Romp’s Co-Founder Laura “Peeps” Romp has passed.
With a heavy heart, we have a bit of sad news to share today as our co-founder and the grand matriarch of the Romp Family passed on peacefully February 1, 2018 at her home after a short illness. Laura (nee Schmitt), currently of Birmingham, AL was 96 years of age.
(Pictured above with her husband, business partner and marina co-founder Robb Romp, who preceded Laura in death. )
Laura was born July 15, 1921 in Berea, Ohio. She grew up on Cleveland’s West Side and Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
After graduating from North Olmsted High School she married the love of her life, Robb. In 1957 Laura and Robb purchased what is now Romp’s Water Port in Vermilion, Ohio. With the help of their two sons they developed the property into one of the best known marina’s on Lake Erie.
Laura loved boating and taking care of her family. She was a born caregiver. In the Fall of 1959 she helped establish the Vermilion Booster Club and became the first president. She was a past member of the Vermilion Boat Club and a member of the Vermilion, United Church of Christ, Congregational.
(Pic Below of the marina at time of purchase)
Laura and Robb moved to Eustis, Florida in 1970 but always spent time in Vermilion during the Summers. After the death of Robb in 1996 she returned to Vermilion and resided there until she moved to Birmingham, AL in 2011 to be closer to her son Tom’s family.
(Laura “Peeps Romp, below)
She is survived by her children, Tom and Martha Jane Romp of Birmingham, AL and Bill and Molly Romp of Vermilion, Ohio and Mount Dora, Florida; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
(Tom and Martha Jane on the left, Molly and Bill Romp on the right with Laura’s grandchildren)
She was preceded in death by her husband Robb N. Romp; her parents, Roland and Elsie Schmitt; and four brothers.
( Robb and Peeps, left – Molly and Bill, right)
There will be a Memorial Service in Vermilion, Ohio announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to your local Hospice or to
The United Church of Christ Handicap Fund, 990 State St, Vermilion, Ohio, 44089.