Doris E. Fretz Romas, 88, Brazil, passed away at 3 p.m., July 13, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, Ind.
Doris was born on Aug. 4, 1921, to Anthony and Ora (LaSalle) Fretz Doris was reared in the Saline City community on a farm with eight brothers and sisters. She attended Saline Grade School during elementary years and later graduated from Ashboro High School in 1939.
Doris attended Indiana Central College for a short time before marrying her high school sweetheart, D. Gayle Romas on June 1, 1941, at St. John's United Church of Christ. They were blessed to spend 66 years together before his passing in December of 2007.
As a young farm wife, she helped with milking, cooking for farm hands, gardening and caring for her family.
She was later employed as a pharmacy technician at Hook's Drug Store in Brazil. Doris was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, St. John's W. U. C. C., serving in different offices and attended many conference meetings.
She was also an active member of the Milady Home Ec. Club for several years. Doris was a collector and very knowledgeable of antiques (dishes, dolls, pottery, and paperweights). She enjoyed quilting especially buying material.
After retiring, she and Gayle enjoyed spending time in Bradenton, Fla. There they enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Doris is survived by a son Jon A. Romas (Kathleen), and a daughter Julia R. Hoffa (Gerry), all of Center Point. Also surviving are five grandchildren Lisa Romas Elliott (Floyd) Las Cruces, N.M., Tamara Hoffa Hermesch (Tony), Greenwood, Jon D. Romas (Jenny), St. Louis, Michael C. Hoffa (Cindy), Brownsburg, and Andrew K. Hoffa (Brooke), Ellettsville and stepgrandson Michael Kilroy, Center Point.
Doris Treasured visits with her grandchildren and her 10 great-grandchildren Iggy Elliott, Abby and Will Hermesch, Ben, Alex and Grace Romas, Sam, Kay, and Olivia Hoffa and Claire Hoffa.
Also surviving are sisters Virginia R. Stant, Norma J. Rector, and sister-in-law Helen R. Kumpf and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Preceding her were her husband Gayle, sisters Vera, Bernice, Elsie and brothers Paul, Ralph, and Herschel.
Funeral services will be at French Funeral Home, Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon-3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Francis Hospice House c/o St. Francis Healthcare Foundation 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Ste. 245, Unit 2 Box 2P Indianapolis, Ind. 46237, Alzheimer's Association 50 E. 91st. St. Ste. 100 Indianapolis, Ind. 46209-4830 or the St. John's U.C.C.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.