Zeida Rife Fernandez

General Information
Current Name
Zeida Rife - Kirik
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Zeida Rife Fernandez
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Saturday, February 17, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
Nino y Peluca in the cottage also with Maria Teresa Lara inMiami on weekends

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Hello Zeida Rife This is Teresa Antona de los Rios (Tete) Your father and mine were co-owners of the Unica. Galleteria en Luyano, Cuba También. Fui al colegio de Lourdes en la víbora Habana, Cuba

Message by Teresa | Aug 25th 2013

Zeida says: Mercedes Fernandez Noriega, la estoy buscando, del Colegio Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, Habana. Alguien sabe de ella ?

Status update | Feb 25th 2012

Zeida: the pictures are on their way. To answer your follow up question suffice it to say that for months now I have been researching many of the facilities/institutions to which Pedro Pan children were relocated in the 60s. I came up with your name when I stumbled upon the aforementioned Spokane Daily Chronicle newspaper article. Thanks. José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 2nd 2011

Zeida: To answer your question, I used the Herald's PPN database's search function. Fortunately for me, there are only 4 Zeidas listed. Among them, you're the only one who has a sister named Mirta. By the way, did you get the pictures? If so, were you able to recognize the buildings from memory? I realize it's been a very long time, but those buildings have changed little since 1957, when they were acquired by the Sisters of the Holy Names from the United States government. Either way, let me know. Thank you, José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 2nd 2011

Zeida: I'm surprised the link didn't work for you. I just used it as I posted it in my message to you and it took me to the article without any problems. Did you "copy and paste" the link to your browser? In any event, the article appeared in the Spokane Daily Chronicle of July 28, 1962, p. 3, entitled "Cuban Girls Worry About Snow," written by Hazel Barnes. Incidentally, I have also been able to locate in the web several photographs of Holy Names College, except I'm not sure if this is the college the Pedro Pan girls were sent to in Spokane, WA. I would like to have you look at them. Perhaps you can confirm if they belong to the Holy Names College you were sent to. According to the article, your sister Mirta attended Holy Names Academy in Spokane. I would like to send you a picture of the academy as well for you to confirm if it's the one your sister attended. Finally, the article said that the boys stayed at Bishop White Preparatory Seminary on 429 E. Sharp, located in Gonzaga Univ. I would also like to send you pictures of the Seminary for you to confirm it as well. If you agree, let me know an email address where I can send forward them to you. You can write to me at jose01010@hotmail.com. Thanks. José Antonio Amaro Reyes

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 2nd 2011

This newspaper article mentions you and your sister Mirta while in Spokane. I thought you might want to see it. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1338&dat=19620728&id=xq9YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZPcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6985,6608316

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Oct 1st 2011

Zeida has uploaded new photos.

Status update | Oct 1st 2011

Zeida, no te preocupes que Elsa, Vicky, Felix y otros no la pudieron ver pues fue tan pocos dias que no le dio tiempo a verlas a uds y yo no sabia que uds estaban ahi y lo avise por aca y ahi fue cuando me contestaron y algunas hablaron con ella y Felix creo que hablo con ella estando en Washington ella de regreso....I know que tu NO ibas a Colfax pero nosotras sabiamos de todos uds...los Martinez brothers de Spokane estan aca en Miami pero no me llaman..so what else....oye you may keep in touch with me anytime..my love

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 30th 2011

Hola Zeida, mi nombrete de niña es minico y estuve en washington pero en Colfax que muchas veces muchos de los de Spokane ivan para alla, por si las moscas me gustaria estar en contacto contigo se de Myriam Sarduy y Felix y ya veo que Elsa te escribio y Vicky tambine esta en contacto conmigo, desafortunadamente la trabajadora Social Mrs Hansen fallecio el 16 de este mes, pero ella vino en noviembre 2010 y pasamos 5 dias estupendos....vivo e Miami mi telefono 786-499-1992 take care....

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 29th 2011

Zeida, I was looking for a friend that I went to school with in Spokane WA. who had come from Cuba. Her name at the time was Mirta Rife. She left about the 3rd year of high school and I have never been able to locate her. I thought you might have insight as to where she is now. Any information would help so we could re-connect.

Message by Kathy Ryan Gould | Nov 5th 2010

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