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Judith Rivas Hershowitz
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1955
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Death: May 22, 2014

Judith Rivas, a former director of library information services for the Norwalk Public Library and longtime public servant in Norwalk, died Thursday, May 22. She was 58. Ms. Rivas was born Dec. 8, 1955, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Ismael and Ramona Rivas. She worked at the Norwalk library for over 28 years. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, Fordham University and Southern Connecticut State University with a master's degree in library science.Ms. Rivas was a co-founder and member of the former United Hispanic Action of Norwalk as well as a member of several other community organizations. She especially enjoyed her work with the Wilkerson Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to needy but promising students in the Norwalk high schools.
In 1997, Rivas joined the Norwalk Common Council to complete the unfinished term of Joseph Clemmons, who had been elected to the state legislature. She was then elected to three consecutive terms in her own right. One of her proudest actions while serving on the council was advocating for the city to purchase Fodor Farm, which was slated to become an oversize condominium development. Norwalk bought the parcel, and after several years, the farm was restored and is now a gem. Ms. Rivas was then elected to the Board of Education, where she served for two-and-a-half years before leaving to care for an ailing parent.
She is survived by her husband, Neil Hershkowitz; sister Migdalia Rivas, along with her niece and nephew Jessica and Daniel Joseph of Norwalk; sister and brother, Haydee and Ismael Rivas; stepmother Carmen Rivas; stepsister Zaida Hernandez; and a niece, Nancy Rodriguez, all from the Bronx.

Norwalk Daily Voice - 05/25/14 
 
Burial:
Independent Hebrew Cemetery
Norwalk
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
 
Created by: Taquoshi
Record added: May 24, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 130288245
Judith <i>Rivas</i> Hershowitz
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You will be greatly missed.
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 24, 2014
 
 
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