Obituary: Kerri Ann Rombach



Kerri Ann Rombach, 49, of Fishers, died Nov. 24 in her home, surrounded by family. Kerri was born Aug. 24, 1968, to John and Jane (Smithson) Welch in Muncie. Her father preceded her in death two years ago. Kerri married John Rombach on April 25, 1987. They have four children.

Kerri was a data specialist for Zionsville Community Schools, formerly working at Hamilton Southeastern Schools. But she always said her favorite job was being a mom. In addition to her career in educational technology, Kerri was active in her community through church, school, Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators and the Boy Scouts of America.

Kerri was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to supporting her favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts. Kerri was a season ticket-holder, and you could find her in the stands every Sunday cheering the Colts. Kerri was the life of the party. She brought joy everywhere she went, from singing karaoke to shutting down the dance floor at every wedding to hosting family game night every Monday. Kerri also was a trivia master, answering Jeopardy! questions faster than anyone else and helping lead her family’s trivia team to victory on many occasions.

Kerri was a daughter, mother, wife, friend and co-worker, but most of all she was a fighter. Kerri waged a five-year battle with cancer, but she never let it get the better of her. Even through treatments and surgeries, Kerri never slowed down – never missing a Colts game, never missing family game night and knitting hats and scarves for everyone she knew. Kerri always stayed upbeat; she had a smile on her face and a mischievous twinkle in her eye. The joy she carried with her was contagious.

In addition to her mother, Jane, Kerri is survived by her husband, John Rombach; favorite daughter, Jessica Swiontek; favorite son-in-law, Matthew Swiontek; favorite daughter, Katherine Rombach; favorite son, Jordan Rombach; favorite son, Kyle Rombach; brother, John Douglas Welch; and countless friends who she cared for like family.