Charles Boreliz

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July 28, 1924 — Jan. 9, 2016

Charles (Chelo) Soto Boreliz, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend passed away at home in Fairfield, California, surrounded by loved ones on Jan. 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 was an avid fisherman and gardener and he enjoyed the company of family and friends, especially at a fun party.

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); nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Frances.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services immediately following, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home,  1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, California. Followed directly by a reception at Country Club Estates, 1800 E. Tabor Ave., Fairfield, California.

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

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