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The Ribeiro Wais family of Lima, Peru

Updated February 10, 2014

Marco Antonio Ribeiro

6523 Frietchie Row

Columbia, Maryland 21045

Efrain Ribeiro Ibanez and Mercedes Wais Nievas married on January 11, 1952, in Lima, Peru. This page summarizes son Marco Antonio's research on the Ribeiro and Wais families, with roots in Peru, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Spain, France, and Germany.
Efrain Ribeiro Ibanez was born in Callao, Peru, on April 27, 1922; studied engineering at the Escuela Nacional de Ingenieros, Lima, Peru (C.E. 1943); Civil Engineering at Michigan State College (M.S. 1945); and Public Health at The University of Michigan (M.P.H. 1946). He served in U.N.C.A.C.K. during the Korean War, and wed Mercedes Alicia Wais while on leave. After the Korean War he worked for the Pan American Health Organization. He had two sons with Mercedes. Efrain Ribeiro died in Lima, Peru (April 19, 1979, buried in Bellavista, Callao, Peru).
Mercedes Alicia Wais Nievas was born in Lima, Peru, on September 24, 1917. Her first marriage to Oscar Fernandini (April 30, 1933 in Callao, Peru) produced three children, and ended in divorce. She later married Efrain Ribeiro. Mr. and Mrs. Efrain Ribeiro lived in El Salvador, Argentina, and-- after 1960-- near Washington, D.C. In 1978 Efrain retired from PAHO and they returned to Lima. Mercedes passed away on October 25, 2011, in Lima, Peru and is buried alongside Efrain in Bellavista.
Efrain Ribeiro Ibanez' parents were Zacarias Ribeiro and Maria Rosa Ibanez. He had five brothers (Roberto, Samuel, Pablo, Jorge, and Democrito) and two sisters (Noemi and Margarita). Zacarias Ribeiro (b. Cuchilla del Salto, Uruguay, January 9, 1889) had two brothers (Euclidio and Claudino) and three sisters (Herminia, Berta, and Virginia). Conscripted at 15, he fought in the Civil War of 1904, and deserted after a close call in a bloody battle. Zacarias fled to Montevideo, and joined the Salvation Army. In 1910, he sailed to Lima, Peru, with Adjutant David Thomas, to found the first Salvation Army Mission in Peru. Zacarias left the Salvation Army in order to marry Maria Rosa Ibanez. He became a Methodist Minister and preached at the Iglesia Metodista, Avenida Bolivia, Lima. He died in Lima (Feb. 11, 1968). Zacarias' parents were Zacarias Ribeiro (b. Brazil) and Eladia Fonseca (b. Uruguay); his paternal grandparents were Claudino Ribeiro and Sebastiana de los Santos, and his maternal grandparents were Joaquin Fonseca and Felixberta Benitez, (or: -Damota, -Damata, -Daponte). Efrain Ribeiro's mother, Maria Rosa Ibanez (b. Huacho, Peru, August 20, 1885; d. Lima, Peru,July 15 1961), was the daughter of Policarpio Ibanez and Juana Grados. She had two brothers (Jose Antonio "Pepe", and Potamio) and one sister (Juanita "La Mamacha").
Mercedes Wais de Ribeiro was the daughter of Martin Wais (b. La Coruna, Spain,on September 2,1876) and Maria Consuelo Nievas (b. Saladillo, Argentina, October 13,1885) (m. Buenos Aires ca. 1905). They had five children (Guy, Julio, Consuelo, Graciela and Mercedes); around 1917, they separated. Martin had another daughter, Luisa, who was raised by Consuelo after Martin's death (Lima, March 2, 1944). (Luisa married Jorge, Efrain Ribeiro's brother). Martin Wais sailed from Spain to Havana in 1894 on board the "Navarro" to serve in the Spanish-American War and then went to Argentina to enter business; he later founded the Compania Nacional de Pesca (Peru). Martin Wais was the son of Jose Maria Wais Facorro (b. February 20, 1840, La Coruna, Spain) and Martina Duran (b. Nov. 9, 1852, Tuy, Spain); he had a brother (Jose) and a sister (Carmina). The Wais family of La Coruna, Spain, descends from Sebastien Wais, a Roman Catholic (b. Speyer, Germany ca. 1720-30?). Mercedes' mother, Maria Consuelo Nievas (d. July 15, 1980 in Buenos Aires) was the daughter of: Jose Dopico (b. ca. 1846, Spain) and Manuela Vicenta Nievas (b. ca. 1867, Argentina, d. ca. 1900); Consuelo had five brothers: Jose, Blas, Manuel, Luis, and Raul.

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