Gensho J. Yrayta

January 1, 1943February 14, 2021

Gensho Javier Yrayta, 78, of Hartford, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2021 with the love of his family surrounding him. Gensho was born in Bolognesi, Ancash, Peru in 1943 to Juan Alcides Yrayta and Basilisa Tomasa Aparicio. Seeking better opportunities, he made his way to the capital of Lima, where he met and married the love of his life, Norma. He later established his first business as an electro mechanic. Although his shop thrived due to his hard work and many abilities, as a family they decided in 1979 to come to this country in search of a better future for their growing family. Here he worked in construction for Local 230 where he quickly ascended in rank and was held in high regard. He also partnered with his brother and nephew and spearheaded his 2nd small business, Hartford Construction Inc.. His work ethic and honorable nature were admired and respected by many. He was a proud American citizen but he never forgot his roots and as in Lima, he became an active leader in the local Bolognesi community serving four terms as President of the Bolognesi Social Club. He formed their first competitive Division 1 soccer team, Deportivo Bolognesi which later went on to win many state and regional championships. Among his many accomplishments, that which he was most proud of was having been an indispensable force behind the establishment of the first Peruvian Consulate office in Hartford, CT in 2002 which benefitted thousands of Peruvians living in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Known by all his buddies as "Chico", Gensho was a lifelong soccer fanatic, a lover of huayno and could never say no to a nice cold "chela". He will be remembered always with a smile on his face, his zest for life and his infamous jokes. He was the life of every party. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Norma Yrayta (Vivar); children Javier Yrayta and his wife Myriam Gonzalez, Melissa Evelyn Riojas and her husband Carlos Riojas, Carolina Vega and her husband Carlos Vega and Angie Yrayta and her husband Salatiel Gutierrez. Gensho was a proud grandfather to his 11 grandchildren: Isabella, Evan, Evelyn, Mia, Adalyn, Valeria, Alejandro, Vanessa, Valentino, Gareth and Carlos. He is predeceased by his sister Petronila Susaya and survived by his sisters; Victoria Herrera, Graciela Yrayta, Domitila Rivera, Eugenia Yrayta, Noemi Rodriguez and his brother Jorge Yrayta. Gensho was deeply loved and cherished, he will be infinitely missed and fondly remembered. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. in Maria Reina de la Paz Parish (St. Lawrence O’Toole Church), 494 New Britain Avenue, Hartford. The Mass will be live streamed to the church's website at Attendees are asked to go directly to church. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Children of Peru Foundation (515 E. 85th Street, Suite 11C. New York, NY 10028, For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


  • Calling Hours

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, February 22, 2021



Gensho J. Yrayta

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Giovanni and Paola Duarte

February 21, 2021

Dear Melissa and family. We are deeply saddened by your dad’s passing. We are fortunate to have known him and will always remember his friendliness and good humor. From the stories he told us we know he loved you all very much. We will miss him and he will be in our hearts forever. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Duarte family.

Mario Perleche

February 19, 2021

Nuestro mas sentido pesame a La familia Yrayta-Vivar por la gran perdida de nuestro querido Amigo Javier. Recordamos en muy especial todas las memorias que compartimos con el Club Bolognesi, los campeonatos de futbol que vivimos con el liderazgo de Javier. Tuve el placer de conocer a Javier y gozar su sentido de humor y su permanente sonrisa que nos brindaba en cada reunion, Que En Paz Descanse.

Juana Ibarguen

February 18, 2021

Norma e Hijas, mis sinceras condolencias por la pérdida de tu querido esposo Sr Javier Iriarte siempre será recordado con su linda actitud de dar alegría y consejos recuerdo mucho lis partidos de fútbol en Colt Park como DT del Bolognesi y Los viajes apoyando al equipo fue un gusto muy lindo de haberlo conocido . Descanse en Paz Sr Javier en la Gloria De Dios !! 🙏🏻🥀mis oraciones están con Uds✝️🥀🙏🏻

Marcia Peterson

February 17, 2021

My dearest Angie,

Words really are completely inadequate to express our feelings at such a terrible loss. I remember meeting your dear father once and your pride in and love of him. What an amazing life he led, how full, how much love, how much meaning, how many other lives he touched and enriched, especially you and his family. Wishing we could be with you now, but trusting in the mercy of the Holy One to comfort and strengthen you and provide loving arms to surround you, now and always,

Marcia Peterson

Cathy O’Dell

February 17, 2021

To Norma, Angie and family- sincere and heartfelt condolences. Bill and I have shared happy times filled with laughter and warm friendship as neighbors and friends of Norma and Chico. We are especially grateful to Norma and Chico for the gift of Angie our dear friend and a blessing in our life. We pray that the deep sorrow of Chico’s passing will somehow bring a smile with the memory of all the celebrations shared together. God Bless- Cathy and Billy O’Dell