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Louis H. Rombach

Lou Rombach, age 95, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully from natural causes on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Christiana Hospital while under the care of Seasons Hospice. Lou was born on Easter Sunday in 1926 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Charles and Matilda (Lauck) Rombach. He was the youngest of five brothers and two sisters.

Our dad attended Elder High School and Xavier University before entering WWII where he proudly served in the United States Navy in the North Atlantic. He was a plank member on CV32, the USS Leyte. After the war he returned to his studies, graduating from Xavier with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Organic Chemistry and completed his PhD at the University of Cincinnati.

Dad married his best friend and our Mom, Ann Marie O’Brien, in 1951 and moved to Delaware in 1953 to work for the DuPont Company as a research chemist in the Polychemical Department located in the Experimental Station. While working for DuPont as a chemist, Dad continued his studies, completing his law degree from Temple University in 1964. He was admitted to the bar in Delaware, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Courts, and worked in the legal department at DuPont in Intellectual Properties. Dad was instrumental in establishing many important patents for DuPont. His work took him across the U.S as well as Europe and Asia. He maintained his memberships in the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemists, and the British Royal Society of Chemistry. He retired in 1991 after 38 years.

Dad was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and felt the best when spending time with family. He was a devout Roman Catholic, and a member of St. Mary Magdalen Church since 1959. His Catholic religion was a very important part of his life. Ann and Lou prayed daily for peace and love throughout the world and attended mass daily after retirement. Dad spent over thirty years actively involved in the Malvern Retreat House, attending the Our Lady’s Group every year in June. Dad’s retirement did not slow him down. He took up jogging, winning his age group in several 5K’s. He enjoyed tennis, bowling, gardening, trees and travel. He would often enjoy bowling after church on Sundays at Fairfax Lanes when it was 50 cents a game! Together with Mom, they raised their five children in Delaware. He was active in his neighborhood civic association, presiding as president at times. He was an avid alumni and follower of Xavier basketball, organizing the local Mid Atlantic Alumni chapter. He continued to root for the Cincinnati Reds and the Bengals as well.

Dad is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ann Marie O’Brien Rombach, five children, Louis J. Rombach (Ellen), Linda M. Clark (Steve), Stephen E. Rombach (Karen), Charles M. Rombach (Meredith), and Thomas A. Rombach (Amanda). He was very proud of his eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He led a blessed life driven by his faith, hard work and determination, and his family. He was truly a part of the greatest generation and will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Mary Magdalen Parish or The Malvern Retreat House in Dad’s name.


Funeral Services

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 9:30-10:30AM at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church at 11:00AM. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery.


    Paul Sherwood writes,
    Ann and family, Debbie and I are sorry for your loss of Lou. It was always good to see you both in the store and talk with both of you. Lou will be remembered for his interesting conversation and his kindness to all. Paul & Debbie Sherwood
    05/02/2021 08:02 am
    WILLIAM GRANEY writes,
    So happy to see that Lou and his wife enjoyed each other for so many years. as former pastor, I attest to his devotion and fidelity to faith and family. They supported both parish and diocese. So, with gratitude for all they did, I join in prayer and of course remember him at Masses. My best to Mrs. Rombach and their family.
    05/02/2021 08:26 am
    Eileen Finnegan writes,
    Ann, my deepest sympathy on the loss of Lou. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Eileen Finnegan
    05/02/2021 01:06 pm
    Barbara Beard writes,
    Steve and Family, I am sorry for your loss. May the fond memories of your Father, help during this difficult time.
    05/03/2021 09:39 am
    Fran and Pat Sadowski writes,
    Ann, I read that your hubby's time on earth is over and he has gone to his Heavenly Home. I dearly remember coming to your lovely home for St. Francis de Sales gatherings and your husbands wonderful endearing smile. I know you and your family have many great thoughts to share with one another. May they bring you peace. Loving Hugs from Fran and I.
    05/03/2021 05:24 pm
    Maryanne Groome writes,
    Ann & Family, I will keep your husband (Dad) in my prayers. I remember seeing both of you in church at SMM. Sometimes I think I even saw you at St. Joseph on the Brandywine. Your husband is now able to joke and catch up with my parents in heaven. Maryanne
    05/04/2021 12:25 pm
    Nancy (Barrowman) Wolf writes,
    Lou, So saddened to hear that your father has passed. I read the obit in the News Journal and found his many accomplishments very interesting. He did so much. His life before retirement and his life after retirement was both full and enriching. Many years ago, I recall you taking me to his office in the DuPont building for a chat. I worked in the Nemours Building at the time. He and your Mom had a wonderful life together and raised a very nice family. He will be missed. Your family is in my prayers.
    05/04/2021 07:32 pm
    Mary Welch writes,
    Dear Ann and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy at the passing of Lou. I do remember your wonderful family at St. Mary Magdalen's Parish many years ago. It was a blessing to be reconnected recently. I know from living a blessed life that Lou is resting in the arms of our heavenly Father. My prayers will continue for the repose of his soul and for your family that God and the Blessed Mother will sustain you during this difficult time. God bless you always. Sincerely, Mary Welch
    05/05/2021 05:09 pm
    Daniele Viana lit a candle and writes,
    My condolences to the Family.
    05/12/2021 03:23 pm
    Fr mcmahon writes,
    Lou was a sincere follower of Christ. Blessings to Ann Marie and all. Father McMahon
    05/16/2021 12:10 pm

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