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Andrew Ribeiro

Andrew Mark Ribeiro, age 35, left the trials of this earth and entered into his eternal home with Jesus Christ his Savior, on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

He will be deeply missed by his family who loved him throughout the years, even as he was plagued by the ravages of the mental illness of schizophrenia in the later years of his life. This disease was difficult for the family, but most of all for our Andrew.

Andrew loved the arts! He graduated from The Academy of Culinary Arts (Atlantic Community College) in NJ in 2008, and delighted our family gatherings often with his creative culinary dishes. His monkey bread was famous! Not only did Andy love eating and making food, but he also was a self-taught pianist, especially loving old hymns and classical pieces he arranged himself.  Andrew also loved fashion and dogs, even insisting our dog Louie was named after Louis Vuitton! (He was not).  Andy was a talented artist as well and he particularly liked the technique of pen and ink, as well as watercolors.

As a young child, he was the final piece that God had arranged to complete our family puzzle. He was adopted at birth and his arrival was a surprise! What a gift, to come home from school to a new baby brother! Andy was adored, spoiled and pampered. He was full of laughter and smiles. He loved his Disney movies as a child, with an obsessive sort of love, watching the 101 Dalmatians, Bambi and Fantasia ad nauseam.

How we will miss his laughter! His smile! His joy in being among his family and devouring our sweets! The sweetest thing in his life, however, was Jesus. Andrew clung to his need for a Savior even as his body failed him, and because of his faith in Jesus, we are comforted that his pain on earth is over. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, excited about heaven and all of its glory. We are thanking God for this reality, even as we weep with broken hearts.

He is survived by his beloved family ~ Mother, Susan Ribeiro of Perkiomenville, PA; Father, David Ribeiro of  São José do Rio Pardo, Brazil; Siblings, Paul Ribeiro of Charleston, SC;  Rebecca Lacock (Steven) of Perkiomenville, PA; Margie Comanda (Joel) of Kennett Square, PA; Rachel Elsenheimer (Aric) of Albuquerque, NM; Julie Ribeiro of Wilmington, DE: and Joshua Ribeiro of Albuquerque, NM. Also grieving his death are his nephews Eliot, Simon, and Jesse Comanda, Ethan Edinburg, Aidan Lacock, Luke Ribeiro, Tug and Robin Elsenheimer; and his nieces, Nora and Bianca Comanda, Isabel and Ava Ribeiro, and Evelyn Lacock.

We are sad to say goodbye but are comforted by one of Andy’s favorite Scripture passages:

Psalm 103:1-4 ~ Praise the Lord, Oh my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits – Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.

Funeral Services

Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to send any memorial contributions (in memory of Andrew Ribeiro) to:

City Church of Wilmington

PO Box 2504

Wilmington, DE 19805


    Julia lit a candle
    05/01/2023 09:13 am
    The Peipher Family lit a candle and writes,
    Oh Margie- I’m so sorry to learn of this but am relieved that his suffering is over and his soul is at peace. May all of your precious memories and your knowledge of God bring you comfort as you move forward.
    05/01/2023 09:41 am
    The Fryauff family lit a candle and writes,
    Prayers for your whole family are lifted up to God by our family, that He would pour out peace to each one of you as you grieve the loss of Andy. He was a sweet and sassy spirit, such a joy to have met here on earth. What a greater joy it is to picture him in heaven singing praises to God for eternity. ❤️
    05/01/2023 10:54 am
    Eubie Nieves lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences, Andy will be greatly missed by our family. Rest in heavenly peace.
    05/01/2023 11:40 am
    Dennis and Ellen Vassalluzzo lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
    05/01/2023 11:42 am
    Bri Bulack writes,
    My heart is so broken that Andy is gone. But, relieved that he’s not suffering anymore. He’s at peace, but not being quiet. And at rest, but not moving slow. His love and presence and laughter are free to zoom around the earth and heaven and bring joy and energy to everyone he encounters. I love you all dearly.
    05/01/2023 11:46 am
    Kenyatta Mack lit a candle and writes,
    I'm glad that your struggle is over. I pray that God will keep you in his grace. love you cousin
    05/01/2023 11:47 am
    The Kulp Family lit a candle and writes,
    Our prayers and love go with you all as you mourn this loss and remember the life he lived. We pray that the God of all comfort will be near and that you will find peace and even joy in the memories you have with beloved Andrew.
    05/01/2023 11:54 am
    Bill and Arlene Coley lit a candle and writes,
    Sue and David, We are grieving the loss of Andrew with you and your family. May God give you the peace that passes understanding. Our prayers are with you.
    05/01/2023 12:13 pm
    Lahtesha Antonio lit a candle and writes,
    Andrew, such a sweet young man. We had the best chats before church service, and during any down time we had, he had such a special way when we would connect and share. I'm going to miss seeing him and sharing about the Lord. I was truly blessed to hear him sing only for a moment. Such a beautiful singing voice! He truly is missed. Sending love and sincerest condolences to his family and my friend. Love you all so much. Rest well Andrew ❤️
    05/01/2023 02:17 pm
    Lahtesha Antonio lit a candle and writes,
    Andrew, such a sweet young man. We had the best chats before church service, and during any down time we had, he had such a special way when we would connect and share. I'm going to miss seeing him and sharing about the Lord. I was truly blessed to hear him sing only for a moment. Such a beautiful singing voice! He truly is missed. Sending love and sincerest condolences to his family and my friend. Love you all so much. Rest well Andrew.
    05/01/2023 02:18 pm
    Lisa Robinette writes,
    Dear Rivero, family, As I read all the wonderful things about Andy, I do remember that beautiful smile! I can’t even begin to express my feelings for your wonderful family and all the years that we’ve known each other as well as the loss that you are experiencing right now. I am definitely empathetic to what you were feeling with the recent loss of Dave. Death is a horrible thing but thank God for his promises of life, eternal with our loved ones. Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts as you go through these next few days, weeks ,months
    05/01/2023 05:27 pm
    Karen Peterson lit a candle and writes,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We grieve with you and are thankful that he is no longer suffering. Andy was a beautiful young man. Rest in Peace, sweet nephew.
    05/01/2023 06:12 pm
    Cindy Thompson lit a candle and writes,
    Love to all the family... TaTa
    05/01/2023 06:56 pm
    Taylor Egan lit a candle and writes,
    I am Josh’s friend, Taylor. I have a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder so this beautifully-written obituary hits close to home. My sympathy and prayers go out to all of you! ♥️
    05/01/2023 07:01 pm
    Amy Taylor writes,
    Our thoughts and prayers are for you Ribeiro family during this terribly hard time. May God be your peace and strength❤️ Amy
    05/01/2023 09:20 pm
    Craig & Rina Reed
    05/01/2023 11:14 pm
    Amanda lit a candle and writes,
    Andrew, I remember you smile from childhood! It was the biggest sweetest smile! I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you in this most difficult time.
    05/02/2023 03:26 am
    The Fodale Family lit a candle and writes,
    Our hearts grieve with you. We are praying that God’s Spirit would strengthen you in your deep sorrow and for Christ himself to meet you sharing in and transforming your sufferings. One day we look forward to seeing Andrew again.
    05/02/2023 08:34 am
    Joao Biondo lit a candle and writes,
    The son of a great friend of mine and now rest in peace, may God comfort his entire family.
    05/02/2023 12:14 pm
    Therezinha e Antonio lit a candle and writes,
    We share condolences to David and family
    05/02/2023 03:22 pm
    Juliana writes,
    Our deepest sympathy We are praying for his soul and for the entire family. Juliana, André and Bento
    05/02/2023 09:18 pm
    Henrique and Thais Gasparotto writes,
    Our hearts go out to all of the Ribeiro family at this difficult time of pain and sorrow following the passing of Andy. We’ve heard how wonderful Andy was and how much you will all miss him. Now he is safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord comfort and bless you all with much love and strength that come from the Holy Spirit. Lots of love from us all the way from Brazil.
    05/02/2023 10:08 pm
    Rina Reed writes,
    Dear Ribeiro family, I am so so sorry about Andy death. Death is a difficult situation for everyone - a separation from your loved one. It hurts and I want you to know that my heart breaks with yours. He will be missed. He had such a contagious smile and was such a kindhearted man. I have good memories of Him as a child so He will be missed. But we always will have the memories. But we are so glad he knew Jesus so we know where he will be in His presence. RIP Andy. We love and will miss you Uncle Craig, Tia Rina and family
    05/03/2023 12:09 am
    Pastor Penny L Hall lit a candle and writes,
    I want to convey my condolences to Susan and her wonderful family. My sister Cindy Thompson has always maintained a high regard for you and your family, and I am eternally grateful for the assistance you provided for Cindy and Kadin over the years. I know in my soul that Andy was with Jesus in the instant he left this earth as so stated in GOD's word. Andy was a special soul who knew his purpose on this earth as a servant of GOD. May he find his rest in Jesus. Amen
    05/03/2023 08:06 pm
    Pastor Penny L Hall lit a candle and writes,
    In the arms of His Lord...
    05/03/2023 08:07 pm
    Kate lit a candle and writes,
    I’m so sorry to hear of this. I remember Andrew when he was a child when I would come to visit Rachel when she and I were in high school. I remember his dazzling smile, his friendliness, and his closeness with Rachel. My heart is with you during this difficult time.
    05/05/2023 08:21 am
    Rose Ochs lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Sue. My heart hurts for your pain in losing your precious son. We’ve not known each other but a few years, however I treasure our times together and value our friendship so I feel your loss deeply. May our Savior give you, Rachel and all of your family an abundance of peace and comfort and fill the void Andy’s passing leaves. Sending love and prayers my dear one
    05/08/2023 05:54 pm

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