Mercedes Zulueta Herrero

June 15, 1941May 10, 2019

Mercedes (Merche) Herrero, 77, passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones, on Friday, May 10. Born Mercedes Zulueta Clavel on June 15, 1941, in Madrid, Spain, Merche was the daughter of Rafael Zulueta Melgarejo and Mercedes Clavel Nolla. She grew up in Murcia, Spain, where she graduated first in her class at Jesús Maria High School. In 1962, she married Javier Herrero Saura and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1966, they moved to the United States, and settled in Charlottesville in 1979. Throughout her life, she maintained strong ties to her native land and extended Spanish family. Merche volunteered for decades at Recording for the Blind, gave blood regularly, and for a few years, taught Spanish at the Covenant School. She will be remembered for her natural grace and her exuberant and contagious love of life. Creative by nature, throughout her life she pursued the arts in study and practice, from pottery to poetry. She enriched the lives of those around her with her sweetness, humor and generosity. Merche is survived by her husband of 56 years, Javier, a retired professor of Spanish Literature at University of Virginia, her children Alberto (Angela), Mercedes, and Matilde (Peter), her grandchildren: Rafael and Javi, her sisters: Maria (Santos), Maribel (Pepe), Mari Carmen (Vicente), and her brother, Rafael ( Fina), 27 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held Monday, May 20, at 11am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 401 Alderman Rd in Charlottesville. Memorial contributions can be made to Children International at


20 May

Memorial Service

11:00 am

St. Thomas Aquinas

401 Alderman Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903


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Bessie Jackson

May 19, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family. I always enjoyed seeing the 2 of you at the store. I will always remember her kindness towards me.
Bessie Jackson

Stephanie & James Nohrnberg

May 14, 2019

Dear Friends: We are deeply saddened by the passing of our virtually life-long friend Merché. She will live in our hearts and memories like a guiding spirit, pointing the way to ideals of constant kindness and warmth, unconditional love, inexhaustible courtesy, unfailing hospitality, and boundless generosity. The beauty in her eyes and face revealed nothing but the faithfulness and devotion in her heart. For hers was the heart of saint: or the soul of an angel. May those who have lost this inestimable treasure take consolation in having had such a truly wonderful person amongst them. Love, Stephanie & Jim Nohrnberg

Carmelo Mesa lago

May 13, 2019

Querido Javier, hijos y nietos.
Acabamos de leer ls triste noticia de la muerte de Merchy y lo sentimos muchisimo. Ella era una mujer exepcional, inteligente, amorosa y dulce. La recordamos en vuestra casa en Point Brize, recibiendo amistades, cocinando, siempre con una sonrisa. Una gran perdida para la familia y sus amigo(a) s. Que descanse en paz. Abrazos, Carmelo y Elena.