Shirley Jean Bergeson, who presented the world with 89 years of spunk, hard work, humor and grit, passed away on March 27, 2019, in Longmont, Colo. — 40 years to the month after the death of the love of her life, Harold Bergeson.
Shirley was born June 10, 1929, in a little house on the prairie in eastern North Dakota to Ole and Ella Gilbertson. Through no fault of her own, the stock market crashed later that year and set the stage for a period that deeply influenced her perspective.
Shirley moved with her parents and three brothers to Lake Park, Minn., when she was just 8 years old, and her father was only a couple of years from his untimely death — another significant event that shaped her life.
In Lake Park, Shirley enjoyed an invaluable nurturing community and school system that she boasted of often. Navigating adolescence during World War II solidified a deep love for her country. Shirley earned her way through the University of Minnesota graduating with a BS in home economics.
While at her first teaching job in Dawson, Minn., Shirley reconnected with her high school classmate, whom she married a few years later.
In 1958, with her first son, Bruce, on the way, Shirley and Harold moved to Belen, where she became an active member of the community for 55 years. Shirley taught at Los Lunas High School for 12 years, during which time she had another boy, Eric. She stepped away from teaching for five years to help run the family business — Bergeson Main Pharmacy, at 205 S. Main St. in Belen.
Tragedy struck with the sudden debilitating illness of Harold in 1974 and his subsequent death in 1979. After closing the drugstore, Shirley returned to teaching in the Belen Consolidated Schools. Always believing that work is a blessing, she pursued a successful second career as a real estate agent for nearly 20 years after retiring from education.
She was an avid and active member of the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of the Minnesota Vikings — “The Vikes.”
In addition to her sons, Shirley leaves behind her brother, Roger Gilbertson; her daughter-in-law, Tammy; and her grandchildren, Kelsey, Haley and Lucas.
Shirley was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a loyal friend, a good Republican and a patriotic American. She was tough, she was genuine and she was sincere. We celebrate her tenacious life and are grateful for who she was and how she impacted us. May God bless her.
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Ross D. Gomez
Ross D. Gomez, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away at the Los Palomas Center on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Ross lived a very healthy life until five years ago when he suffered a stroke.
Ross is survived by his father, Ross J. Gomez, of Albuquerque.
Ross is survived by his mother, Annabelle Tafoya, and husband, Adelico, of Los Lunas; one sister, Christine Vigil and husband, Arnold Vigil, of Chimayo, N.M.; two brothers, John Humphries and wife, Cheryl Humphries, of Bosque Farms, and Paul Humphries, of Los Lunas; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Interment was at Terrace Grove Cemetery on April 1.
Dylan Kaiser is survived by his daughter, Aurelia Rufina Ruth Kaiser; mother, Jennifer Kaiser Trujillo; brother, Richard Trujillo; father, Benjamin Montoya; stepmother, Erica Montoya; three brothers, Ben, Stefon and Damion; sister, Mercedes; maternal grandparents, Charlotte Kaiser Leon and Alvin Chapmen; paternal grandparents, Ben Montoya, Ruben and Theresa Perea and Odis and Myra Caster; great-grandparents, Ruth Hanks and Mary Pacheco; two aunts, four uncles and many cousins.
He also leaves behind his girlfriend, Kasandra.
Dylan was a correctional officer at the Valencia County Detention Center for two years. He was a 2013 graduate of Valencia High School. He was loved by all.
A visitation will be held at 9 a.m., on Friday, April 4, and a Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at San Isidro Catholic Church in Las Nutrias.
Humberto “Tito” de la Rosa
Humberto “Tito” de la Rosa, born in Zacatecas, Mexico, on April 1, 1936, passed away on March 28, 2019, in Albuquerque.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Roberta; as well as their children, Diana (Ryan) Galey, Marcus (Sarah), Kathy (Eddie) and Leonardo; several grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, an online guest register and service times are available at noblin.com.
Francis Shorthair, age 73, a resident of Los Lunas since 1969, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
He is preceded in death by Ramon J. Barela Sr.
Francis is survived by friends and family who loved him and cared for him.
He overcame many obstacles to live a rich, cared for and purposeful life. Francis will be missed. Rest in peace.
Cremation has taken place. His family is having private services at a later date.
Please sign Francis’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.