Teresa Rivas, 87, of South San Francisco, CA, known to her friends and family as “Tere,” passed away on June 26, 2019. Tere was born in El Salvador to Socorro and Pastor, on October 15, 1931 which is the feast day of St. Teresa. Tere moved to San Francisco in June 1955 to marry the love of her life, Fernando. Tere and Fernando lived in San Francisco until they relocated to South San Francisco in September 1962.
Tere is survived by Fernando and her two children, Aldo and Sandra, son-in-law, Billy and her two grandchildren who she adored, Gabi and Alex. She is also survived by niece, Gloria and Gloria’s daughters, Yesenia and Joanna, nephew Jaime, grand-nephew, Sergio, children of her predeceased brother, Enrique, and predeceased nephew, Oscar. Tere is also survived by many special comadres and compadres, goddaughters and godsons, and other loved sister and brother in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, of Fernando’s extensive family in the Bay Area, El Salvador and across the U.S.
Tere’s best moments in life centered around her family and friends. Tere had a quick wit, loved to tell a joke and always wanted guests to enjoy themselves when visiting her home. Tere was known to be kind with friends and co-workers and always optimistic, beliefs she passed on to her children. Tere was also an amazing seamstress, and whipped up dresses and costumes, many times without a pattern for her family and others. Another favorite “hobby” was playing slot machines in Lake Tahoe. Tere enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and was grateful for the opportunities when she was able to visit new destinations and then share with others what she had seen. Tere was a loving mom, wife, “Lita,” “Tia,” godmother, “comadre,” and friend who will be dearly missed.