Assunta Pastore Berry


Assunta Pastore Berry, age 93, a resident of Jarales, NM, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2021. She was born September 1, 1928 in Camaldoli (Naples) Italy, the eighth child of Enrico Pastore and Emma Trotta.

As a young woman, Assunta helped raise many of her nephews and nieces and was like a second mother to many of them.  On June 6, 1959, she married Edwin (Baca) Berry and emigrated to a new life in Adelino, NM, where she became a favorite tía to many of her new nephews and nieces.

Assunta had four sons; Dante, Romano, Ricardo and Eduardo.  She later would become a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Assunta is preceded in death by her parents, and all her brothers and sisters; Franco, Antonio, Carmelina, Teresa, Concetta, Vincenzo, Enrico, Giuseppina and Armando; husband, Edwin, and his family, including her mother and father-in-law, Leocadia Sánchez and Manuel Atocha Baca; Ramón Baca, Gladio and Consuelo Baca, Crisanta and Placido Padilla, Doroteo and Carmen Baca, Filomena and José Otero, and Max and Theresa Baca;  Also her son, Eduardo Berry; grandson, Ramón Berry; niece, Patricia Otero; and nephews, Mario Pari, Piero Malesci, Sandro Pastore, George Baca and Jacob Baca.

Assunta is survived by her sons; Dante and wife Margaret, Romano and wife Montse, Ricardo and wife Sheri; grandchildren; Leah (husband Ryan Abraham); Anna  (husband Joey Ongaga); Marco (wife Jill Marley); Catalina (partner Eagle Clanton); Melania (husband Gerald Burkhart), Dante Jr. (fiancée Michelle Merrell), John, Christian (wife Peña), Denille (partner Josh Chavez) and Lenell; along with twelve great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sabina Pastore, and many loving nephews and nieces throughout Italy, New Mexico and elsewhere.

A public viewing will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. A final viewing will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Tome Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her nephews; Edgard Torres, Roger Padilla, Ramón Baca, Mark Otero, Tim Baca and grandson John Berry. Please sign Assunta’s online tribute at  Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM