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Kathleen Lynne Rivera


On Sunday, April 24, 2022, Kathleen Lynne Rivera, loving mother, grandmother,

sister, aunt, cousin, and friend passed away at the age of 54.


Kathleen was born on June 2, 1967 in Des Moines, Iowa to Edmundo and JoAnn

Rivera. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1985 and was proud to grow up

on the southside of Des Moines, where she spent over two decades devoted to her

career at a local printing company.


Kathleen will be best remembered for her sense of humor and her generous spirit. She

loved spending time with family and friends, and found joy in preparing her famous

Mexican dishes for social gatherings. Kathleen was considered a “mom” to many, and

she fiercely loved and protected her family. Her laugh, whether boisterous or

mischievous, will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of walking this life

alongside her.


Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Edmundo Rivera Jr.

She is survived by her children, Dalton Johnson (Brooke), Haley Johnson, and Jamie

Harclerode; her granddaughter, Toula Mae Johnson; her sisters, Andrea Rivera,

Florentina Rivera, Donna Rivera-Thomas (Scott), and Cindy Schreck (Dave); her

brothers, Terry Rivera (Jill), Brian Rivera (Cindy), and Corey Rivera; and an

incredibly large and loving extended family.


A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 10:00am at St. Anthony’s

Catholic Church (15 Indianola Rd, Des Moines, IA). In lieu of flowers, memorial

contributions can be made to the family.