Alberto Soto

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Alberto Soto, 25, of Oxford, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.  He was the beloved husband of Sherry (Madonna) Soto.
 
Born in Lancaster, Alberto was son of Wanda Soto of Landenburg and Jose Soto of Nottingham.
 
Alberto was active duty with the United States Air Force.  He had been stationed at Dover, DE from June 2012 until December 2013.  
 
He is survived, in addition to his wife and parents, by his three children: Veronika, Kristi and Nathon, all of Oxford; his sister, Nancy Neese of Camden, De., and his foster brothers and sisters, Carrie, Kurt, Ryan and Brian Naus.  
 
The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11 AM at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St., Parkesburg, followed by interment in the Oxford Cemetery.  The viewing will be held from 10 until 11 AM.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, P.O. Box 33, Oxford, Pa. 19363 or to support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
 
Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Condolences

May God bless Alberto's family and friends at this most difficult time. I am so sorry for this huge loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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Joe, Sherry and children,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I felt like I knew Alberto, and I enjoyed sending him cards every week. My husband and I have been praying for all of you, and you are very much in our thoughts. May God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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JOE & The Soto Family,
I've known Berto his entire short life, I must say what a GREAT man, son, father, and husband he turned out to be! Joe you should be proud! I know we must not question our God, he does have a plan for everything & everyone... God Bless Sherry and the kids and if any of you need anything please don't hesitate to let me know. Joe I am ALWAYS here for YOU!!!!
Marie, Nate, and Ryan xo

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Joe, sherry, kids and all the family,
My heart and love goes out to all of you, may god give you strength in this difficult time, I wish there was something I could do or say to ease your pain but my what an angle you all have now

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We have known Alberto since he was a small boy. He would come over to our house, so nice and polite, and that SMILE! That's what we will remember most about Berto... his smile! We will miss you. We pray for the family and friends who have been touched by his life. He is now in heaven happy, healthy and pain free. We thank you Lord for allowing Alberto to touch all our lives, and giving us all special memories of his life!

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Amazing Father
Loving Husband
Best Friend
Energetic
Ready for anything
Touched by many
One of a kind

Just a few thing that come to mind when I hear your name. I will always remember the good times and the great conversations we had. I am blessed to have called you my friend. I love you and gonna miss you like crazy buddy...my prayers to Sherry, Joe and the children.

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Alberto, I wanna be the first to say thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet you in BMT. As your Training Instructor my role was to mold u and shape u. We also wear the same badge as a firefighter, you will always and forever will be a brother. God truly has someone special riding tailboard for him. you will be missed brotha. Rest easy big man.

Brian Hickingbottom4

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I am so sorry for your loss! I pray to God to give you peace and comfort at this difficult time! I do not know your family or have i ever met your Son/husband/father. I have seen him with Paul on many occasions in pictures and just felt completed to offer my condolences. I have lost a father aunt uncles and a cousin to this awful disease. I wish you peace and many good memories!

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I did not know Alberto but I prayed for him always...I started following through Paul and would get updates through Him...I want you to know You are all in my prayers nonstop through this devastating time....May God Bless You and your family..EL

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Alberto will truly be missed at Station 58. He came to us with such a positive attitude and an infectious smile. He went out of his way to get to know people and he was one of the most sincere people that I have ever met. He was a wonderful man and showed us all what bravery in the face of battle looks like. I personally feel honored to have know him. I know he will be waiting with that smile and a hug when I see him in heaven.

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We do not know you, however, my daughter was in class with Veronika at Welch. My daughter told me about your story a few weeks ago. I remember seeing you all after school sometimes last year. I am so sorry for your loss. I want you to know that my daughter, Maegan, has prayed many nights to bring healing to your hearts. She worries about Veronika everyday. Please, if you read this, tell Veronika that Maegan is thinking of her and sends her hugs and love from Dover. We all send our thoughts and prayers as you pass through this difficult valley.

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My husband and I met Alberto and his wife about a year ago when he joined the Station 58 family. He greeted everyone with a warm smile that immediately put you at ease. His family and ours quickly became great friends, we helped each other out with no questions ever asked. Everything from watching each other's kids from time to time or whatever was needed. We shared so many smiles, jokes, and over all good times. We ment what we said when all this started, we will hold you as family and you will be treated as such, we are here no matter what. Alberto will forever be a loved member of the Smith family as well as Sherry, Veronica, Nathon, and Kristi.

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I may of not known him but I send my condolences. RIP brother

One team one fight

Gone but never forgotten

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Berto was a funny and caring person, you will be missed so much;) Love , Preston family

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It's is very sad to hear about the passing of Alberto. I believe God needs him more than we need him which is why he was taken at such a young age. We can have comfort knowing that when it is time for us to do our job as firemen, that our new angel Alberto will use his newfound power to keep us safe.

The Altus AFB Fire Department will observe a moment of silence and ringing of the bell tomorrow in his Honor. To the family: We love you, we are here for you, and you can always count on us for anything you need.

With love and our deepest sympathy,

The Altus Air Force Base Fire Department

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It is always a sad day when we lose loved ones. While you sorrow for his untimely departure, you should rejoice in knowing that he is now pain free. My family and I would like to pass along our condolences to the family. We are very sorry for your loss.

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Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away
into the next room.

I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way you always used.
Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we shared together.
Let my name be ever
the household word it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort,
without a trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant,
It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you for an interval,
somewhere very near, just around a corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Alberto was such a nice person. I won't be able to attend his service as I have a difficult time with funerals & haven't been to one since my 17 yr old son was killed. It's just too hard on me. On Jan 6th I will be have a Cat scan being done at exactly 11 am and will be thinking of ya'll. Prayers to the whole family & know your Husband will be around you and the kids. Sincerely Jensine Palita (Oxford, Pa)

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Go fly with the Angels and keep watch over your family!!!
You will be greatly missed by many, you touched so many lives in one way or another and I am grateful to have been your friend. You will be missed love you Alberto

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Alberto you are the true definition of a hero, you will be greatly missed, you were a great father, husband, son, brother, friend and cousin. You were only in my life for a short time but I will def miss you so much. LOVE YOU BERTO!!! Sherry, you and the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers!!! <3 you

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RIP Alberto.. You will be missed... the big smile, and your positive attitude. We will miss you , but Heaven gained one awesome man. Love and prayers to the family.

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Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. You were always a very kind and pleasant man and the Air Force will miss having such a dedicated, hard working man.

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My friend, one only needs to look in your direction to know the meaning of brave. You fought the battle, now rest easy, we got it from here brother!

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RIP alberto you will truely be missed you were the sweetest guy it hard to believe your gone. My condolences to family friends wife kids. I couldnt imagine what your going through and may the lord be with you through this extremely hard time

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Berto, I remember the fun times we had chilling up at your house up the street from me... you were fun, funny and full of life you will dearly be.missed by all who were blessed to have known you man.

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We dedicate our lives helping our fellow man,
Living day after day doing all that we can,
Where ever we’re needed whether nighttime or day,
To save the life of another we’ll step in harms way.

Our Brother has fallen doing what he loved best,
And among the Honored, he now stands with the rest
For a mile in dress uniform everyone stands,
For our Brother has fallen, God into your hands

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I am so very sorry for this huge loss to your family. May God put His arms around all of you and give you comfort and peace during this time. Please know that I am praying for all of you. I may not have known Alberto, but I went to school with his dad, and my heart just breaks for all of you. It sounds like he was very loved and respected. Please find peace in all of your memories with him.

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Prayers and blessings to Al's family and friends. May God watch over you all in his absence. God Bless V/R Chris

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I had the opportunity to meet Alberto just a few weeks ago. He and his family touched my heart. Godspeed Alberto, you and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

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God looked around his garden and He found an empty place. He then looked down upon this earth, And saw your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never Get well on earth again. He saw that the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb. So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be thine". It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you that day that God called you home. Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven. Where the love of our lost ones, pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they're happy. We will all miss that smile.....

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I am Native American and have prayed for this brother, through friends of him. I pray for the wife and children, to let them know that their loved one is not dead. It his spirit is still here with you until Jesus comes to get us, so he stays around you in everything. Meaning when you wake up in the morning he is the silent hush, or the air that blows on your face on a warm summers day. The shining glints of snow flakes from fresh snow fall. Look everywhere and in everything. Do not weep, at a grave he is not there he is everywhere. I pray that you take time to listen to the earth so you can feel his presents. God bless all .

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Rest in peace Brother! Thank you for your service! You will be missed and never forgotten. I did not know you personally but we are brothers in arms. Sergeant Sean T. Copper (Ret.) United States Army

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Love all of you. I don't know why God chose to take Berto, but I do know I will see him again. I remember taking Berto to get his hair cut in Lansing, he was such a handsome, sweet young man. He talked so seriously of his family and future at a young age. His future is one of victory. He has overcome the cancer. I am so sorry God did take him from all of us. I cannot come to be with you in this time, but my prayers and the prayers of his family down south will get you through this. Praying for all.

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To the Soto family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time.
I only know you through friends but my heart aches for you to lose a husband, father, son, etc.
God rest his soul, he went through so much during his short time on earth.

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Though I did not know Albert well, I know that another angel has earned his wings. Alberto is a true hero. He worked hard for his family and his country. Alberto has given his children a dad that they can be proud of. May he rest in peace.

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To Alberto and his entire family, Alberto thank you for serving in the protection of us all. Every service man or woman deserves rot be thanked often and even after they have gone to a higher rank, an angel in heavy. To his family, immediate and distant, we are sorry for your loss. May God watch over each of you and ease your burdens. Thinking and praying for you all.

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Very Sorry Wanda, too, too young, Still a Hero

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:)))

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Soto had a smile that could bring sunshine out on a stormy day. I remember the times I shared with him. He taught me the true meaning of courage and strength. Thinking back on conversations we shared, we always referred to each as "buddy". I could never resist his smile and kindness. I would everything in my power for him. I love you my buddy and wish I had more time with you. I know you wanted everything in place and I'm sure it will be.

Sherry, your love meant the world to him as he had expressed to me on every occasion. He wanted nothing more than for you and your children to be taken care of. He cherished and appreciated everything you did for him. The love you two shared is truly one of a kind as was he. Know that I am thinking of you all at this time and wish I was there. God bless

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My you find strength in Him who allowed his only begotten Son to die for us. God Bless the Soto Family!

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From all you shared with us Wanda, we found some words that we feel might give you a few minutes of peace with all you are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Many prayers for Alberto's Wife and Children. God Bless You!

God Took Him To His Loving Home
God saw him getting tired, a cure was not to be.
He wrapped him in his loving arms and whispered ‘Come with me.'
He suffered much in silence, his spirit did not bend.
He faced his pain with courage, until the very end.
He tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain,
God took him to His loving home and freed him from the pain.
Anon

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Brother on the ballfield. Brother in the Fire Service. Brother under God. I am lucky ro have been blessed with your presence here on earth. We will meet again some day. I know you will be watching us as we walk through this world in our journey to one day be reunited with our friend and brother. May the lord's peace be with your spirit and watch over your family. God speed my brother.
We got it from here.

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Bless your family and all those who have cared for you. May you be at peace and watch over your family forever.

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I will keep him and your family in my prayers.

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I was so glad to finally be getting close to and keeping in touch with our wonderful cousin. We talked so long the last time we spoke on the phone. When he messaged us about the terrible news my heart sank. He was the first person to call when Momma passed in September. We wanted terribly to come see you all sooner, but we could not get the chance, and now my heart sinks lower. Sherry, I don't know what in the world to say, except that you made Alberto's life complete, and he was obviously happier than he ever could have been, with the family you and he created. Alberto is a hero to many, and so are you Sherry! You both are angels! We love you all!

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who knew you touch so my hearts and leave so many loving family and friends to celebrate your beautiful life it may have been cut short but what you did with the time you had made such a lasting impact on so many lives the memories made with so many are your gift to them to remember your beautiful life. May God bless you and your family and hold you all in the palm of his hand until you meet again someday friend from Ca.

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Thoughts and prayers go out to Alberto's family. What a great guy and will be missed dearly. Dubs

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Im so sorry for u lose ur family r in my prays

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Ive had the pleasure of knoing alberto for many years...god took a good guy and will always be remembered

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Dear Wanda, May you find some comfort in knowing that Alberto will be watching you, his father, and wife and children from above. I did not know him, but I know you so he must have been a good man. May you keep all your memories of your beloved son close to your heart, until you meet him again in Heaven. God Bless you Wanda, Donna Painter

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As a fellow firefighter and a former firefighter at D.A.F.B I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Soto family,and his fellow firefighters.

Firefighter
Dufresne

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Dear Wanda...You have been on my mind ever since we heard of the heartbreaking loss of your son.
Life can be so unfair, but I hope with time, the wonderful memories you have of your son, will overcome your pain. Your son will always live within his own children.
Please know we are thinking about you, and we are here if you need anything. God Bless you and your family.
Art & Cheryl Perrone.

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May your rest in paradise Alberto!! you were truly a beautiful person, and your family was blessed to have someone like you!! your daughter was lucky to have a father like you...you always spoke highly of becoming father so young! I never heard you say anything negative! I glad that I was able to have you apart of my childhood~ <3

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I met Alberto at church. Back then, he was a sweet little boy that kept my family and I giggling during service because he was such a wiggle worm!
One thing that always stood out about Alberto, even when he was a boy, was how compassionate he was. He genuinely cared about other people and had a heart filled with love. I was so happy for him when I heard that he had found someone to share his life with. I saw pictures of Alberto with his family and he had a huge grin on his face. He looked truly content and although he was too young to leave this world, I think it was apparent to anyone that knew their story, that Alberto and his wife shared more love for each other than most people get to experience in a lifetime.
If the stars in the sky really are openings that allow our loved ones to shine down to let us know they are happy, then the night sky surely became brighter because of Alberto.

My thoughts and love are with the entire Soto Family.

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Please accept my condolences. I was the principal at New Garden when Alberto was there. I remember his kind smile and quiet, gentle nature.
We ran into each other a couple years ago. He was happy, and proud of his life and family. That made me happy, too.
Rest in peace, Alberto.

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To All Family and Friends of Alberto, I wish you faith and hope...
Alberto did the job family and friends would be proud to emulate. Our family met Alberto when he was 12 and his grandfather and father were living nearby our home. When he became a father, he embraced that vocation with unbridled love. I am most proud of his example of fatherhood. My son has learned much from his friendship, even now, in his eternal life.
Alberto Soto in this life,
LIVED, LOVED, LAUGHED.... Alberto Soto is life !!!!
Remember him in love, Alberto is an example of unconditional love.

In Loving Rememberance,
Anthony Zirolli Sr.

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Though we did not know you, we share the Brotherhood of Fire with you and the badge we wear together binds us all. The Firefighters stationed here at the Kadena Silver Flag site send thoughts, prayers and condolences to those Alberto left behind. May he rest in peace.

~Firefighter's Prayer~

When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling,
to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor,
and protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I must answer death's call,
bless with Your protecting hand,
my family one and all.

Amen.

- Kadena Silver Flag Firefighters

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PRAYERS FOR YOU ENTIRE FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.Your smile and positive attitude towards everything will be missed.You fought till the end now you can rest.Gone to soon but never forgotten you left your mark on everyone who ever knew you.Your kids will have memories of a great dad and your wife a wonderful husband.We don't alway's understand the reason's for god's plan but we know he needed a new angel with a beaming smile that would light up heaven for all there.

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Dear Joe,and Family, I am so very sorry for your lost. May God bless all of you and hold you close to his heart in this time of sorrow.

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Dear Soto Family,

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Alberto. No words can lessen your loss, but I wanted to tell you how sorry I am. He live far too short a life and did not deserve the lot he was given.

Farewell Brother...

All my best,

A1C Justin Cornwell

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Please accept my condolences for your loss. It is heartbreaking to see such a young man taken way too soon and only something time and faith can help to ease the pain. My prayers to the entire family. Thank you for sharing Alberto with the Air Force and for his service.

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Rest in Peace, Alberto. You will never be forgotten. I am just sorry that your time here was so short. As always, up above he takes the best ones before all others. Praying for your soul and your family.

Tati

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May God bless you in our time of sorrow. It is my prayer that the continuous comfort and peace that only God can give be granted unto you. May you find comfort in knowing that his living wasn't in vain. So many lives are all the more better because of how they were touched by Alberto. No one knows why God calls the good ones home before what we think is their time, just know that Alberto has traded in his Air Force wings for the unltimate wings of all, the wings of an Angel. Continue to trust in God for He knows what's best. Alberto, the son, husband, father and friend to many will live on in our memories and hearts.

Be Blessed

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