In memory of
Romano, Samuel 3/24/1951 - 12/26/2020 Ann Arbor, Michigan Samuel Edward Romano, 69, of Ann Arbor, died December 26, 2020 from complications of pancreatic cancer, with his wife and son by his side. Sam was born on March 24, 1951, in Youngstown, Ohio, the only son of Angelo and Mary (D'Onofrio) Romano. He and his sister were raised in a loving, boisterous family, rich in Italian traditions. Sam earned a B.A. from Notre Dame University, a M.S. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from SUNY Buffalo. Sam was a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer, and Assistant Residency Director in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan when he retired after 35 years as a beloved faculty member in October 2017. His work on behalf of patients, learners and faculty centered on a deep appreciation for the importance of emotional well-being and a life in balance, weaving his love for travel, music, literature and family stories into his approach. He was a mentor to generations of family doctors and, through them, his work extends across the globe. In 1995, Sam married Susan Ledbetter, the love of his life. Their son, Nicholas, was born the following year. Sam and Sue built a beautiful life together, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Sam reveled in being a father to Nick. He was deeply proud of the man Nick has become. An extrovert to his core, social connections were Sam's source of energy. He enjoyed meeting and getting to know new people and developing lasting friendships from every phase of his life. Learning and remembering details about a person were important to him, and he had a special ability to make each person feel important and valued. Sam loved to cook and entertain with Sue, and a house filled with family, friends and laughter fed his soul. Music was also a passion of Sam's. With a near-encyclopedic knowledge of song lyrics, musicians and bands, he was prone to break into song, and gatherings frequently became sing alongs. Sam will be greatly missed by Sue and Nick; his sister, Connie Meek; sisters-in-law, Jan Ledbetter (Marshall Goldberg), Nancy Castle (Gordon); and brother-in-law, Steven Ledbetter (Sandra). He also was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews: Geoffrey Meek (Michele), Marla Miller (Mike), Sarah Bettencourt (Greg), Aaron Ledbetter (Sarah Spaziano), Gabby, Audra and Sofia Castle; and several great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. Sam was predeceased by his parents; and Sue's parents, Howard and Lois Ledbetter. A celebration of Sam's life will be held at a later date when we can all gather safely. ln lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to: Peace Neighborhood Center ( peaceneighborhoodcenter.org ) or Food Gathers ( foodgathers.org ). To live authentically and with joy is to honor Sam. As you think of him, we encourage you to sing at the top of your lungs (even -- or especially -- if you don't know the lyrics), dance without inhibition (don't wait for an occasion), and laugh until your sides ache (and maybe, until you snort). Sam would be delighted.
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