Josefina Rivera Escalera Monclova a/k/a “Chepa” entered into eternal rest at the age of 93 in Brandon, Florida on August 6th, 2020.

Born March 30, 1927 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico to Jose Carrasquillo Rivera and Inocencia Escalera (deceased). Married to Artemio Monclova Soto (deceased) on August 1, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York.

Children: Esther Monclova (Luis Cruz), Samuel Monclova (Akim) and Ruth Monclova.

Grandchildren: Carla Barbour (Bryant), Gregory Butler (Devon), Daniel Monclova, Andrew Monclova, Ainoha Hogan-Jimenez (Sergio), Joshua Wooten (Rachel), Brandon Carr (Jordan), Maya Monclova and Santana Artemio Monclova.

Great-Grandchildren: Noelle Barbour, Judah Cook, Josephine and Juliet Butler, Tadashi Monclova, Xavier Monclova, Elijah Monclova, Imari Monclova, Julia Josefina Wooten, Che Colin Carr

Siblings: Lydia Esther Madrid, Noemi Rivera, LuzCarmen Navarro, Nestor Rivera (Pilar), Ruben Rivera (Lillian), Samuel Rivera (Zoraida)

Preceded in death by siblings Tomasa Rivera (sister), Daniel, Eliseo, Pablo, Jose and David Rivera

Host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends

Josefina moved from Puerto Rico to New York in 1951, where she met and married Artermio Monclova Soto.

Accepted Christ as her Savior early in her life and was always active in church services. She taught Sunday school and directed the Sunday school department in her home church, Bethesda Christian Church in Brooklyn, NY.

She was the quintessential career mom who deeply loved her family.  She worked at Leviton Manufacturing Company in Brooklyn, NY for 42 years as a payroll clerk. She assisted many in finding and maintaining employment with the company and taught ESL classes part time.

Josefina had a love for travel and visited many locations all over the world. She loved to cruise and take groups on extended vacations.

Although she was not necessarily known as the world’s greatest cook, Josefina was known for her “Monclova Specials” in the kitchen which she enjoyed sharing with the family.

Always known for her laughter and joy, many can share memorable moments spent enjoying a good laugh (and often joyful tears) with Chepa.

Known for her beauty, grace, humility and love of family, she loved the Lord and praised His name always. Chepa will be lovingly missed, memories cherished and with much gratitude that she contributed so much to our lives.

May she rest in the loving arms of God our Father for all of eternity.

Humbly submitted by the Family.

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As far as memory serves me, Chepa’s zest for life always light up a room. Her infectious laugh, I will always remember and feel. It did not matter if I knew the reason for the laugh because I just wanted to swim in the joyous vibe! Her love of family gatherings to partake in good Boricua food cooked by my mother, her sister in law, Irma Monclova (AKA Rody), is also among fond memories. May all who are her legacy find loving memories to share for she laid the foundation of strength and everlasting family unity!


God, just recieved a beautiful Angel. Rest in Heaven, Mrs. Monclova, you will be truly missed with your beautiful smile and loving soul.


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