Obituary: Romayne “Roni” Miller
Romayne “Roni” Miller was born on Sept. 16, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, to Stephen and Virginia Winiecke. She passed away on May 4, 2019, in Prescott, Arizona.
Her and her family relocated to San Gabriel, California, in 1947, where she attended the San Gabriel Mission and graduated from Alhambra City High School in three years. She was then accepted into St. Vincent’s College of Nursing in 1953. She graduated in 1956 with a degree in nursing. Along with her studies, you would often find her singing with the Joe King Combo at the Park Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition, she sang with the Jack Benat polka band.
While attending college, she met the love of her life, U.S. Marine John Henry “Hank” Miller, at a church dance. They were married at Our Lady of the Bright Mount Polish Church in Los Angeles, California, on July 21, 1957. Romayne worked for several years as a nurse at both Hoffgarten Medical Center in Alhambra, California, and St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California. She was also a supportive police officer’s wife as John served as a policeman for 30 years in California.
She was a dedicated mother to her two children, Helen Marie and Joseph Andrew, in Long Beach, California. She was active with her church and her children’s school, often times coordinating school programs and fundraising. She also taught religious education for several years. She enjoyed camping and traveling throughout the U.S. with her family, including camping trips with the “Kop-Outs” camping club. Romayne and her husband retired to Prescott, Arizona, in 1989. There she volunteered for several years at YRMC and remained active at her church. She loved spoiling her two grandchildren, Claire Louise and Vincent John Dickerson. Her four-legged fur grandbabies also knew they were loved by Grandma.
A common thread throughout her life was her love for animals, singing and music, cooking and celebrating her Polish heritage.
She had a vivacious personality and always made people laugh.
She made friends everywhere she went. Romayne and John celebrated 61 years of wonderful marriage. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her. RIP Romayne.
A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Prescott, Arizona, on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Yavapai Humane Society or Guide Dogs of the Desert in Romayne’s name.
Please visit www.heritagemortuary.com to sign Romayne’s online guest book. Service entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.
Information provided by survivors.