The Rev. Nancy C. Roemheld died on January 4, 2013. She was 80 years old.
Rev. Roemheld was born in Holyoke, MA on February 23, 1932 to Ruth and Frederick Stevens. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Alverno College in 1982. She went on to attain a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago Divinity School, both in 1986.
Rev. Roemheld was ordained on June 1, 1986 at the Unitarian Church West in
Brookfield, WI. She was first called to serve the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Athens, GA from 1986-1994. She then embarked
on a remarkable 12-year career as an interim minister where she served
the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro in
Jamestown, NC from 1995-1996; the Unitarian Universalist Church of
Studio City, CA from 1997-1999; the Unitarian Universalist Church of
Buffalo, NY from 1999-2000; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson,
AZ from 2000-2001; the Bradford Community Church UU in
Kenosha, WI from 2001-2002; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of
Wilmington, NC from 2002-2003; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Erie, PA from 2003-2005; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los
Gatos, CA from 2005-2006; and the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, NE
from 2006 until her retirement in 2007. She also served as a chaplain at the Universal Unitarian Church of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from 1996-1997.
Committed to her faith, Rev.
Roemheld was actively involved on all sides of the pulpit. She was a lay
leader before becoming a minister. While serving the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Athens, she was especially proud of the work
she did to help guide the church through the construction of brand new
facilities. She also served on the board of the UUA’s Central Midwest
In a sermon
she delivered one Easter Sunday called "Waking Up/Eros and Pathos,” Rev.
Roemheld spoke wisely of life’s certain and universal struggles:
the depths of the collective human consciousness, the cosmic drama of
the resurrection story emerged – to remind us that the heroic, fulfilled
and therefore deathless life is achieved by surmounting some
crucifixion, by living through some dark night of the soul; to remind us
that the creative spirit of love lives in you and me…waiting to be expressed and experienced.
Rev. Roemheld is survived by
daughter, Joanne R. Jeanguenat; daughter, Kathryn C. Zunac and husband,
Mick; son, Steven F. Roemheld and wife, Margaret; daughter, MaryBeth
Roemheld and partner, Laurie Gift; grandchildren, Kristen and Jonathan;
and great-granddaughter, Nora. She was predeceased by her former husband
and friend, Fred Roemheld.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Joanne R. Jeanguenat at 2702 Mason St., Madison, WI 53705.
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Happy Endings No-Kill Animal
Shelter, 5349 West Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53220; or to the
Friends of the Unitarian Universalist Association at P.O. Box #55019,
Boston, MA 02205.