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Major Manuel M. Bertoldo, Retired, of Safford and a United States Air Force veteran, entered into rest Friday, April 30, 2021, at his residence with his loving family around him. He was 89.
Funeral services for Mr. Bertoldo are currently pending and will be announced at a later date.
Lourdes Maddock lit a candle for Manuel Bertoldo
Lourdes Maddock May 5 2021 1:31 PM
Larry and Christina Ramirez lit a candle for Manuel Bertoldo
Larry and Christina Ramirez May 4 2021 11:49 PM
Kathy Garrett lit a candle for Manuel Bertoldo
Kathy Garrett May 4 2021 8:24 PM
Joe Plasencio lit a candle for Manuel Bertoldo
Joe Plasencio May 4 2021 9:56 AM
There is a Greek phrase i discovered when i was in college - "Ethos Anthropos Daimon" which was written by the ancient philosopher Heraclitus which literally translates to "Character is Fate or Destiny" or simply a man's character defines his fate or more clearly put "you create the reality you know or your own destiny".
Today I take homage in celebrating the life of a man who i believe was a fine example of just what that phrase brings to mind...Manuel Bertoldo whom our family always referred to as "Nelly", was an uncle, a father, a little brother at one point to his siblings that have passed on and the epitome of a big brother to his younger sisters. He was also a Godfather, grandfather, a compadre, a great grandfather and even a great, great grandfather but most importantly he was a dear and trusted friend to us all. His passing will certainly leave a deep crevice in our family's foundation, however, he is one of the main reasons why our family has such a solidified foundation in the first place. When i think of my uncle "Nellie" i think of him as the Bertoldo family Philosopher....why? ... because as i break down the term philosopher (which means an intellectual who contributes to one or more branches of philosophy) ....i then also define the word "philosophy" itself which means - a theory or attitude held by a person or organization that acts as a guiding principle for behavior. That pillar of character is what my uncle stood for in my mind and in my heart ever since i was a child running through the back hills of San Jose. He was my cornerstone of the man that i aspired to become as an adult. He had a profound influence on my life and was my inspiration and the distinctive guiding principle of the man i wished to be someday. He was Truly a person that people looked up to, confided in, respected and valued for his opinion and sought out for his wisdom, but most importantly remembered for how much he loved his entire family as big as it was, (and the only thing bigger than his family was his heart). i remember how he always looked forward to the next family gathering as these events warmed his heart tremendously (that and the food that came along with it). He will always be missed but certainly never forgotten as he has produced another cornerstone for my own family in me!
Vaya Con Dios to my uncle, my Tio and my friend.
Andrew Gerbig May 4 2021 1:05 AM
Andrew Gerbig lit a candle for Manuel Bertoldo
Andrew Gerbig May 4 2021 1:02 AM
Sending all our love to the family - an amazing man & Uncle who will be greatly missed.
Francie Palmer May 4 2021 12:23 AM
LIZ & RANDY --- SOOO SORY FOR YOR LOSS - MAY HE REST N PEACE - U ARE IN ARE THOUGHTS & PRAYERS lit a candle for Manuel Bertoldo
LIZ & RANDY --- SOOO SORY FOR YOR LOSS - MAY HE REST N PEACE - U ARE IN ARE THOUGHTS & PRAYERS May 3 2021 11:40 PM
Lisa Plasencio Montgomery lit a candle for Manuel Bertoldo
Lisa Plasencio Montgomery May 3 2021 11:24 PM
My heartfelt condolences to my Aunt Dolores, Manuel, Jr, Michael, Johanna and all our extended family. Uncle Nellie will be greatly missed.
Patricia Luna Gallegos May 3 2021 9:48 PM