Ofelia Romero (nee: Rael)
Sunrise: Saturday 10/28/1922
Sunset: Friday 01/08/2021
“ I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith”
It is with a deep sense of loss that the Romero Family announces the passing of our beloved mother Ofelia Romero, a lifelong resident of New Mexico. She passed quietly into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ of natural causes. She was known by names like Peewee, Vieja, Vecina, Lita, Grandma, Mrs. Romero, but to us, she was always Mom. She always kept all of us in her daily prayers.
Ofelia was born the second of twelve children to Leopoldo and Sofia Rael in Sile, New Mexico. She also had a half-sister from her father's previous marriage, Louisa. Her parents operated a general store in Cochiti Pueblo where she spent her formative years. Those years in the pueblo fortified her with memories that lasted a lifetime, even to the time of her death. She learned the native language, Keresan, and continued to speak it over the years. She attended school in Pena Blanca, NM which was, at the time, no more than a schoolhouse. She was a charter member of the greatest generation, where hard work, family, and the love of God were held in high regard, no matter your social standing. Ofelia was staunch in her love of God and the Catholic Church, the undying love of which helped her through many trying times. The most memorable precept that she espoused was to never forget the poor, even though she, herself, had experienced that very heavy burden. Ofelia married Amado A Romero (WWII POW) in 1950, a marriage which lasted until Amado's death in 2002. Their holy union produced ten children. After moving around for Amado’s work, they settled down to raise their family in the North Valley of Albuquerque in 1955, where she lived up until the time of her death. She was a member in good standing of St. Joseph’s on the Rio Grande Catholic parish.
Ofelia's talents included her beautiful operatic voice and her amazing culinary skills. She also loved to dance. She even participated in tribal dances in Cochiti Pueblo as a young girl.
Ofelia is preceded in death by her parents Leopoldo and Sofia, her husband of 52 years Amado, her beloved son Leo, and her son-in-law Jon Facey, her sister's Lousia Crespin, Diane Kroff, and Angela, and brothers Henry, Leo, Ralph, Ivan, Oliver, Arnold, and David. She is survived by her children Mark, James (Doris), Maria, Leonard, Helen Johnsen (Mike), David, Patrick, Ann Margaret Bieri (Mark), and John (Abigail). She also leaves behind eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Her surviving siblings include Lionel Rael (Caroline), Angela Viola Dominguez, and Eppie Rael (Elsie). She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Celedonia Rael, Priscilla Rael, Pat Rael, and brother-in-law Herb Korff, as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our siblings Maria, Leonard, Pat, and Ann who tirelessly cared for mom 24/7 in her time of need. We would also like to thank High Desert Hospice for their assistance in her care in the last days of her life. A Catholic service with reception will take place at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please support the poor and disadvantaged as Ofelia would have wanted. Our Mother would emphatically say Do not be sad for me because I am now in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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