Nori Romero Colas
September 29, 1931 – June 29, 2019
Dr. Nori Romero Colas passed peacefully in her sleep in her daughter's home in Columbia, South Carolina on June 29th, 2019. She was 87 years old. Born in Matanzas, Cuba on September 29, 1931, she was the second child of seven children to Maria (Baez) Romero and Julio Romero. In Cuba, she received her doctorate in pedagogy from the University of Havana in Havana, Cuba. She was the first of her family to immigrate to the United States after marrying Juan Alfredo Colas (deceased) in 1959. Over the following years in the United States she worked hard to bring her entire family to the states, raise her daughter Madelaine Colas, and complete her Masters degree to become a teacher. She was a New York City public school teacher for 35 years. She is survived by her only daughter, Madelaine Colas and her two grandchildren, Jordan Colas and India Colas Barrows. Her sister Amparo Romero from Fajardo, PR, a brother Julio Romero from Homestead, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews from all over the United States. She is remembered for bringing her entire family to the United States: her parents, all 6 of her siblings, their spouses and children, a total of 19 people. From those first 19 to make it here from Cuba, four generations of Romero descendants have been born in the United States; 120 people and counting owe her a tremendous debt and eternal gratitude for her sacrifices and dedication to keeping her family together. She is predeceased by her parents, Julio and Maria Romero, and her sisters, Orlaida Capote, Ohirdes Estrella Romero, and Paula Ferrer.