Memorial service, Saturday, November 11 at 10 A.M. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
6295 Chagrin River Road, Chagrin Falls
Norman Dominick Tomiello, of Chagrin Falls, OH, age 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marilyn (nee Rockwell) Tomiello, daughter Kathryn Marsh (Scott) of Highland Heights, OH, son Steven Tomiello of Chicago, IL, and daughter Lynn Lampey (Todd) of Walnut Creek, CA. He also leaves behind a sister, Dolores Katherine Coda (Dominick) of Palos Heights, IL, niece Diane Coda Theis of New Lenox, IL and nephew David Coda (Nancy) of New Lenox, IL. Norman was born on December 8, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Lena (nee Pianalto) Tomiello and Fred Tomiello. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1952 with a degree in Chemistry. During his time at the University of Illinois, he was a graduate assistant for Salvadore Luria, the 1969 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Bacteriology. Upon graduation, Norm was drafted into the US Army, and was stationed at Shape Headquarters in Fontainebleau, France from 1956-1958. He was trained to be a cryptographer. Following his return from military duty, Norm’s first job was at Morton Salt (Chicago, IL), where he was a sales administrator. After a few years, he joined the Lubrizol Corporation (Wickliffe, OH), where he remained until 1980 as Director of Sales and International Marketing. In 1980, he took a job with Continental Carbon Company which was later purchased by DuPont, where he was promoted to Vice President for International Marketing. In 1986, Norm spent the year consulting with Diamond Crystal Salt Company (Saint Clair, MI), and it was there that his vision of designing a new salt analyzer with circuit board technology was born. At 55 years of age, he left the corporate world and started his own company, The Noramar Company of Novelty, OH and marketed and sold the Saltan Salt Analyzer, used in the routine measurement of salt in processed foods for the food processing industry. In 1999, he acquired the patent and trademark of his competitor’s product and grew the business into a worldwide presence. Norm often said that these were the best years of his working life. He would’ve celebrated 30 years with The Noramar Company in November 2017. Although he was forced to retire because of his illness, his legacy continues. Norm’s family and friends will celebrate his life with a memorial service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 6295 Chagrin River Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM. An open-house at Marilyn and Norm’s home in South Russell, OH will immediately follow. Donations can be made to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church or Hospice of the Western Reserve. (Arrangements by the St. John Funeral Home of Bainbridge Twp., 440-708-1855).