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Quirino Mike Romero

September 12, 1963 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Quirino Romero Obituary

Quirino Miguel "Mike" Romero, the sixth of twelve children, was born in Lubbock, TX, on
September 12, 1963. To the late Paul and Carmen Romero of Corona, NM. He
peacefully passed away in Albuquerque, NM, on December 3, 2023 following a lengthy
decline in his health.
Raised in Corona, Mike attended Corona Public School and soon after ventured out to
pursue a vocation in commercial constructionism as an iron worker. Over several years,
he traveled extensively to numerous job sites around the country, often with his brothers
alongside for shared work and camaraderie. He later returned to Corona and built a
quaint bungalow for himself. It was here he found the most peace and comfort… the
warm character of his home was truly his safe haven!
Above all, Mike cherished his relationships with family and friends. He celebrated in
their joy, shared in their struggles, and mourned when they mourned. One close friend
shared, "When you befriended Mike, you had a friend for life." Another agreed, saying,
"He was a good brother and I will miss him." His heart was full of love, and when he
relinquished his temperament to hurt, weariness and frustration, his remorse was
genuine and sincere. Love and forgiveness were his vanguard of his final days, as he
was determined to reconcile differences with the ones he loved before his passing.
Although he chose a life of quiet solitude, when he did come out of his shell, he was a
funny and animated guy who appreciated good food, humorous jokes, 80s music, fast
cars and old-school motorcycles. Leisure afternoon cruising in and around the many
small communities surrounding Corona was enjoyable for Mike; however, it was the
many relationships he had with people across the miles that made him most happy!
Each year Mike would also frequent the Lemitar and Roswell areas to seek out the
hottest of New Mexico's fall chili harvest. For Mike, the hotter the chili, the better - he
reveled in a mouth on fire! It was common for him to prepare green chili dishes for
family and friends who could handle the dynamite heat.
At various points in his life, Mike's spiritual journey was hindered by pain and suffering,
thus hard-won. As a young boy, he was introduced to the Christian faith but later parted
ways with the church; however, he always cherished God's Scripture. In his final years,
he earnestly considered his faith and developed a deeper relationship with Our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ. Mike's salvation gives the family peace; God's promise of
everlasting life blesses them with hope.
Mike is survived by brothers Paul [Laticia], Danny [Deneen], Jessie, and George; sisters
Maria Dearing [Chris], Alvina Holleyman [Lon], and Joanna Romero [Angelica];nephews
Nicholas Hollifield and Matthew Alirez; nieces Brianna Dearing, Courtney Dearing,
Meriah Holleyman, Angelica Alirez, Angelina Romero, Samantha Alirez, Malena Collier,
and numerous extended relatives.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Quirino Antunez; maternal
grandmother Florinda Montoya; paternal Grandmother Maria Guadalupe Romero;
parents Paul and Carmen Romero; brothers Alvie, Floyd Jr., Herman, and Anthony;
uncle Quirino Antunez; foster mom, Rosa Bustamante; nephews Nathan, Arturo, and
Isaac Alirez; and a host of other siblings and extended relatives.
The Romero Family deeply appreciates the generous thoughts and prayers poured out
over Mike and for our family in recent weeks. Additionally, the visits and phone calls he
received during the final days of his life were a tremendous source of joy, peace, and
comfort to him - a deep and heartfelt "thank you" to you all.

There will be a celebration of Mike's life held in Corona on May 4, 2024 at 2pm followed
by a graveside service at the Corona Cemetery on May 5, 2024 at 10 am.


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