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Mary Cecilia Roemer Obituary – South Bend Tribune

Mary Cecilia Roemer, 82, died on July 14, 2022 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family. She was born in South Bend, Indiana on January 27, 1940, to Carmel and William Roemer.

His mother was an elementary school teacher at St. Joseph Elementary School and his father was a philosophy teacher at Notre Dame. Mary was the beloved little sister of five revered and remarkable big brothers: Bill, Tom, Joe, Jim and Chuck. As matriarch of the Roemer family, she is survived by three sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews, cousins; and her four children: Paul Kusbach, Maria (Marc) Simon, Kathleen Kusbach (Mike Guzik), Anne (Tom) Petersen; as well as fourteen adored grandchildren: Clair, Clay, Anne-Marie, Geneviève, Martin, Mark, Amelia, Tess, Lydia, Anna, Kurt, Kathryn, Eric and Jonathan; and three dear great-grandchildren, Grant, Gabriella and Kenneth.

Mary leaves behind a legacy of dedication to her family, friends, neighbors and community. She went above and beyond to keep in touch with people. She understood the importance of ritual, holidays, remembrance and honoring significant life events. She exemplified how to seize opportunities and get the most out of life through travel, education and connecting people.

Mary loved South Bend and her country. Familiar with local, national and global affairs, she exemplified critically engaged patriotism. She was an active and proud Democrat in local politics and contributed to many charities and projects, such as the recent historic restoration of the Studebaker Electric Fountain in Leeper Park.

Mary enjoyed hosting dinner parties and memorable occasions at her home. Everyone felt welcomed by Marie and marveled at her hospitality. One of his favorite sayings was, “you win by inclusion.” She had a big heart and a willing smile.

Marie was a hard worker. As a young woman, she taught elementary school in New Jersey and Perley School in South Bend. She returned to school as a single mother and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Notre Dame. She was a counselor for twelve years at the Family and Children’s Center; six years at the Omni Center for Women’s Health and Medicine; and for twenty-eight years in private practice, specializing in women’s health, marriage and family counseling, and addictions.

Mary was curious. She loved conversation, reading, the theater, the symphony, the fine arts, movies, and big bowls of popcorn. She loved nature and the outdoors, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, racquetball and cycling. Mary wasn’t crazy about parasailing, but of course she tried it. She loved big dogs and long walks.

Mary was brave. She loved adventures, often sprinkling in a bit of mischief while exploring and traveling. She crossed the country by car and traveled by train. She went five times to the Grand Canyon, six times to France, then to Argentina, Turkey, Singapore, England, Thailand, Germany, Canada, Austria, Morocco, Algeria, by boat on the sea Red and China. She loved New York and Chicago and couldn’t get enough of San Francisco. South Haven, Michigan was a summer haven in his childhood and throughout his life with his children and grandchildren.

Deeply involved in the lives of her grandchildren and supporting their endeavors, Mary traveled across the country and the world to encourage them to as many plays, concerts, sports and extracurricular activities as she could. . Her father’s motto of “keep your courage up” was continually tested over the last four years of Mary’s life, as she suffered greatly following a horrific car accident in 2018 on the highway following a visit to support the activities of his grandchildren in person.

Determined to persevere and celebrate the joys of life, as always, she refused to pass by and dug deep. She was a powerful inspiration to many. Mary valued and practiced a strong Catholic faith. She was prayerful and thankful for God’s goodness.

A Christian Burial Mass (and lots of caroling at Mary’s request) will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Loretto on the St. Mary’s College campus on August 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation beginning one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph County Community Foundation, www.cfsjc.org. or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Posted July 18, 2022

Posted in South Bend Tribune

service information

funeral mass

Sainte-Marie de Lorette Church on the campus of Sainte-Marie College

July 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Visitation

Sainte-Marie de Lorette Church on the campus of Sainte-Marie College

July 19, 2022 at 12:00 – 13:00