Mary Lou Rome, 70, Victoria, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 11, 1947, in Hays to Joseph M. and Albina (Kuhn) Rome. She was a 1965 graduate of Victoria High School.

She worked at St. John’s Rest Home of Victoria from 1981 to 2012, then transferred to Via Christi Village in Hays. She retired in September of 2016 after 35 years. She had a great love and loyalty to the residents she served. Likewise the residents were comforted by her presence and compassion.

She was a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis, St. Fidelis Christian Mothers/Altar Society, an extra Ordinary Minister and a greeter at The Basilica of St. Fidelis. She was a Herzogfest committee member and a Victoria Alumni Association Newsletter committee member.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing cards and baking goodies for her family and friends.

Survivors include two sisters, Rita M. Gross and Marge Rome, both of Victoria; a niece, Janet K. Trombley and husband, Don, Newtown, Pa.; two nephews, Bob Gross, Victoria, and Mike Gross and wife, Virginia, Shawnee; four great-nephews, Bret Gross and wife, Kelsey, Overland Park, and Ryan Trombley, Notre Dame, Ind., Sam Gross, New York, and Will Gross, Shawnee; a great-niece, Lauren Smith and husband, Bryan, Littleton, Colo.; and a great-great-niece, Gwen Renee Gross, Overland Park.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Don F. Gross; and two infant brothers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, both at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, KS 67671.

A vigil will be at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a Christian Mothers rosary with the Class of 1965 joining at 6:30 p.m., both at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to the Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria in care of the mortuary.

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