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JUAN D. ROMERO went to be with our Lord on December 24, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Tesuque, NM, born on April 13, 1933. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend who touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a man of great integrity and was an example of strength to his family. He loved the beautiful village of Tesuque, where he grew up and served his community with great pride. He helped co-found the Tesuque Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a fire chief and was the president of Las Tres Villas. He was a teacher, coach and mentor and was a blessing in the lives of so many. A man of strong character and work ethic, Juan worked as the cafeteria Director for the Santa Fe Public Schools and as the Food Administrator for the NM State Penitentiary. He enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the 2nd Armored Division during the Occupation of Germany and volunteered for the Korean Conflict where he served in the 7th Infantry Division. Juan had a strong faith and was a longstanding member of San Isidro Mission Church in Tesuque. Together with his sweetheart Rosina, he raised 10 children. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rosina, and his ten children: Patsy Baca, John Romero (Larri), Mark Romero (Velma), Anna Eccles (Scott), Becky Martinez (Dale), Chris Romero (Thao), Steve Romero (Cassandra), Rick Romero (Melissa), Donald Romero and Bernadette Jaramillo (Vince); 21 grandchildren: Patrick, Lawrence, Vincent, Jacob, Sarah, Christopher, Leslie, Veronica, Daniel, Eric, Elissa, Joshua, Andrea, Christina, Hope, Andrew, Diego, Mateo, Hadlee, Nico and Miquela, five great grandchildren: Patrick, Angelo, Mariah, Isabell and Ethan, and one great-great grandchild, Laneah; special uncle Sofio Gonzales; brothers: Sam, Leroy, Julian, Ron and sister Patsy; Sister-in-law Eileen Rodriguez and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his adopted parents Manuel and Della Ortega, biological mother Euphelia Zuniga, brother George Romero, and granddaughter Isabella. Our hearts are so broken to say goodbye to you Juan, Dad, Grandpa, Pops, Johnny, but we know you are home. The legacy you left behind reminds us to live a life of substance, faith and to always share our love with one another. You didn't just teach us what was important in life, you showed us every day. A rosary will be recited at San Isidro Mission Church in Tesuque on Monday, December 30 at 6:30 p.m. A catholic mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 31 at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church followed by a burial at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m. Juan's six sons will serve as pallbearers.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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