A memorial service for Nilka Ivette Alvarez-Rodriguez, a former Lawrence City Councilor with deep ties throughout the Merrimack Valley, takes place Friday afternoon.
Alvarez-Rodriguez, 62, of Lawrence, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She was elected to five terms on the Lawrence City Council, beginning in 1999, was chair of the Housing Committee for eight of those years. She was a member of the adjunct faculty of Merrimack College and, between 2004 and 2010, worked as program director at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Previously, she served as client services manager at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and empowerment program coordinator at Women In Need.
She was born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 5, 1960, to the late Milagros Cruz Ramos and Ismael Alvarez. She resided for many years in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to Lawrence with her family in 1998.
Alvarez-Rodriguez leaves her husband Richard Rodriguez, Lawrence’s ADA coordinator and a longtime advisory board member of Asperger Works of Haverhill. The couple celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary last month. She also leaves a sister, Milagros Alvarez; stepfather, Edwin Montalvo; two sons, Mark-Anthony Delgado (Caroline), and Kristian Delgado; niece Christine Quinones (Andres); and two grandchildren, Madilyn Milfores and Salma Maela.
The memorial service is Friday, Feb. 24, from 4-8 p.m., at Farrah Funeral Home, 133 Lawrence St., Lawrence.