John S. RibeiroNovember 5, 1921 ~ May 21, 2017 (age 95)
The Lord called John S. Ribeiro home on May 21, 2017, at the age of 95. He passed away peacefully surrounded by the family he cherished. John S. Ribeiro was born on November 5, 1921 to Manuel and Emilia Simoes Ribeiro in Biscoitos, Terceira, Acores. John and his six siblings were raised in Terceira, Acores on their parents’ dairy farm where John worked as a child and into his adult years. J
ohn met his beautiful bride Antoinette Martin in Altares, Terceira, Acores. They married on April 1, 1948 in Altares, Terceira. John and Antionette pursued the American dream and emigrated to the United States of America, arriving in New York on July 13, 1949. They joined family and made their home in Gustine, California where they were dairy farmers. John and Antoinette had three children. In 1969, the Ribeiro family moved to Merced, California where they continued to dairy. After retiring from the dairy business, John passed his time working as a groundskeeper at McSwain Elementary School.
John was a family man and a man of God. He enjoyed spending time with his family. John was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy/ St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Merced where he religiously attended weekly and daily mass. He believed in the power of prayer and prayed often. His family and friends always knew they could count on John’s prayers. John loved his grandchildren, his two great-grandchildren, and was excited and patiently awaiting the arrival of his third great grandchild. John will be greatly missed by his family.
John was a member of many Portuguese organizations. On Sundays, he could be found at the nearest Portuguese celebration where he celebrated the Saints being honored and his heritage.
John had a passion for bullfights, he traveled near and far to fulfill his passion. John enjoyed daily trips to the Merced Mall where he and his Portuguese buddies spent numerous hours visiting and keeping up with the latest news; they were often referred to as the Portuguese News Network (PNN). After 44 years of living in America, one of John’s proudest moments was becoming a U.S. Citizen. John’s most cherished time was spent around the dinner table with his family during holidays and family festivities.
John is preceded in death by his late wife Antoinette Ribeiro of 40 years. His parents Manuel and Emilia Ribeiro and his six siblings. John is survived by his children John M. Ribeiro (Joni) of Gustine, Lorraine Machado (Tony J.) of Merced and Antoinette Ribeiro of Merced. John is also survived by his six grandchildren: John M. Ribeiro Jr. (Nina), Julie Ribeiro and son Jackson, Carolina Machado-Evangelo (Tony), Sarah Machado, Jennifer Machado-Robbins (Jason) and daughter Makayla, and Theresa Machado-Waymire (Brian) and baby Anthony James MachadoWaymire.
For many years, John was cared for by his loving daughter, Lorraine Machado and her husband Tony J. Machado. The entire family would like to thank them for the years they dedicated to keeping John a happy, healthy, and well taken care of man. In his last days, John was cared for by the wonderful staff at Anberry Rehabilitation Hospital and Bristol Hospice. The family thanks the staff members who graciously cared for John.
A Rosary will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home 901 W. Main Street, Merced, CA. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish 671 E. Yosemite Avenue, Merced, CA followed by a Catholic Burial at Calvary Cemetery 260 W. Childs Avenue, Merced, CA.