Paula Jean Rominger-Lewis, beloved wife of Michael Lewis, went home to the Lord on October 2, 2021. She was born on October 1, 1956 to the late Thomas and Doris (Jones) Rominger.
Paula attended Beech Grove High School and Butler University, studying Music Pedagogy. She left her career in Association Management in 1990 and began teaching piano full time. Paula taught in her Irvington home and at a variety of private and parochial schools, mentoring hundreds of kids (and adults) in both piano and her Christian beliefs. The studio name, “Make a Joyful Noise” was a testament to her strong faith. She remains close to many of her former students. Paula also was her church’s organist/pianist/music director for over 40 years.
The great loves in Paula’s life were God, her husband Michael, family, music, and gardening. In the late 1990’s Paula, with help from an “alley” neighbor, founded the “Irvington Garden Club, God’s Garden Keepers” which became a driving force in beautification of her beloved Irvington neighborhood, sponsoring beautification projects, garden tours, tree plantings, clean-ups and a very successful farmers market. Other loves were boating, lighthouses, sewing, and nutcrackers. Paula was blessed by many life-long friends she made through church, garden club, Huntington’s Disease family, caregivers, and her wonderful neighbors. Paula loved much and was much loved.
Paula was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease (a genetic, neurological disorder) in her 40’s and battled it the rest of her life. Through it all, she never lost her strong faith, her smile, or her fighting spirit. She was a hero to many.
Paula is survived by her: husband, Michael; 3 brothers, Tim Rominger, Roger Rominger (Karen), Matt Rominger (Denise); 2 nephews (Jared, Austin); 2 nieces (Jessica, Hannah); and 2 grandnieces (Jasmine, Isabella). She also loved her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces/nephews, and great-grand nieces/nephews on Michael’s side of her family.
A celebration of Paula’s life will be held at a time and location to be determined later.
Memorial contributions can be made to: IU Foundation – Huntington’s Disease Center Fund
Mail to: Indiana School of Medicine, c/o Indiana University Foundation
PO Box 660245, Indianapolis, In 46266 -0245
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