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Jose A. Melendez-Rivera

July 14, 1940 ~ July 7, 2022 (age 81)

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Jose A. Melendez-Rivera

Jose Abelardo Melendez-Rivera, 81, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at his home in Lorain, Ohio.

Jose was born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico to his parents, Juan and Amelia (nee Rivera) Melendez, on July 14, 1940. He graduated from high school and went to college while in Puerto Rico and later attended Lorain County Community College. Jose served in the U. S. Army, stationed in Germany from 1963 until his honorable discharge in 1965. Afterwards, he moved to New York and worked for Marlene Industries in inventory where he met the love of his life, Jean S. (nee Gattisingh-Deosaran), in 1969. They went on to marry on September 25, 1971. He enjoyed traveling with his family to simple house chores, cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking.  Jose had a passion for gardening, from planting to tending his garden and flowers, and he especially loved animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Amelia Melendez; daughter, Sharon “Shah” Melendez; sisters, Eva, Esther, Delin, Ida, Felicia, Delia and Lida; brothers, Adan, Alfredo, and Rubeli; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Melendez; son, Eric Melendez; and brother, Josue “Anibal” Melendez.

The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, Ohio, on Monday, July 18, 2022 from 2:00 PM until the time of the funeral service at 6:00 PM, Pastor Danny Parsons, officiating with military honors by Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. The family kindly asks all visitors to wear a mask. Burial will be held at a later date at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst. Online funeral service webcast may be viewed and condolences may be sent by using


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July 18, 2022

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Funeral Service
July 18, 2022

6:00 PM
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Private Interment

Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst, Broadway, Lorain, U.S

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