Tony Coelho Ribeiro Jr. Tony Coelho Ribeiro Jr., 73, of Visalia went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 6th 2013. He was born to Tony and Mary Ribeiro of Visalia on Jan. 15, 1940. He joins his parents and his son Mark in heaven. Tony is survived by his wife of 53 years Margie Ribeiro, his children, Brent and wife Michelle, Ron and wife Joy Ribeiro of Visalia and Jennifer Wilson and husband Steve of San Jose. Family members David and Leanne Sandlin of Tulare and brother Vernon Ribeiro as well as 12 grandchildren, Bryson, Adria, Brennan and Brooks Ribeiro of Tulare, Brittany and Megan Ribeiro-Kersey of Visalia, Breanna Ribeiro-Holderby and Derrick Ribeiro also of Visalia and Mikayla, Lexie, Caden and Ella Wilson of San Jose. Tony grew up on a dairy farm in Goshen where he also attended grammar school. He learned a diligent work ethic by working hard on the family dairy while attending school and playing football at Mt. Whitney High School. He would later pass this work ethic on to his children. While at Mt. Whitney, he met the love of his life, Margie Schlaich, whom he married on July 9, 1960. Tony played football and for 4 years has enjoyed meeting every Friday morning at Ryan's Place for their weekly breakfast gathering with high school buddies. Tony worked for Lawrence Tractor of Visalia for 46 years as a sales manager. He was blessed to enjoy many world travels with his wife and peers during those years, traveling through Europe, Asia, Australia and several other beautiful places. He enjoyed coaching his kids in baseball and Pop Warner football for many years where he touched the lives of so many young men who still remember his kind heart and positive attitude to this day. Tony was a man of faith and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church. He will be remembered for his gentleness, integrity, humor and humility. He was deeply loved and admired by all who were blessed to know him. During his lifetime, Tony, with God's strength, overcame several illnesses including two battles with cancer. His strength and faith during those difficult times served as an inspiration to so many. He was the kind of man who used his difficult experiences to encourage others. He recently returned to Stanford Hospital where he was treated 17 years ago to thank the doctors and nurses. He encouraged the patients to stay positive and strong. It was that kind of generosity and spirit that people admired. Among many things, Tony loved playing golf, spending time in Morro Bay, traveling with their RV club, gathering with long-time friends and family, gardening, fishing and woodworking. He was also a fan of country music and dancing. His greatest joy was his family. Whether gathering at their home in Exeter or enjoying Morro Bay, being with his wife, kids and grandkids brought him the greatest happiness. He lived a full and happy life. Above all Tony modeled the importance of family and faith. His legacy of love, kindness and generosity will live on through the lives of his family. He will be remembered lovingly and missed terribly. Our family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, letters, cards, phone calls, encouraging words, hugs and kisses. Your love for our dad and family is greatly appreciated and we are blessed. A viewing will be held at Salser and Dillard Thursday, September 12th 2013 from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. followed by a rosary service at 6:00 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 13th 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Sept. 11, 2013