Arthur Romero

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ARTHUR "DINTY" ROMERO Passed away peacefully on January 15, 2011 surrounded by his family at his home in Santa Fe. He was 92 and was born on June 26, 1918 in Las Vegas, NM to Don Ricardo and Gregorita Romero. Dinty loved his family first and foremost and is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ophelia. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Michael and daughter Patsy, brothers Richard H. Romero and Louis Romero and his sisters Mary, Amy, Bell and Margie. Dinty inspired his family and others with his amazing work ethic, generosity, love for his family and commitment to his faith. He was also known for his broad smile and outgoing personality. He retired after 42 years with the United States Postal Service. He also retired in 1980 from the United States Naval Reserve as a Senior Chief Petty Officer for which he served on active duty in WWII. He served for more than four decades as a high school sports official for the New Mexico Activities Association for which he was inducted into the NMAA Officials Hall of Fame in 1989. He officiated games and championship games at various high school football fields and gymnasiums as well as UNM's Johnson Gym and "The PIT." He will be forever memorialized at The PIT as the officials locker room will be named in his honor. Dinty was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and loyal fan of the University of Norte Dame and the University of New Mexico. Dinty & Ophelia raised their six children and also cared for their grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his daughters Stephanie of Santa Fe, Thelma Hoessler and husband Ed of Santa Fe, sons Richard and wife Joanne of Rio Rancho, Nestor and wife Angela of Albuquerque, his granddaughter who was truly a daughter to him, Roberta Ortiz, and her husband, Andy, of Farmington. He is also survived by granddaughters Monica Leyba (Jerry) of California, Lisa Kerwin (Garrett) of Albuquerque, Amanda Ortiz of Farmington, Loretta Cohen (Henry) of Austin, TX, grandsons, RJ and Eric of Rio Rancho, Quinn and Liam of Albuquerque, Mickey(Sylvia) and Greg of Colorado and great-grandchildren Noah, Avery, Riley, River, Alex, and his sister Corrine Armijo of Las Vegas NM, brothers Leo(Dora) of California, Bobby of Chicago and Francis (Martha) of Chicago. His is also survived by many nieces & nephews. Public Visitation will begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service with a rosary to follow at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Santa Fe with burial to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30a.m. with full military honors. Pallbearers: Nestor and Richard Romero, Andy Ortiz, Ed Hoessler, Garrett Kerwin & Jerry Leyba. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Dinty Romero Memorial Scholarship Fund at the St. Michael's High School Foundation, 100 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com

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