In memory of
Hedwig C. Romano
Hedwig "Hattie" Romano (nee Krol), 92, passed away on October 1, 2019 after a short illness. Beloved mother of Cristine Slimak and Vincent, grandmother of Alicia (Brad) Tipping and Matthew (Stephanie) Slimak, and great grandmother to Keaton and Avery. She was "Aunt Hattie" to many, and a second mother to Albert (Tammy) and Bernie Slimak. She had a special bond with her great niece, Mary (Ben) Wheelock.
She was born December 24, 1926 to Frank and Sophie Krol in Cleveland, Ohio, where she lived her entire life. After losing her mother in childbirth, Hattie was raised by her foster mother, Mary Jurecki. She retired from Bakers Union Local 19 in 1989, having worked for Tip Top and Schwebel's bakeries. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, Scrabble, and organizing the closets and drawers of anyone who let her (and many in protest). She loved celebrating her birthday and Christmas with the extended Romano family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Gus and Emil Krol, Joe and Casey Jurecki, and Mary Plezia, ex-husband, Jim, her daughter, Cristine, and her beloved niece, Joanne Wilson. Her family thanks Dee Dee Romano, the Hospice of the Western Reserve, and the Renaissance Retirement Campus, especially her aide, Kelly, for the outstanding care that they provided in her final months.
Hattie loved her drinks, and we invite everyone to post a toast to her, preferably with Miller High Life, Jägermeister, or small cans of pineapple juice, using #HattiesBestLife. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve (hospicewr.org) or Eliza Jennings (elizajennings.org).
A celebration of Hattie's life will be held from 1:00 PM concluding with prayers at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Busch Funeral Home, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129. Per Hattie's request, please wear bright colors; no black or other dark colors of mourning.
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