Thursday, April 25, 2019

Remembering Dr. Aleli Romero

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Dr. Aleli Romero who passed away on April 10, 2019. Aleli served on the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Board of Directors in the mid- 90s and accepted the position of Board President in 1999. Aleli was one of the early donors who supported A Place for Girls (APFG) when it opened in 1996. The First Aid Room at APFG is named in her honor.

After her term ended in 2001, she continued to volunteer and helped organize community health fairs, bringing together Girl Scouts and the Filipino Health Alliance. In addition, she launched a physician’s mentoring program, providing Girl Scouts with an opportunity to work-shadow a health professional.

Aleli wasn't a Girl Scout growing up in the Philippines, but her service as an adult volunteer reflected our Girl Scout core principles of leadership, strong values, social conscience and personal conviction. During an interview in 2008, she said, “My Girl Scout participation stems from a belief in the organization's mission of encouraging and empowering girls.”

Aleli will not only be remembered for her Girl Scout volunteerism, but her many other volunteer roles in the community. She was the founder and organizer of Dance for Cancer, a fundraiser that benefits the Patient Assistance Fund at Chesapeake Regional Hospital’s Cancer Treatment Center and Lee's Friends in Norfolk. As with all things, she found a way to include Girl Scouts and recruited them to help with decorations upon many occasions. She was also a founding member of the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia and helped organize an exchange program where Girl Scout troops were invited to participate in events at the Center and members from the Center spent time at A Place for Girls.

Aleli was an inspiration to all, but especially to children. She felt strongly that it was our role as adults to be mentors and role models. To the Girl Scouts she would meet, she said, “Study hard, because you can be a doctor when you grow up,” a message she received as a girl in third grade from a favorite uncle.

Girl Scouts and the community will dearly miss her. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Deacon Cris Romero, her eldest daughter, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Romero and her husband Tim Turner, her son, Alchrysanth G. Romero and partner Michael Kruelle, and youngest daughter, Dr. Cynthia Corrine Romero and her husband, Dr. Marc. Munoz. Dr. Aleli Romero also leaves behind a legacy of generosity, joy and service especially within the lives of her patients over 35 years, the Filipino-American community and the region of Hampton Roads.

The family invites friends to the wake service scheduled for Friday, April 26 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 3314 Sandra Lane, Virginia Beach. Visitation starts at 5 p.m., Novena Prayers begin at 6 p.m., followed by a service and reception. The Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Saturday, April 27 starting at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church.