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1652 Central Park Ave.,
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Yonkers, NY 10705
Phone: (914) 963-5178
1652 Central Park Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: (914) 963-5178
1652 Central Park Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: (914) 963-5178
1652 Central Park Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: (914) 963-5178

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Obituary for Noemi Soto

Noemi  Soto
Noemi Soto was born on October 22, 1943, in town of Santurce, on the enchanted island of Puerto Rico to Jose and Ana Perez. She was one of 14 siblings, 9 of which she grew up with and helped her parents to care for.

As a child, she contracted rheumatic fever shortly after the family moved to Brooklyn and lived in a hospital in Westchester County, for at least a year. While this experience was very difficult, it also strengthened her relationship with her father Jose, and shaped Noemi’s sense of family. As many can attest, she had a deep sense of keeping family close to her heart.

As a teenager she met and eventually married Rafael, the love of her life. Their marriage spanned 55 years and gave them 2 daughters, Jacqueline and Diana. Noemi would balance her duties as a homemaker and care giver with work, ultimately spending many years at home dedicated to raising her children. Upon returning to work in the 1980’s she landed a job with the city of New York, working in Audits & Accounts. As Noemi would like to say, she paid the bills for NYC.

Noemi was full of life and enjoyed dancing and having fun, celebrating holidays and special occasions with her sweetheart, Rafael and family. Her big heart motivated her to open her home to anyone who was in need. Over the years, while raising their family, Noemi and Rafael welcomed numerous family members, distant relatives and even strangers into their home in Brooklyn. She had a love of nature, which included butterflies, elephants and turtles. Noemi loved to travel and especially enjoyed going to the beach, which is why Puerto Rico and Hawaii would become her favorite destinations.

Noemi was a loving mother who instilled in her daughters, Jacqueline and Diana, a sense of strength and independence as she wanted to ensure that no matter what life would bring them, they could both stand on their own two feet. She was extremely proud to welcome her two sons-in-law into the family. Both Carlito and Jaime had a special place in her heart, as she knew how well they both love and care for her daughters.
When Noemi became a grandmother and welcomed Jaime into her life, she was overcome with pure joy. From the moment she laid eyes on him, he would own her heart and she wanted to ensure that he knew who she was. She spent as much time as she could with Jaime, playing, babysitting, cooking his favorite meals and attending school and sports events. She was determined to watch him grow up which gave her extraordinary strength during the last nine years of her life. Noemi was called back home to live with the angels on April 9, 2018.

Noemi Soto is survived by her husband, Rafael Soto Arroyo, their daughters, Jacqueline Soto Cabrera and Diana Soto, her grandson, Jaime C. Padilla, and her sons-in-law, Carlito Cabrera and Jaime Padilla. Her siblings Josephine Perrone, Felix Perez, Sonia Perez Scott, Zoraida Perez Santana, Miriam Perez Daley and Lilia Perez Cruz, along with her brothers-in-law, Marlin Scott, Roy Daley and Victor Cruz. Her godchildren Lilia Perez Cruz, Evyette Lugo-Ortiz, Abigail Rodriguez Burton, Jacqueline Perez Rabinowitz, Stephen Anthony Santana and Ashley Nicole Cruz, along with numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She was powerful
Not because she wasn’t scared
But because she went on so strongly
Despite the fear
- Atticus

In lieu of flowers and with sincere appreciation from her family, donations in the name of Noemi Soto may be made to the Lukemia & Lymphoma Society (lls.org).
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