Edward J. Rhomberg

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Edward J. Rhomberg, 83, peacefully went to be with the Lord on June 11, 2016, as the result of an aggressive malignant brain tumor.

Visitation was Thursday, June 16, at Hillier Funeral Home, Bryan, Texas, followed by a Rosary. 

The Mass of Celebration of Life was held Friday, June 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan, officiated by Reverands Monsignor John McCaffery and Monsignor John Malinowski co-officiated. A reception followed and a private internment took place at the mausoleum crypt in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Bryan.

Edward was born in Williams, on April 1, 1933, but moved to Guttenberg soon after birth. He attended grade and high school in Guttenberg and received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1955 and 1956. He later worked in the field of consulting engineering in Chicago, Illinois, before leaving to attend Iowa State University where he received a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering in 1963. 

With the exception of one year in an honorary American Society of Engineering Education Residency Program in Engineering Practice in Chicago, he spent the rest of his 35 year career as a professor of Civil Engineering, first at the University of New Mexico for five years, then nine years at the University of Detroit and lastly, for 21 years at Texas A&M University, where he served as Associate Head of the Department, Graduate Advisor and Assistant Department Head. In September 2000 he was named Professor Emeritus. After retiring in 1999, he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Hospice Brazos Valley. He is well-known for his sense of humor, generosity and bartending skills.

A man of tremendous faith, Ed was an active member at St. Joseph Catholic Church where he and Suzanne attended for over 38 years. He taught C.C.E. and he and Suzanne counseled engaged couples and served as Eucharistic ministers.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Suzanne; his brother, Thomas J. Rhomberg; his children, Edward W. Rhomberg, M.D. and wife, Dana, Elizabeth Ledig and husband, Peter, and Sarah Van Eman and husband, Mark; his grandchildren, Andrew, Mary Elizabeth, Kathryn, Abby, Caroline, William, Benjamin and Christopher.

He was predeceased in death by his father and mother, Edward B. Rhomberg, M.D. and Mary Monroe Rhomberg, and his sister, Mary E. Gasell.

The family would like to thank Vickie De Santiago, Rita Rodriguez, and the staff of Hospice Brazos Valley and Generations Center for Senior Living for all of their compassionate care and concern, both for Ed and his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice Brazos Valley or to the University of Notre Dame, Attn: Jamery S. Barry, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Please share memories on Edward's tribute page at www.hillierfuneralhome.com.

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