Dr. Elizabeth Lewis Rompf
Published 11:00 am Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Dr. Elizabeth Lewis Rompf passed away peacefully on November 12 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center with her husband of 47 years, John H. Rompf, Jr., by her side.
Beth was born August 14, 1951, in Lancaster, PA, the eldest child of Leonard Lawrence Lewis, Jr. and Elizabeth Myers Lewis. She was a proud graduate of St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame, Indiana, where she met her husband, John. She later received her Master of Social Work degree and Doctorate of Higher Education from the University of Kentucky. She was a professor at the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky for over 30 years where she chaired many committees and served on the Faculty Senate. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winchester, KY, and Holy Spirit Parish, the Newman Center, at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY.
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In addition to her husband, Beth is survived by four loving children: Elizabeth Bruen (Sean), Laura Soldato (Dan), John Patrick Rompf (Erica) and David Rompf (Cori); eleven grandchildren “Mimi” adored: Addison, Patrick, Catherine, Elise, Michael, Meredith, Jack, Madeline, Charlie, Benjamin, and Henry; her brother Leonard L. Lewis, III (Barbara) and an extended family she cherished. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Cathy Snell, wife of James A. Snell of Lebanon, PA.
Beth was a life-long learner and instilled the importance of education in all her children and grandchildren. She served as PTA president of Saint Agatha Academy; a member of the Board of Directors at Lexington Catholic High School; and President of the Lexington Diocesan Board of Education. She also exhibited a strong commitment to faith and service. She began her career at Catholic Social Services in Lancaster, PA, and upon moving to Lexington, worked as the Director of the Catholic
Social Service Bureau. She was the co-founder and director of the Winchester, KY Childbirth Education Association, conducting group sessions on childbirth and parent education. She also served on the Parish Council of both St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Newman Center. Beth was past President of the UK Chapter of Toastmasters International, past President of the Winchester Lioness Club, and a former big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister Program.
Beth lived life to the fullest. Her bright smile engaged each person she encountered. She enjoyed watching sports including the PGA Tour with her son David; Reds baseball with her husband John; and Notre Dame football with all her family and friends. Beth also loved spending time at the shore including many trips with her Pennsylvania family to Ocean City, NJ and MD, and for the past 20 years in Oak Island, NC, where she and John hosted their children and granchildren for a week each summer. Beth was a devoted friend to many, and she cherished the frequent leisurely lunches they spent together which always included a decadent desert, light-hearted stories, and her infectious laugh.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Leon Pace Memorial Chapel by Scobee Funeral Home in Winchester, KY. There will be a celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church in Winchester, KY, at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, immediately followed by the Rite of Committal at Calvary Cemetery in Lexington, KY.
In remembrance of Beth, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Agatha Academy in Winchester, KY, or the Patricia McAndrews Pilger Endowed Scholarship in Social Work at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN.