated from Newton High School. She married Alex Sanchez, and to this union was born two sons, Mitrio Sanchez of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and Dan Sanchez of Melvern, Kansas. She later married Roger Zumbrun, and to this union was born a son, Jacob Zumbrun of Denver, Colorado. Alita was preceded in death by her parents Tony and Colleen, and her life partner Alex Sanchez. She is survived by her sons Mitrio, Dan and Jacob. Three granddaughters- Azaria, Sunza, Sydnie, Three grandsons, – Isaiah, Caesar, and Aztec. Sisters- Bobbie Batterman, Juana Henry, Diana Ediger, Judi Crump. Brothers – Mike Rivera, Tony Rivera Jr., Joe Rivera.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, Sept 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm. At Volunteer Hall at Harvey County East Lake. 

Memorial donations may be made to Petersen Funeral Home to help cover expenses for the family. 

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12 thoughts on “Alita Grace Rivera

  1. To all my Kansas kin, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of dear Alita. I am so sorry I could not come out for her Celebration of Life. All my love and prayers go out to you all! She is dancing with the angels now! All our love! John and LaLa Rios

  2. I will always remember her silly, happy and playful spirit…wonderful childhood memories I’ll cherish forever.
    May the Peace, Love and Comfort of our Loving God blanket you all, my Kansas Family❤️💔❤️💔❤️💔🙏🙏🙏

  3. Alita was a friend who we didn’t see each other a lot but when we did we always had good talks. I enjoyed spending time with her at the lake and fishing and cooking. She will be missed by many.

  4. We had the best of times in high school, through her meeting Alex, getting married and working together at one point.
    I am so sad.
    Fly High and rest easy sweet, silly girl.

  5. We were so sorry to hear about Alita. Our Love , Prayers and deepest sympathy to you all.

  6. Our condolences to the family on your loss. Diana, you are especially in our hearts and prayers at this time.

  7. My sweet Aunt Alita,
    Our trauma filled talks gave me so much closure. Our fond memories of my mom and your best friend. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you Tia. I love you.

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