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Anna Louise Rooney

CHILLICOTHE: Anna Louise Rooney, 36, always known as Annie, of Chillicothe, Ohio was taken from us at 1:30 a.m. on July 5, 2013. Annie was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 14, 1977 to Dr. Richard C. Rooney and Carole Mayer Rooney of Chillicothe, Ohio.

She graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio in 1995, where she was a star athlete. Annie graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1999 and the Law School of Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon in 2007. Prior to returning home to Chillicothe, Annie was a prosecuting attorney in Bozeman, Montana, where she served her community by aggressively prosecuting domestic violence cases, and as Assistant Music Director for KGLT radio. She recently opened her own law practice in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Annie was passionate about adventure and recently began a mountain bike racing career. She has travelled and lived all over the world, living on every continent except Antarctica, which was on her list. She also lived and worked in New York City and San Francisco on various start-up ventures. Annie was beloved by many for her charm, her sense of humor, her courage, her unique ability to make others feel loved, and her generous smile. Her most memorable characteristic was her boundless energy and unending optimism. Annie was an inspiration to all who knew her. A recent quote by one of her friends captures her spirit: "You wanted to be like her, but you couldn't figure how".

She is survived by her parents, Dr. Richard and Carole Rooney of Chillicothe, Ohio; her grandmother, Mary Lucille Rooney of Cincinnati, Ohio; her sister, Kate (Rooney) Lyaker (Dr. Michael Lyaker) of Columbus, Ohio; her brothers, Dr. Craig Rooney (Dr. Angie Song), Dr. Walt Rooney (Adrienne) of Seattle, Washington; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 am Thursday, July 11, 2013, at St. Peter Church, Rev. William Hahn, Celebrant. Friends may call 5-8 Wednesday at the Haller Funeral Home, where a wake service will be held at 8:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

Her online memorial register is available at


Published in the Chillicothe Gazette from July 6 to July 9, 2013
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