History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Nicanor C. “Daddy Nick” Romero and his wife, Alfides “Sister” Vallejos Romero, founded Romero Funeral Home in 1936. The couple felt it an unnecessary burden to have to take a loved one to “the big city” (Albuquerque) for funeral services. Their vision was to provide families in the Belen area with a locally owned funeral home to care for their needs during a most difficult time.

N.C. and Alfides set out and succeeded in making their vision a reality. They provided comfort and care to the people of our community for twenty-four years before proudly handing the business down to their daughter, Annie, her husband, Salomon “Salo” Garcia, their son, Arno Romero, and his wife, Barbara. After the deaths of Annie in 1992, Salo in 1995, and Arno in 1983, the family business was then passed on to Annie and Salo’s son, Estanislado “Tiny” Garcia, and Arno and Barbara’s son Dicky Romero and his wife Suzanne.

 Arno Romero

Estanislado "Tiny" Garcia

Our Valued Staff

Dicky and Suzanne  Romero

Dicky and Suzanne Romero, Owners

Dicky and Suzanne Romero have continued to keep the Romero tradition strong.

Both Dicky and Suzanne are the current owners of Romero Funeral Home.

Suzanne holds an intern license in arranging/directing, while Dicky holds intern licenses in both arranging/directing and embalming.

Rosalinda “Rosa” A.  Ortiz

Rosalinda “Rosa” A. Ortiz, Funeral Service Practitioner

Rosalinda “Rosa” A. Ortiz is proud to be the Funeral Service Practitioner (FSP) for Romero Funeral Home. She was born in Bosque, NM and is the daughter of Martin & Karen Martinez. Rosa graduated Belen High School in 2002 and Mesa Community College in Mesa Arizona in 2007 with a degree in Mortuary Science.

“My dream was to work for Romero Funeral Home. Being employed by a long-time family owned funeral home gives me the opportunity to learn from people that have passed their experience from generation to generation. I find this to be extremely valuable in serving the families in and around Valencia County and to be able to give them the care that they have come to expect from Romero Funeral Home since 1936. Rosalinda has been the FSP for Romero Funeral Home since 2008. She is Married to the love of her life, Carlos Ortiz, together they have two amazing children Santiago, age 5 and Carla, 3.

Jennifer Valdez-Lucero

Jennifer Valdez-Lucero, Office Manager

Jennifer Valdez-Lucero joined Romero Funeral Home in November 2016 as the lead office manager. Jennifer grew up in Willard, NM, and graduated from Estancia High School. After moving to Los Lunas, she attended the University of New Mexico where she studied Film & Digital Media. In her spare time, Jennifer also works as a licensed primary sports performance nutritionist and a Crossfit Level 1 coach at a local gym. She is passionate about health and fitness and enjoys competing in Crossfit as well as training in Strongman and Weightlifting. Jennifer plans to further serve the community of Valencia County as a part of Romero Funeral Home. She is currently in the process of becoming a Funeral Service Intern to help families in their time of need and will soon begin studying for her state license to become a pre-need funeral specialist

Andrew  Tabet

Andrew Tabet, First Call Team

Andrew W. “Andy” Tabet, a life-long resident of Valencia County and son of Philip and Yolanda Romero Tabet has always taken pride in serving his community. Raised in Bosque, N.M. and at 18 years of age, he became one of the youngest volunteer firefighters with the Abeytas, NM Fire Department. After six years of service in Abeytas and surrounding areas, he joined the Belen Fire Department. There he served another 10 years of service. He is now very proud to be carrying on the family legacy of Gilbert Tabet and his son Philip in being director of operations for both Circle T’s in Belen, one of the oldest family businesses in the area. “Now, I am proud to join another long-time family run business; Romero Funeral Home. This opportunity allows me to continue serving my community by being always available for family’s who have entrusted their loved ones to Romero Funeral Home.”

William Britton

William Britton, First Call Team

William Britton, known as "Bill" was born in Santa Fe, NM, and raised in Belen. He is a 1961 Graduate of Albuquerque High School. In 1965 he attended college at St. Joseph's where he obtained his Bachelors in Art. Bill is married to his lovely wife Shirley. He has worked for Romero Funeral Home since 1990 and has been with us on and off since. At a young age Bill worked with Arno Romero and Salo Garcia until moving to Albuquerque. He took that experience of caring and understanding for others throughout his life.. In his spare time Bill is an avid outdoorsman and has successfully guided several handicap hunters throughout all the hunting units in New Mexico.

Daniel Minner

Daniel Minner, Funeral Service Intern

Daniel Minner, was born and raised in Belen, NM. Graduated from Valencia Campus in 2007, Went to school for goldsmith apprenticeship and is considered a Master Goldsmith with his training. He has a passion in cutting diamonds and making unique jewelry and has also owned a shop in Old Town. He joined the Romero Family in 2016 and is currently working towards becoming a licensed intern in preparation and embalming, in order to help families in having a peaceful final viewing of their loved ones. "I am fortunate to be learning from a family that is honored when Romero Funeral Home is chosen to take care of their loved ones final disposition."

Kelly Ortega

Kelly Ortega, Office Staff

Kelly Ortega, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in the South Valley. She is the daughter of LeRoy and Karen Ortega. Kelly has worked for over 20 years in an office. Kelly has the experience in solving problems and coming up with a strategy to help run the office. She has a strong team work ethic and she has the compassion to help our families in anyway that she can. Kelly is a critical part of our team at Romero Funeral Home. "I feel fortunate to be working for a business that has been serving the community for three generations."