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Maureen May Cromling

July 23, 1948 June 28, 2019
Maureen May Cromling
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Today, we mourn the loss of a dedicated, loyal, hardworking, resilient and extremely intelligent pillar of the local community. On Friday June 28, 2019, Maureen (Ross) Cromling reunited with her parents and God.

Loving daughter, mother, grandmother, and aunt, Maureen (Ross) Cromling was born on July 23, 1948 to Bob and Ada Ross and literally grew up in the family business. Recognized as having over 50 official years of service with the Ross Group of companies (Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.), Maureen served in multiple capacities includingbeing in charge ofPermitting, Insurance, Human Resources, Administration and President and CEO of Ross Environmental from 1992-2007.

In 1983, Ross companies’ founders Bob and Ada, sold their interests in the company that they started in 1949, to their children Gary and Maureen. Shortly thereafter, Maureen and her husband William Cromling II took sole ownership of the companies in 2001.

Maureen served as second generation ownership of the Ross companies through some of the most transformative years in its history. In 1976, the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act shook up the waste industry with new guidelines. Without hesitation, Maureen led an $11 million-dollar (almost $50 million dollars in today’s dollars) capital improvement project that cemented Ross as a technological leader in the industry.

In 1995, the Ross companies were effectively shut down after an internal explosion damaged their incineration system. Along with several others, and under Maureen’s direction, the companies rebuilt and only six months later they were back up and running without laying off a single associate. Through Maureen’s leadership, family ownership established its continued commitment to its associates, the community and the industry.

Throughout the years, Maureen has received numerous awards for the Ross companies’ philanthropy, community service and industry excellence. In 2001, the Ross companies were included in the Weatherhead 100, a distinguished group of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio and the Golden 30 Awards, recognizing companies in Lorain, Erie and Huron counties for their dedication to growth and development and their contribution to the economic prosperity of the region.For several consecutive years, the Ross companies were named a NorthCoast 99 company that honors the top 99 workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. In 2018, the Ross companies and their philanthropic arm the Ross Foundation, Inc. received the Excellence in Leadership Award from Leadership Lorain County.

During 2008, she was named to the Midview Schools Hall of Honor and was honored by EI Digest with their Industry Leadership Award. In February of 2007, she was featured in Inside Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Northeastern Ohio. During 2005, she was honored by Leadership Lorain County with the Distinguished Leadership Award at their Difference Makers Gala. In December 2002, she was featured in Success Stories, an exclusive series of articles featuring local business success stories, published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. During September of 2002, she was honored by the Governor of the State of Ohio with the Governor's Award for Women's Excellence in Enterprise. In January of 2002, Maureen received a national honor - the prestigious Industry Award from the Environmental Technology Council. She has received a number of other awards and recognitions over the years for her industry leadership and community volunteerism.

These few examples show the love, dedication and loyalty that Maureen shared with her family, friends, associates, community and church group at North Eaton Christian Church throughout her life. She committed her life to building on the legacy her parents started and to leave a better tomorrow for her family, community and Eaton Township.She will be extremely missed by all. Survivors include he loving husband of fifty two years; Bill II, sons; Bill III (Chris), Jon (Cindy), and six grandchildren. ALL SERVICES ARE PRIVATE. In lieu of flowers the family strongly suggests that memorial contributions in Maureen’s memory be sent to the Blessing House Capital Campaign Fund 5440 Grove Ave. Lorain, OH 44055. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elyria (440)322-4626. Online condolences to the family may be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com


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