Firma Jean "Jeannie" (Rupp) Rome

Firma Jean “Jeannie” (Rupp) Rome, 75, St. Peter, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 13, 1945, in Hays to Richard and Isabelle (Geist) Rupp.

She married Sylvanus “Syl” Rome on July 15, 1961, in Ellis. She was a homemaker and helped farm with her husband and later was a State Commodity Distributor for Hill City and St. Peter, and she did home interior design.

She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, WaKeeney, Ellis Daughters of Isabella and Ellis Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She enjoyed gardening and attending her children and grandchildren’s activities.

Survivors include her husband, St. Peter; two sons, Dennis Rome, St. Peter and James Rome and wife, Sandy, Ellis; and a daughter, Lucinda Smith, Alma, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Malinda Deel; and three brothers, Francis, Robert Sr., and Marvin Rupp.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in St. Mary Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday, both at the church.

A combined D of I rosary and vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church and Monday visitation 9 a.m. until service time all at St. Mary’s Church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Church, Christ The King Church or Masses.

Keithley Funeral Chapel 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, is in charge of arrangements.

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Posted online on August 22, 2020