Sister Mary Rombach (1924 - 2014)

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Sister Mary Rombach

Sister Mary Ellen Rombach, 89, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died at 9:25 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Ill.

Sister Mary Ellen, (formerly known as Sister Joseph Marie), was born in Saginaw, Mich., on Nov. 8, 1924, the daughter of Joseph and Lena Schrems Rombach. She entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1944, and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1946.

Sister Mary Ellen was a graduate of St. John's School of Nursing and St. Louis University. She later earned a CPE Certificate from St. Mary's College. She served the community as a nurse and pastoral care associate in hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. She also served in AIDS ministry at St. Elizabeth's Hospital's Bethany Place in Belleville, Ill., and at SARA Center in Springfield, Ill.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a twin brother, Joseph Rombach; two sisters, Helen Rombach and Louise Zimmerman; and five infant brothers.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 70 years.

The Franciscan Sisters and the family of Sister Mary Ellen Rombach, OSF are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield, Ill. To offer your condolences please visit

Visitation: A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at St. Francis Convent, 4849 Laverna Rd., Springfield, Ill.

Funeral: Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Clare Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent with Rev John Sullivan, OFM, presiding. Burial will follow at Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

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Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home
900 South Sixth Street Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 544-4646
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 29, 2014