Genevieve (Genny) Helgeson Romine


(April 24, 2002)

A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) at First United Methodist Church in Powell for Genevieve (Genny) Helgeson Romine, 86, who died Wednesday, April 24 at Franklin United Methodist Community outside Indianapolis, Ind.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with Powell Veterans Honor Guard according military honors.

She was born Nov. 10, 1915, at Garland, daughter of Charles F. and Eva (Epp) Helgeson. She graduated from Powell High School in 1935 and continued her education in Chicago, Ill., which would lead her to a career in nursing.

She was a graduate of Columbus Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in public health nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and a master's degree in nursing education from Indiana University.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. She served in New Guinea and Australia doing hospital duty.

She married W.T. Romine on June 17, 1946. He preceded her in death.

She was a Registered Nurse for more than 50 years, retiring in 1974 from Indiana University School of Nursing as an assistant professor of nursing.

She was a member of the Church of the Lakes (Nineveh) and First Methodist Church of Powell, American Legion Post 26 of Powell, and Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Nursing Society. She co-founded the retired Nurses Club of Indianapolis and was a charter member of the Navy Nurse Corps Association. She was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and a former member of the Indiana State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.

Survivors include a son, Paul C. Romine of Fishers, Ind.; a sister, Helen Harrington of Casper; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Helgeson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University School of Nursing Foundation, 1111 Middle Drive, Room 101, Indianapolis, IN 46202.