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Edward Soza


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Edward Soza Obituary
Edward Soza, 96, of Altadena passed peacefully into heaven on Dec. 28, 2017. He was born March 24, 1921 in Benson, Arizona to Juan Moreno Soza and Maria Yanez Soza. Ed graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940-1946, during which he received a BA in Economics from Penn. State. He married Phyllis Fine of New Jersey on Aug. 1, 1947 and they celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Ed was passionate about family and researching his roots. He wrote six books on the history of Arizona homesteaders and researched his genealogy back to the 1700's. He was instrumental in meeting and connecting with relatives he discovered, bringing everyone together for Soza family reunions in Tucson, Arizona. There is a room dedicated to the Soza family in the John C. Fremont house, "La Casa del Gobenador" in Tucson, honoring them as one of the founding families of Arizona.

Ed's career in the export business spanned 30 years and took him to the Philippines, Indonesia, South America, and South Africa. He later worked in real estate for 15 years before retiring. He was active in his community serving in the Rotary Club of Altadena, Altadena Town and Country Club, Board of Realtors, Tournament of Roses, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the Tucson Heritage Foundation.

Ed is survived by his wife, Phyllis; their children, Stacey Guzman of Apple Valley, Holly Nease of San Diego, and Lawrence Soza of Covina; five grandchildren, Heather Cook, Lauren Nease, Ben Nease, Mia Soza and Sarah Soza; and three great-grandchildren, Collins, Jolie, and Shepard Cook. He also survived by two sisters, Josephine Michalec and Raquel Soza, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and reception will be held January 13, 10:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena, Ca. 91104. A military burial will follow at 2:00 p.m., Mountain View Mortuary, 2400 Fair Oaks Ave. Altadena, Ca. 91001.

The family suggests memorial donations be made in Ed's name to Altadena Rotary or Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Jan. 9, 2018
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