The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 28, 2013

Romaine Shumaker Grubb, 88, Severna Park, Md.


The Daily Item

— SEVERNA PARK, Md. — Romaine Shumaker Grubb, 88, of Sunrise Assisted Living in Severna Park, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

A daughter of the late John and Cordelia (Hebel) Shumaker, she was born Jan. 28, 1925, in Liverpool, Pa. Romaine formerly was married to the late Dr. Robert Grubb, of Selinsgrove, Pa., where she lived and raised her four children, Richard, Susan, Barbara and John. In 1986, she moved to Annapolis and later to Severna Park, where she spent her last years.

Romaine attended high school in Harrisburg and held a passion for music and singing. In the mid-1940s, she was a first runner-up in the Miss Pennsylvania (Miss America) Pageant, where she was able to showcase her talent, singing the torch song “You Go to My Head.” She later pursued a singing career in the era of the big bands, performing at venues in Ocean City, Md., and Philadelphia.

In the years during her marriage to Dr. Grubb, she was extremely active in the Snyder County, Pa., Republican Party and loved talking politics with friend or foe. Her interests were diverse to be sure, and her musical talent was not her only creative endeavor. Romaine loved cooking and had a keen eye for antiques and decorating. All who knew her would marvel at her talent for turning the mundane into something special.

After moving to the Annapolis area, she followed her passion for music and resurrected a singing hobby, performing around the area with other local musicians. Romaine carried her love for music throughout her life, but her true loves were her children. She was a devoted mother and encouraged her children to be unique. She would often say, “Be a leader, not a follower.” Romaine’s greatest pleasure was cooking for and entertaining her children and grandchildren. Making sure her family was happy was her top priority.

Surviving are her three children and their spouses, Susan and Christopher Jackson, Barbara and Charles “Rick” Obrecht and John and Janet Grubb; daughter-in-law, Barbara (Bobbie) Grubb; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three siblings, John Shumaker, Hazel Hetrick and Nancy Hughes.

Preceding her in death were her oldest son, Richard, who died in 2011, and two sisters, Caroline and Susan.

A service celebrating the life of Romaine S. Grubb will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove. An hour of visitation will be held before the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Romaine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/donate.

Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com.