Dr. Chester Joseph St. Romain, 80, of Nederland died January 7, 2011, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born January 2, 1931, in Opelousas, Louisiana to Polly and Chester St. Romain, Sr.
Dr. Chester Joseph St. Romain
He attended high school in Roscoe, Texas and graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1955. Following graduation, he served his internship at Kansas City GeneralHospital in Kansas City, Missouri during which time he married Roberta Snell. Upon completion of his medical training, Dr. St. Romain served in the Army Medical Corp in Yokohoma, Japan. On June 1, 1958, he began his family practice in Nederland where he continued to practice for thirty-nine years.
As an active member of the medical and civic community he served as Chief of Staff at Mid-Jefferson County Hospital, President of Jefferson County Medical Society, longtime delegate of Texas Medical Association (TMA), Nederland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and President of Nederland Rotary Club. As an active member of St. Charles Catholic Church, he served as a Eucharistic minister, lector, member of the Parish Council and member of the RCIA team.
Dr. St. Romain was highly regarded and received many honors and awards over the years including Mid-Jefferson Hospital’s Physician of the Year in 1971 and 1990, American Business Women’s Association Outstanding Citizen Award, Pilot Club Community Service Award, Rotary International distinguished Paul Harris Fellow and St. Edward’s University Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and UTMB alumni association. One of his proudest moments came in 1995 when he was honored as Mr. Nederland.
Following his retirement in 1997, he pursued his many interests including oil painting, his love of opera and classical music, reading, birding and traveling with his beloved wife and friends.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Roberta St. Romain of Nederland; six daughters, Deborah Ferguson of Nederland, Diane Shofner(Walter) of Katy, Donna Trevino of Austin, Mary Foster(Will) of Caldwell, Martha St. Romain of Corpus Christi, and Monica Chester and Bryan Sharp of San Antonio; eight grandchildren, Rebecca Ferguson, Andrew Ferguson, Daniel Shofner, Katherine Shofner, Gio Trevino, Elisa Trevino, Owen Foster and Catie Foster; brother, Ralph St. Romain(Monica) of Sheridan, Wyoming; brother-in-law, Frank Shell; nieces, Jennie Moreland, M.D. and Ann St. Romain; and nephew, Ralph St. Romain, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 11, 201l, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland with Reverend Monsignor Dan Malain officiating. Burial will follow at GreenlawnMemorial Park in Groves under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 12th Street, Nederland. A gathering of his family and friends will be Monday evening, January 10, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the church with a Rosary recited at 8:00 p.m.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Frank Snell, Walter Shofner, Will Foster, Michael Perryman, Jim Kline, Raymond Rice, Russ DeVillier and Kenneth Sheffield.
The family would like to thank Professional Health Care and Hospice, especially the loving caregivers Stephanie Martinez, Angela Garrison, Beverly Kelly, and Irene Berg.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on a merited crown awaits me. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Gifts may be made to C.J. St. Romain Scholarship Fund, St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704 or St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 130 Hardy Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.