Mateo Angel Rivera born to Ana Rivera and Mike Oliva on December 19, 2000 passed away on November 15, 2019 at 6 PM at Highland Park Hospital surrounded by his family. He sadly passes away after an 18 month battle of brain cancer.
He was always friendly to those he met and made many many friends along the way. He participated in as many activities with several local Youth Groups and volunteering his time at Feed My Starving Children. His loved sports: Hockey, soccer. His favorite programs to watch were Ghost Stories, Horror films, Memes/epic fails on youtube. His favorite music was rock/alternative music. He had gone to music concerts of his favorite groups: Motionless in White, Greenday, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin. Although not a fan of the cold weather his favorite time of year was Halloween and Christmas. Mateo worked at Nextsort in Hoffman Estates, Mcdonalds in Waukegan, Spirit Halloween in Highland Park, Party City in Gurnee, Wedgewood Banquets in Wadsworth, and also enjoyed working at his mothers business of photoboothing.
Mateo was diagnosed with DIPG Cancer in May 2018 shortly after visiting his mother’s birth place in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He did radiation from Memorial Day to 4th of July 2018. News at the time was promising initially and had received news his tumor had shrank. In October 2018 he was given a trip through Bear Necessities to Wisconsin Dells in a cabin for 3 days. There he went on the Ducks and went on a Ghost tour. In March of 2019 Mateo was able to make the planned trip through Make a Wish with his friend from childhood, Mom and Step-dad to Los Angeles California on the 2 day travel by train. There he was finally able to see the ocean, palm trees, the Hollywood sign, a Laker game at Staples Center and Universal Studios. On the anniversary of his diagnosis Mateo was able to have a VIP day allowing him to have backstage with his favorite group Motionless in White in Grand Haven, Michigan through the Living the Dream Foundation
His final accomplishment was his ability to finish High School. He was able to participate in graduating with the class of 2019 in Waukegan.
He had an impact on anyone he was in contact with from babies to adults. It was hard to get through his persona, but for those who stuck around you were able to see his true good nature. He was forever curious and liked to explore and travel the world he lived in through real life experiences or on-line. Even through his diagnosis, he was goofy as he was forever cracking jokes or being a prankster. He would always want to try to make people laugh, especially if he saw you sad. Mateo will be truly missed by those who got to know him.
Mateo is survived by his mother Ana Rivera, step father John Zachery, grandmother Anita Gomez, aunt Luciana Alanazi, cousin Tristan Lopez, and many other cousins, aunts, and uncles across the U.S. and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He is preceded in death by his half brothers Dakota Bauman, Mike R. Oliva III, and John L Zachery III. His half sisters Taylor Carson Zachery, Jocelyn Oliva, and Karina Oliva.
Visitation is Thursday November 21, 2019 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church 10 S. Lake St. (Route 45) Mundelein. Funeral service is 11 AM Friday at the Kristan Funeral Home PC 219 West Maple Ave. (2 blocks west of Rt. 45 on Rt. 176) Mundelein. The repast will immediately follow the service at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family appreciated.