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In Memory

Gregory A. Norenberg

Gregory A. Norenberg, 62, of Medina, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014. He was born March 21, 1951 in Toledo, to Glenn and Joan (Barut) Norenberg.

Gregory attended Aspen Tech, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Toledo, where he graduated with his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. After graduation he began his career in January 1974 with Standard Oil Company of Ohio, where he provided process engineering to Sohios’ Refining Group. He also provided engineering design and process applications for the Paraho Oil State Project. Gregory served as Pump Station Manager in Alaska for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and led Mitsui Toatsu Chemical Malcic Anhydride joint venture in Osaka, Japan. He managed developmental program Lurgi O Gas Chemie AG in Frankfort, Germany. Since 2003 Gregory was an independent consultant providing direction and technical support to Fortune 500 and other domestic and foreign firms. He holds various patents for reactor engineering and process engineering designs.

Gregory belonged to many professional affiliations including, Tau Beta Pi, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and University of Toledo Alumni Association. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. He had a great love of animals, especially his dachshund dogs, Herman, Gunther and Maximillian.

Gregory is survived by his cherished mother, Joan Norenberg; his soul mate and companion of 30 years, Lynn Smith; sister, Julia (Richard) Norenberg-Novak; brother, Mark Norenberg; nieces, Laura and Christine Novak; nephew, Aaron Norenberg; great-nephew, Timothy Novak D’Agostino; and an aunt, Dorothy (Michael) LaBay.

He was preceded in death by his loving father, Glenn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Waite and Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or the SPCA of Medina. Online condolences at Waite Funeral Home.

Published in The Plain Dealer on Feb. 17, 2014

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06/28/15 06:06 PM #1    

Bill Howitt

Greg and I were peers during pump station commissioning and startup during the latter part of 1976 and the first half of 1977.  Among the startup engineers, Greg was probably the most deliberate and structured startup engineer and probably saved the rest of us from making more mistakes and bad decisions than we did.  Several of us were kinda cowboys (can you believe it?) and he was the one that helped us think things through. He was very knowledgable and solid as a rock; always dependable.  He also had the smallest and neatest printing I'd ever seen. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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