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.


Susan Vialpando Ortega

Susan Vialpando Ortega, Administrative Assistant

Susan is from Los Lunas, NM and lived in San Juan Capistrano, California for 30 years, where she worked for the Chairman of the Board of the largest staffing company in California for 21 years. She is married to Mike Ortega, of San Clemente, CA, and they have two sons, Adam & Michael. Susan & Mike enjoy spending time with their 2 Chihuahau's, Hector and Coco and they love golfing on the weekend. "We are happy to be back living in "the Land of Enchantment".
Susan enjoys helping families that she has known her whole life, due to being raised in the area. It seems she knows everyone that walks through our door and it is a pleasure to be able to help them in their time of need.


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 Jeanne. 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.


Pete J. Vital

Pete J. Vital


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.”


Raquel R. Torres

Raquel R. Torres, Administrative Assistant

Raquel a lifelong resident of Los Lunas came to join our team in January 2018. She is the youngest and only daughter to David and Ramona Torres of Los Lunas. At the age of 16, she knew she had a calling to help others, since then she has made a career as a Firefighter/ EMT. When she is not at the fire house or funeral home you can find her at home with her life partner Matthew Duran, where they spend their down time walking in the desert or cuddling with their two dogs; Bombero, an English Bulldog and Dita, a French Bulldog. Raquel also enjoys photography in her free time. “I am excited to be part of the Romero Funeral Home Team, it’s a blessing to continue to do what I love by providing the best care and compassion to those who are in need.”


Marrisa  Martinez

Marrisa Martinez

Marrisa was born and raised in Bosque, New Mexico. She recently graduated High School while doing many extracurricular activities. Marrisa was in the National Honor Society for three years and the Staters Program which helps the community of Belen. She has been playing volleyball since she was in 6th grade, learned and taught by Rosalinda Ortiz. She was an all-tournament player and was on the all district academic team. Marrisa started playing tennis as a freshman and went to State Championship Tournament as a sophomore. Through her years in High School she accomplished winning many gold and silver medals in her doubles matches. Her senior years, she and her doubles partner made it to the Quarter Finals in State. Throughout most of her life she and her siblings helped out at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Veguita. Her plans for the future are to get her basics at the UNMVC as a Forensics Photographer and then transfer to New Mexico State University.