Mary Ann Romer

October 5, 1942February 21, 2019
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ROMER, Mary Ann, age 76, of Lutz, Florida passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Mary Ann was born October 5, 1942 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Anthony and Mary Plescia Pidala. At the age of five, she moved to Tampa, FL with her parents and lived the next 71 years of her life working, raising her family and enjoying life to the fullest, until she went into the loving arms of our Lord, after a long and valiant fight with cancer. Mary Ann lived with her husband and two children in Temple Terrace, FL & graduated from the University of South Florida. She was an active parishioner at Corpus Christi Catholic Church and later joined St Mary's Catholic Church, after moving to Lutz in 2000 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Mary Ann worked at Smithkline Beecham/Quest Clinical Laboratories for more than 50 years, as a Medical Technologist/Department Supervisor before transitioning into the Human Resources Department. Mary Ann enjoyed good food, good wine and good friends. She loved to travel and was fortunate enough to see much of the world, but most of all, she especially loved spending time with her family, who she fiercely loved and put above everything else. Mary Ann was fondly known as Tia to her many nieces and nephews, Nana and Nini to her five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and MAR to her many, many friends. She made an indelible mark on everyone whose life she touched and will be sorely missed and never forgotten. She was preceded in death by her brother, Onofrio Pidala; sisters, Rosalie and Angelica Jean; niece, Kristina L Pidala; and her sister-of-the-heart, Akiko Hinkle. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Anthony Romer, Jr.; daughter, Anna Marie Zambito (Stephen); son, John Romer (Christine); brothers, Dr. Francis Pidala (Cindy), Dr. Anthony Pidala (Nanette) and Joseph Pidala (Barbara); sisters-in-law, Jane Nunnally (Mark) and Barbara H. Pidala; grandchildren, DeAnna Zambito Manasse (Ryan), Alexandra Hiller (Jordan), Stephen A. Zambito, and A.J. and Marina Romer; great-grandchildren, Mason Hiller, Aedan Manasse and Ella Hiller. Mary Ann is also survived by her extended Zambito family, her sisters-of-the-heart, Celeste Kirkland, Dena Oppenheim and Joyce Young; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019 at Blount & Curry, Terrace Oaks Chapel, 12690 N 56th St, Temple Terrace. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 9715 N. 56th Street, Temple Terrace, followed by interment at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, 4002 North 50th Street, Tampa.


  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Mass of Resurrection Saturday, March 2, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, March 2, 2019

Mary Ann Romer

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Cheryl Rodriguez

March 2, 2019

Mary Ann was such a special person, her strength and love for her family was obvious to all. She always made us feel like part of her family and we are blessed to have had her in our lives. May she have eternal peace and happiness in heaven.

Al Goldman

March 1, 2019

I met MAR when she was part of my interview process in March of 1991 at SBCL. We very quickly became friends and over the years I am happy to say she was a true confidant. I will miss her very much and hope to see her again at that time, I know she's there waiting to welcome us all.


March 1, 2019

During my appointment as Laboratory Director 1998-2008, I became familiar with Mary Ann. A mindful, objective and highly supportive person working in HR, Mary Ann was very helpful and compassionate to all staff around her and a guiding principle - ONLY wishing a success for the clients and organization. I am confident that Lord has a suitable place for her soul in the heavens.

Laura Lampron

February 27, 2019

Family was everything to Tia. I know she lived each day to the fullest and cherished every minute she got to spend with her loved ones. She was stubborn until the end but finally gave into the Lord's calling. I am grateful that she is in His loving embrace and has been freed from all her pain but I mourn her loss. Prayers for all the family.

Celeste Kirkland

February 26, 2019

I have known and loved MaryAnn like a sister for some 58 years. Looking through the wonderful collection of photos brought back so many special memories for me, especially since I was privileged to be at most of the happiest occasions. I will miss her wisdom, kindness, and unconditional love. I know we were sisters-of-the-heart, but I feel we were so much more than that and she made me feel equally special. Her laugh was contagious and though she was small in stature, she had an electric personality that no one could overlook. If anyone was "bigger than life," it was MaryAnn!

My love and prayers are with Mar's family and all those who loved her. I know she will always be with me, through good times and bad, continuing to give me strength and making me smile. Rest in peace, sweet MaryAnn, until we meet again.

Dena Oppenheim

February 26, 2019

I said hello to Mary Ann in 1961 or 1962 and since that time she has held a most special place in my heart and been a part of so many wonderful times! I have, thankfully, zillions of happy memories through all these years. I am deeply saddened to lose my dear friend and true Sister-of-my-Heart.
Thank you for posting all the photos of her and all her loved ones. She will live on in my heart and will continue to touch my Soul forever. My deepest sympathy to all who love her.

Frank Pidala

February 24, 2019

Although I am always known for how much I talk, at this time there are no words to adequately express the love and admiration I have for my dearest , departed sister. She will leave a void in my life and will be missed immeasurelably. Love and condolences to her/my extended family. Cio for now Sorella Mia Love. Frank

Joyce Young

February 23, 2019

I will miss my sister-of-the-heart. She was so loving. My prayers are with you, her most beloved family. May God comfort you in your time of loss.

Marilyn Rose Malec

February 21, 2019

To my precious Flordia family.
We were all so blessed to have Maryann as our family. Precious memories will live on forever. The three weeks I was able to spend with her this pasted summer will always be etched in my heart. She was an example to me on her devotion to St. Joseph that was so intense. She honored our precious Lord, our dear blessed mother and of course St. Joseph. Family was the most important treasure in life and she lived everyday loving it. She’s at peace with no more worldly pain. Life changes when we lose a family member. My love, prayers and thoughts for all of you during this difficult time. We live on memories.
Our Chicago family now has a void in all of our hearts. Her memory will live on through all of us. Love you all so dearly.
Marilyn Rose 🌹