Mirta Fe Gallego

Mirta Fe Gallego, a longtime resident of the Bronx, died on February 24, 2021. She was 77.

Mrs. Gallego was born on October 6, 1943 in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico to the late Serafin Nieves and America Alvarez. Mirta was a dedicated New York City educator who worked as an early childhood teacher at C.S. 211 in the Bronx for almost 30 years. Her creativity, passion, and guidance helped countless students and aspiring teachers. C.S. 211 was her home away from home. The only thing Mirta loved more than her students was her family. She was a devoted sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Once she retired she channeled her energy into nurturing her grandchildren. Every day that Mirta lived, she did so with grace, selflessness, and heart. She will be terribly missed by all who knew her.

Mirta is predeceased by her husband George Gallego and survived by her sister and brother, Carmen Ana Nieves and Serafin Nieves, her daughters, Christina Shaw and Melissa DeMuth, son-in-laws, Richard Shaw and William DeMuth and grandchildren, Richard Shaw, Jr., Alyssa Shaw and Jacqueline Shaw.

Visiting will be Sunday from 2-6pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends who wish to attend the visitation virtually may do so by clicking the following link at any time during the visitation times Gallego Virtual Visitation Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10am at St. Helena’s Church, 1315 Olmstead Avenue, Bronx. Interment will follow at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a charitable donation to either Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital  or the non-profit organization supporting your local school district.




  1. Arianne H Haley on February 26, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Mrs Gallego leaves behind one of the strongest women I know in her daughter Christina. It is a legacy and testament to her own passion and ability to inspire others. Christina, I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Angelo Raus on February 26, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Christina and Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom Mirta. She is beautiful. My Deepest Sympathy and Condolences.

    My prayers are with you and your Family. God Bless You All!

    • Heather Miller on March 5, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      Dear Melissa,
      My deepest condolences. What an amazing woman and a life well lived. The video was a beautiful testament to how much love was in your mother’s life. Wishing you solace in knowing how much joy you brought your mother,

  3. Lori Mulligan on February 26, 2021 at 3:38 pm


    Looking at your mother, I see the where your inner strength began. You will keep her love and her spirit in your heart. Sending prayers to you and your family, Lori

  4. Lorraine Termini on February 26, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Christina and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Christina, I know how much your mother means to you and she will be with you always. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    • Allyson Mahoney on February 27, 2021 at 8:14 am

      I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman and it certainly explains how you became such a passionate and inspiring teacher. You obviously learned from one of the best. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and I will be thinking of you and your family as well as sending love your way. I know how difficult this is as I have lived through it, please reach out if I can do anything for you.
      Allyson Mahoney

  5. Aaron Hull on February 26, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Christina, you are in our prayers at this challenging time. Your consummate dedication to the students and staff at Greenwich High School is a daily tribute to your mother- what amazing educators you both are.

  6. Marisol Yika on February 26, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I feel deeply your pain. Your Mother will guide you on your life now Her love will be with you all the time. You and your family are on my prayers.

  7. Hector M. Noriega on February 27, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Dear Family:
    My name is Hector M. Noriega Nazario. I am the son oy my beloved mother Nydia Nazario de Noriega, daughter of Rosario Alvarez (Abuela Sayo). Abuela Sayo was the sister of America. My mom was Mirta’s cousin, meaning that I am a second cousin. My wife, and kids met Mirta and her family many years ago when I lived in Flushing, Queens between 1984 and 1991.
    The little time that I met and came to know Mirta, I immediately knew that she was a loving and caring human being. She learned that from her mother America, same way as I did from my mom and grandma.
    Our sincere condolences to the entire family on that side of the Alvarez, many that I have not personally met, nonetheless, we all are brother and sisters under the protection of our mighty God.
    Pray that God gives you peace and strength in these difficult moments. I have the confidence and trust that Mirta is resting. No more pain associated with the cancer, which by the way also took my mother in 2018. Mirta, America, Sayo, Nydia, Balo, Junior, Nilda, Nereida, Berto, Nelida are all together again in the presence of our savior Jesus and God. That is a great comfort knowing that one day we will meet again for eternity.
    Sincerely, Hector, Elizabeth, Eli A. and Hector E (Pembroke Pines, Florida)

    • Myrna Bento on February 28, 2021 at 2:27 am

      Carmen Ana, Willie, Cristina, Melissa and family,
      You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

      Mirta was an incredibly generous, kind and giving person. I am so thankful for all the wonderful memories and laughs that she shared with us telling stories about our family.
      She was an exceptional cousin and will be deeply missed.

      Love Myrna Bento

  8. Hector M Noriega on February 28, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Just saw the you tube video tribute to Mirta’s life. It is a great tribute to a beautiful and caring human being. Rest in peace and I will not say “goodbye” but “so long”.

  9. Amanda Finn on February 28, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Christina and Family,

    I am so so sorry for this profound loss. All I’ve ever heard about Mirta was what a wonderful mother she was, up until her last moments. I hope that you are surrounded by so much love, and find peace and comfort during this difficult time. I have never met Mirta, but it’s clear how wonderful she was; she raised a strong and compassionate daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Suzanne Patti on February 28, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Dear Christina,

    I always enjoyed hearing incredible stories about your Mom. She was a beautiful person who nurtured her beautiful family. Her love will live forever!

    Hugs to all

  11. Sandra M. Gallego & family on February 28, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    We love you Titi Mirta and you will be missed. xoxo

  12. Jeff Litt on February 28, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Dear Melissa and Christina,
    My sincerest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jeff Litt

  13. Liz on February 28, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Rest in peace dear Titi Mirta. You will be missed by all of us.

  14. Colleen Mayo on February 28, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Dear Christina (and family),

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time. I know how much your mother means to you and I hope remembering all the good memories will help you find comfort in the days, months and years ahead.

    My love to all,
    Colleen Mayo

  15. Kathy Steiner on March 1, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Christina- I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May her love, strength and memories sustain you in this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With Sympathy,
    Kathy Steiner

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