THOMAS ROMERO Thomas Romero was born on March 24, 1917 in Dixon, NM. His parents, Fermin and Petronila had six children. Thomas was the oldest son. His schooling began in Dixon. Soon after beginning high school in Espanola, his mother died of tuberculosis. He dropped out to care for his younger siblings Wally, Silver and Julia. His two older sisters, Fina and Carre, had already left home to start their families. He later completed high school in Santa Fe and began working as a musician. It was here that he met his wife of 52 years, Lupe Valdez. Together they had many interesting experiences as a young couple. They lived in rural Wyoming then moved to Fort Sumter and later to Long Beach, California where they both worked in the shipyards. Eventually they returned to Santa Fe to raise their family. Thomas discovered his talent was to be in sales. He started selling Knapp shoes and Wearever utensils. He went on to sell cars, then appliances and finally furniture. In 1956 he opened BargainCenter Furniture on San Francisco Street. He retired at 76 leaving the store to his sons Tom and Leonard. He and Lupe spent the next 20 years traveling and enjoying their grandchildren. When Lupe died in 1996 Tom took up selling chile and pinon to fill the void. He as active and independent until his 95th birthday. He is survived by his brother, Wally Romero; sister, Julia Montoya; close friend, Juanita Lopez; son, Tom; son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Linda; daughter and son-in-law, Marge and Don Jones. His grandchildren and spouses are: Audrey and David, Tim and Claudia, Adrienne and T.J., Matt and Liz, Jeff and Liz, and Mario. Great grandchildren are: Ryjal, Artemisio, Alexis, Antonique, Alec, Lauren, Emilee, Roman and Natalie. Rest is Peace, Dad. Rosary will be held at 10:15 am on May 9th at St. John's Church with the Funeral Mass at 11 am. Burial will be at Rosario Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Pallbearers will be: Jim Maryol, Gabe Romero, Alfonso Jaramillo Jr., Tim, Mario, and Jeff Romero.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900