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Milagros Romero Turned Passion For Learning Into A Teaching Career
by Amy C. Rippel, Sentinel Staff Writer
June 29, 2003
Milagros Romero had a passion for learning, and it showed in her long career as a teacher, her family said.
Romero was a teacher for nearly 30 years in Puerto Rico, Philadelphia and Kissimmee. She loved helping children learn, said her stepson Robert Pereira.
"She influenced a lot of young lives," Pereira said. "She loved her career as a teacher."
Romero, 57, of Poinciana died Saturday after battling cancer.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Romero taught history there for 19 years. Pereira said Romero was fascinated with Puerto Rican history and loved to learn as much as she could about it. For her birthdays and holidays, family members knew they could get her books about Puerto Rican history and she'd be very happy, he said.
Romero was married to her first husband for about 16 years. Then she moved to Philadelphia with her current husband, Luis Rodriguez. They have been married about 15 years.
While in Philadelphia, Romero continued her passion for teaching. She taught there for about six years.
After suffering a back injury from a fall, Romero moved to Central Florida. Once she was feeling better, she jumped back into her favorite thing: teaching. For three years, she taught English to non-native-speaking fourth-graders at Osceola County elementary schools, including Deerwood Elementary.
When she wasn't teaching, Romero loved reading and shopping at the Florida Mall. About five years ago, Romero became a born-again Christian. She enjoyed spending time at her church, Nueva Jerusalem in Poinciana, Pereira said.
"It fulfilled her," Pereira said. "She found something that really fulfilled her, and it made a big change in her life."
In 1999, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. After beating that, she found out she had liver cancer.
"She was a real fighter," he said.
Pereira said Romero would be most remembered for her kindness and "the fact that she cared about people."
Romero also is survived by three daughters, Desiree Pereira-Reyes of Fort Lauderdale, Mireya Pereira of Orlando and Amarylis Pereira of San Juan; and one son, Alexis Roberto Pereira of Philadelphia.