March 18, 1968 - November 5, 2021


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Monica Munoz de Rivera, age 53 passed away peacefully on Friday, November 5th 2021. She was born
March 18th, 1968, in the glamorous city of Paris, France. She spent most of her younger years in Paris and
then ventured to Spain with her family until she was in her mid-teens. She then proceeded to move with
her family to New York where she graduated from Julia Richman High School, attended St.John’s
University and Queen’s College, as well as received a hand in marriage.
Monica was a loving wife and best friend of her one and only love of 29 years, the surviving spouse, Juan
Elias Acosta. She was a devoted and caring mother of Stephan Elias Acosta. Most importantly, she was a
compassionate and admirable soul who impacted countless lives for the better.
In New York, Monica began her career at Whitestone School for Child Development in administration.
When she moved to Florida, she began working for Health First in their administrative department. After
a few years of administrative work, she sought a change and decided on teaching the generations to come.
She began teaching French and Spanish at Bayside High School in Palm Bay. From there, she
transitioned workplaces and became one of the first teachers at Viera High School the same year it had
opened to continue teaching French and Spanish. Soon after, she became the foreign language chair for
the school at Viera High School. In addition to teaching classes at the high school level, she was also a
Spanish Professor at the local community college. She always drove her students to become the best
versions of themselves both inside and outside of the classroom.
Her hobbies included traveling, gathering with friends and family, and art such as paintings and
sculptures. She was an avid traveler who ventured across a number of countries in her lifetime in search
of cultural enlightenment. When she was in college, she minored in art and was fascinated by all the
talented artists and styles alike that this world had to offer.
Unfortunately, in her later years, Monica’s health began to decline. She developed a number of health
complications, but she still always wore a proud smile on her face and maintained a positive outlook on
life because of her faith in God – this gave her the strength and perseverance to continue forward.
She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
In commemoration, rather than flowers, the family has asked for donations to help contribute to
organizations such as the Lupus Foundation, American Heart Association, and/or the National Kidney
Foundation in hopes of advancing their research to help people like Monica.

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