Mrs. Luz Maria Landrove Soto

  • Born: May 29, 1921
  • Died: May 3, 2020
  • Location: Cranford, New Jersey

Gray Memorial Funeral Home

12 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother

Luz Maria Landrove Soto, 98 years of age, passed away on Sunday May 3, 2020, at Atria Senior Living in Cranford, NJ.

Affectionately called Luciola by all who knew and loved her, she was born and grew up in Bayamo, Cuba to Francisco Soto Izquierdo and Eugenia Figueredo Vega. She was the second youngest in a large family, with three sisters and six brothers, all of whom served to guide and encourage her.

Luciola obtained a teaching degree from the College of Santa Clara, Cuba. Given her passion for young children, she became a Kindergarten teacher. Luciola married Andrés Manuel Landrove Aymerich on Christmas Day in 1949. She soon gave birth to her three loving sons Andrés Manuel, Jorge Carlos, and Ricardo Antonio. She dedicated the rest of her life to raising her sons and supporting them in every way that she could.

At age 46, Luciola became the driving force for emigrating her family from Cuba to the U.S. thereby forever changing their lives for the better. Upon arriving in the U.S., she settled in Elizabeth, NJ where the most trying phase of her life began. She worked in a series of factories, eventually settling at Emerson Quiet & Kool, where she toiled at an assembly line building air conditioners until her retirement, which to her surprise would last over thirty years.

Luciola's enthusiasm for sports began early on, as she played softball in Cuba, was a lifelong Yankees fan, and enjoyed watching Michael Jordan while still rooting for the Knicks. She loved music, played the piano, and was an avid dancer. Her opinionated political beliefs prompted her to regularly call radio talk shows. For years, Luciola worked for the Board of Elections to support the democratic process.

Her warm personality, quick-witted sense of humor, and can-do attitude will forever remain her legacy. Most of all, Luciola fought for her sons, for her family, and for herself. Without this fighting spirit, her sons would not be where they are today, nor would her life have been as rich and long as it was.

Luciola was predeceased by her husband in 2006. She is survived by her three loving sons, daughter-in-law Monica, beloved grandchildren Monica and George, his wife Anne, and her dearest great granddaughters Sophia and Caroline. Luciola is also survived by her sister-in-law Susu. She is warmly remembered by her extended family of nieces and nephews.

As a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Luciola succeeded more than she could ever have imagined. We will sincerely miss her presence and cherish her memory forever.

The Landrove family wishes to express their gratitude to the dedicated staff of Atria Senior Living, where Luz resided in the last season of her life. The kind nurses and staff who provided warm and loving care to "Mama Luz" will forever be in our hearts.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My late father met "Mama Luz" at Atria of Cranford where she was a table mate (they ate meals together). I would often join my Dad and try to speak to her. She was kind and often complemented me about my clothing. My Dad died one day before her. Our family sends sincere condolences to her family. She will be missed.

Posted by Mary-Lou Jackson - Scotch Plains, NJ - Friend   May 15, 2020

Gracias por siempre servirnos de inspiración y apoyo. Por siempre tratarnos con tanto cariño y sobre todo enseñarnos con tu ejemplo lo importante que es el amor de familia.

Posted by Vicky Milanes Familia Ocasio-Milanes - Catano - Family   May 09, 2020

Andres, Monica & family, my sincere condolences on your mother's passing. Reading her obituary, reinforces what we all knew about her, a beautiful, strong-willed woman, who never backed down from her point of view, and always did it with her family's best interest at heart. She lived an inspiring life. God bless you in your time of mourning, and may she rest in peace.

Posted by Joyce House - Cranford, NJ - Family Friend   May 08, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the entire family. May she rest in eternal peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Posted by Rita & Joe DiPalo - Edison, NJ - Family Friend   May 07, 2020


You all know how much we loved "La Chiquitina"! She was one of our favorite aunts and holds a special place in our hearts. We thank the Lord that she is now enjoying being in His Presence. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace as you grieve her loss. God bless you! Love, Pupi & Borji

Posted by Borja/Rafael Del Campo - Hillsborough, NJ - Family   May 07, 2020

Te quise mucho a esa tia tan bella y carinosa que me conentia tanto nunca te olvidare
Carlos Milanes Soto

Posted by Carlos Milanes - Orlando, FL - Family   May 07, 2020

May she rest in Eternal Peace, loved my Tia Luciola and we are saddened that we were unable to visit with her as we were planning to do before current events, condolences to my cousins and the extended family. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Jorge Soto - Clewiston, FL - Family   May 07, 2020

Nuestras sentidas condolencias para Andy, Jorge Carlos, Richard y familiares.
Descansa en Paz Tia Luciola, celebramos tu vida y deseamos tu descanso eterno, Amen

Posted by Alfredo Soto Aguirre - San Juan - Family   May 07, 2020

Tia Luciola, thanks for the memories and for being such a wonderful , affectionate aunt ! ♥♥

Posted by Teresa Garces - Miami, FL - Family   May 07, 2020

George, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have always enjoyed your stories about your mother and family, and her obituary reflects the strength with which she lived her life and fought for her family.

Again, I wish you and your family the best as you grieve for your mother.

George Peterson

Posted by George Peterson - Glen Ridge, NJ - Family Friend   May 05, 2020

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