CHARLES (CHELO) SOTO BORELIZ July 28, 1924 ~ January 9, 2016 Charles (Chelo) Soto Boreliz, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend died at home in Fairfield, California surrounded by loved ones on January 9, 2016. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 28, 1924 (raised in Kapaa, Kauai). He served in the Third Armored (Spearhead) Division during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. After WWII, he married his wife Olympia (Oly) on Kauai in 1947. His children, Frances, Chuck, Karen, and Rick were born on Kauai. In 1957, they moved to Sacramento, and in 1958 they moved to Hayward , where Mike was born. They later moved to San Pablo where Chelo continued his career as a sheet metal worker. In 1986, he retired to Red Bluff where he and Oly lived for 21 years before relocating to Fairfield a few years ago. Chelo was an active member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Chelo is survived by his adored wife of 68 years, Olympia Vegas Boreliz; sister, Lucy Monroid; brother, Tony Boreliz; son, Charles Boreliz (Judy); daughter, Karen Boster (Jack); son, Richard Boreliz (Susan); son, Michael Boreliz (Lori); 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Frances. Chelo was an avid fisherman and gardener, and he enjoyed the company of family and friends, especially at a fun party. A visitation will be from 11am – 1pm, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, located at 1850 West Texas Street, Fairfield, California, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, with services to immediately follow from 1pm-2pm at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, followed directly by a reception at Country Club Estates at 1800 East Tabor Avenue, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Bryan Braker Funeral Home. You may sign the guest book at www.bryanbraker.com.
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