MOUNT CARMEL — Michael J. Romance, 51, of 202 S. Maple St., passed away suddenly Sunday, March 2, 2014, at his home.
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He was born March 25, 1962, in Pottsville, a son of the late Edward A. Romance, the founder and owner of the former WMIM Radio in Mount Carmel, and the late Mary B. (Rudy) Romance.
He was a 1980 graduate of Mount Carmel Area High School, a 1984 graduate of Penn State University and a 1987 graduate of Ohio Northern Law School, in Ada, Ohio.
He worked as an attorney-at-law, serving as Mount Carmel Borough solicitor from 1994 to 2009 and a Northumberland County Public Defender from 1992 to 2013. He also served on Mount Carmel Borough Council from 1990 to 1992.
He was a member of Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel, a former member of Our Mother of Consolation Church, a member and past president of the Mount Carmel Lions Club, a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at Penn State University, a third degree member of the Mount Carmel Knights of Columbus Council 628, and a member of the Mount Carmel Fraternal Order of Eagle Aerie 464. He was also a former member of the Steam Pipers hunting club in Renovo.
Mike enjoyed all Penn State sports and was an avid fly fisherman. He was also an advocate of the Ed Romance chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, which was named after his late father.
Surviving are a sister, Robin Romance, of New Jersey, and his Wheaton Terrier, Daisy, whom he adored.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Romance Jr., on April 4, 1972, and a sister, Angela Ross, on Feb. 19, 1979.
ROMANCE — Michael J. Romance, 51, of 202 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Francis Karwacki as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bertha Cemetery, Tuscarora. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. Friday in the Joseph J. Stutz Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, supervisor. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Mount Carmel Lions Club, 50 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel 17851, or to
. An online guestbook can be signed at www.stutzfuneralhome.com.
Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home
40 South Market Street
Mount Carmel, PA 17851
Published in The News Item on Mar. 6, 2014