Nilza Kartavicius, 83

Former North Riverside resident

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Nilza H. Kartavicius (nee Rivera), 83, of Oak Park and formerly of North Riverside, died peacefully in her sleep on June 29, 2019 at the Belmont Village Assisted Living facility where she had resided since the death of her husband in 2015. 

Born in Guaymate, a town of the province of La Romana, Dominican Republic to Armando and Mercedes Marien (nee Simo) Rivera, she was the fourth of five siblings, who included Humberto Rivera, Melba Fernandez, Clarissa Amani and Sonia Garcia. 

She went on to study secretarial science at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Santa Maria Mensa. She liked to travel and was loving and attentive to her family. In times of need, they knew they could rely on her to be emotionally comforting and supportive. 

Ms. Kartavicius was happily married to Ray Kartavicius for 40 years. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Alex Rivera, Dr. Maria Rivera, Fariba Amani Weitgenant, Soraya Garcia, Mercedes Fernandez, Paris Amani, Lisa Amani, Dr. Desiree Garcia Rivera, Ismael Fernandez, Marnie Sandoval, Sandra Amani and Rafael Garcia. 

Visitation is on Wednesday, July 17 at 4 p.m. until the time of a funeral service, 6:30 p.m., at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside. Interment is Private at St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago.  

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