2013 Inductees

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Fred and Jenny Brendy Religion

Fred and Jenny Brendy are active volunteers and faithful members of their parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) Church in Wickliffe, Ohio. They have lived in Wickliffe and have been parishioners of OLMC for over 55 years.

Fred is a Eucharistic Minister and weekly usher. He serves on Saturday’s 8:30 Mass, takes communion to the home bound, volunteers for the parish festival, and assigns senior servers for funeral masses.

He was Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus #5405. In 1978 he was recognized as their “Knight of the Year”. He also volunteers for the Knights of Columbus Special Olympics each May.

Jenny is also a Eucharistic Minister and lector. She also takes communion to the home bound.

She was president of several Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s organizations. She was past president of the Altar and Rosary Guild and Legion of Mary. She is a member of the Mt. Carmel Society and past president of the Isabella Guild. She was awarded “Woman of the Year” in 1974 by the Isabella Guild. She assists with the parish festival and volunteers on Saturdays cleaning and setting up for hospitality on Sundays.

Fred and Jenny Brendy both worked at Ohio Bell Telephone Co. They met while on picket duty in September 1957.

They had five wonderful children: twins Debra (John Sidorski), Donna (deceased) Larry Caskey, Susan (Keith-deceased) Stone, Patty (Tim) Fitzmaurice, and Joseph (Kelly) Brendy.

They are grandparents of Jake and Jason Sidorski, Sasha and Keith Stone, Andy and Jadyn (step granddaughter Robin) Brendy. They are great grandparents to Jackson (Jason and Amy Sidorski), Azalea and Skylar (Sasha and Kevin Serna).

They feel very honored to be inducted into the Wickliffe Community Hall of Fame.

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Joseph D. Carroscia Sr. Civic

Joe Carroscia, Sr. is a life-long resident of the City of Wickliffe. As a retired former employee of the Wickliffe Service Department, Joe demonstrated not only his outstanding skills as a tradesman, but his leadership ability in serving as a role model for other employee’s. He was named the “Mayor’s Employee of the Year” numerous times.

In support of the Wickliffe community Joe designed and constructed the Gazebo at Coulby Park. The gazebo is used for numerous celebrations and occasions, including summer band concerts and weddings. He also designed and built the spiral brick water fountain in Coulby Park and the smaller arched bridge over the back west end of Coulby Pond.

Joe donated his time and expertise to the Wickliffe School System by building a storage and equipment garage at the Senior High football field following his retirement from the city.

In retirement he also generously gave his time and experience toward the construction of the utility building at Liberty Gardens.

Joe won the 1991 Greater Cleveland Public Works Performance Award for his development and concept of using broken pieces of sidewalk concrete molded together to form the pedestrian bridge at Wickliffe’s Nehl’s Park. This 1991 new concept of using recycled concrete saves money and also makes use of discarded material to provide both functional and aesthetically pleasing structures.

Joe was born in Wickliffe Ohio in 1930 of immigrant parents Angelo and Lena Carroscia. His father was a mason and his mother was a housewife and later worked at Wickliffe City Hall.

He is the oldest of three children, a sister Betty Carroscia-Skrjance and one brother Angelo (Chuck) Carroscia. All graduated from Wickliffe High School.

Joe graduated in 1949 and went on to trade school to follow in his father’s footsteps as a stone and brick mason. He married his high school sweetheart, Madeline Pucella-Carroscia in 1950.

Together they had eight children: Joe Carroscia Jr., Perry, Chuck, Ray, Patty, Roxanne, Donna Carroscia-Platek and Judy Carroscia-Little. The boys graduated from Wickliffe High School and the girls graduated from Notre Dame Academy. Most went on to become college graduates and two are working in the trades.

Joe’s first wife Madeline passed away of Leukemia in the 1990. Joe met his current wife Judie Peoples-Carroscia and they married in 1997 in the same gazebo Joe built at Coulby Park. Judie has been a Wickliffe resident since 1963 residing on Phillips Ave. Joe is still an avid golfer in his retirement years along with enjoying his large family including 16 grandchildren.

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Joe Chillemi Military

Joe Chillemi was drafted into the 9th Army Air Force in 1941 and served as a control tower
operator. Joe was one of the many brave soldiers who landed on the beach at Calais, France on D-Day. After advancing from the beach up a hill he discovered a religious needlepoint on an undisturbed wall of a bombed out home. He carried it throughout his entire war career.
The needlepoint, which has a date of 1896, is now framed and is proudly displayed in his living room.

Joe also participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was involved in five major battles. For those battles he received five Bronze Stars. Although wounded several times he refused to accept any Purple Hearts. Accepting those meant his family would be notified and upset.
He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Joe was born in Mansfield, Ohio in 1921 to parents Rose (DiAchille) and Natale Chillemi. Natale’s family originated from Capo d’Orlando Messina Sicily.

During high school Joe played the saxophone for several local bands. That’s when he met his wife-to-be Betty Lucas.

They were married while he was on leave from the Army in 1943.

Following the war he and Betty settled in East Cleveland and started to raise his family. He opened three cigar stores in Downtown Cleveland from 1950 to 1982. The family moved to Wickliffe in 1954 where they raised their four children: Dolores, Jim, Jack and Richard.

He joined the Wickliffe Italian-American Club in 1971. He became the club’s treasurer from 1980 to 1988 and elected vice president the following two years.

After 68 years of marriage, Betty sadly passed away. Today he has 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

From the beaches of France, to his home in Wickliffe, Joe Chillemi played a big role in the war he fought and the I&A club he served for over 42 years.

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LeRoy Heavilin Education

LeRoy Heavilin was born 1884 in Archer Twp., Harrison Co., Ohio, and died 1925 in Wickliffe, Ohio. During this short 41-year life, LeRoy accomplished quite a lot. One of ten children born to a sheep farmer in Harrison county, he entered Ohio Wesleyan in 1907 and graduated in education from Mount Union College. He became a Manual Training teacher in the Bedford School district upon graduation. (The Manual Training movement was the precursor to the vocational training programs in our schools today.) In 1918 Mr. LeRoy Heavilin became the first Superintendent and Principal of the newly formed Wickliffe Junior High School which was a part of the Willoughby Rural School District. He was also the school’s Manual Training teacher. The Wickliffe Village Schools were formed in 1919 and LeRoy Heavilin was named the first Principal of the Senior and Junior High schools (the current Middle School), as well as the district’s Superintendent. By 1924 Leroy Heavilin continued as Wickliffe’s first Superintendent of the newly formed Wickliffe Village Schools while still maintaining his classroom duties as the high school Manual Training instructor. In 1924 he presided over the first Wickliffe High School graduation class of three students. The next year LeRoy died while still serving as the superintendent, and Manual Training teacher. An article written in a local paper describes the “Universal Sorrow” that resulted from his untimely passing.

“The joys of the coming summer vacation were spoiled for the pupils of the Wickliffe Schools and many friends were saddened to hear of the untimely death of LeRoy Heavilin, 41, at his former home in Wickliffe Saturday, May 28. … Sympathy for the bereaved widow and the citizens of Wickliffe has been county wide, as the dead man was known and loved both in educational circles and in a social way. He had been Superintendent of Wickliffe Schools for five years and was principal of the high school there for two more years. He came to Wickliffe from Bedford where he was a schoolman for twelve years. … In Wickliffe, on every hand, exclamations of sorrow at his untimely death were heard. He was unusually active in civic affairs and in anything which concerned the welfare of the village…Afterwards (after the funeral,) school was dismissed for the day as a mark of respect. ‘He was a public man of great understanding, who had given his life for his work. He will be greatly missed,’ said R.J. Little (acting school superintendent.) He was one of the senior elders of the Presbyterian Church and was on the board of directors of the Wickliffe Health Center. He was a director in the Wickliffe Improvement Co.  The county joins with Wickliffe in expressing sympathy to the bereaved.” From the Painesville Telegraph, May 1925.

A small memorial plaque that reads “In Memory of LeRoy Heavilin Supt. of Wickliffe Schools 1918-1925” rested below a tree in the side yard of the Lincoln Elementary (now Wickliffe Elementary School,) for many years. The Heavilin legacy lived on for many years after LeRoy’s passing. His wife, Blanche Heavilin taught elementary school (4th grade and substitute,) for a number of years after his death and his granddaughter, Betsy (Heavilin) Benz taught first grade from 1986 until she retired in 2008. For many years Betsy lived in the same house that LeRoy built and lived in on Maple Street while he was Superintendent.

LeRoy Heavilin–an education pioneer for the newly emerging Village of Wickliffe school system. LeRoy Heavilin, truly a Founding Farther of Wickliffe Education!

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Melvin House Sr. Safety Forces

Melvin House Sr. proudly joined the Wickliffe Fire Department in 1956 as a full time firefighter. In 1962, he was promoted to lieutenant (the first lieutenant position in the history of the department). He advanced to assistant chief in 1969 and retired in 1987 after 30 plus years of service. Mel is now a life member of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Although Mel contributed greatly to the success and growth of the Wickliffe Fire Department during his 30 plus years, his most enduring legacy is the establishment of Wickliffe’s emergency medical service in the early 1970s, which was one of the first in Lake County. He also assumed the responsibility of writing the specifications for the rescue and fire fighting vehicles, which were purchased.

In addition to his work as a firefighter, Mel served his community in other ways. From 1954-1956 prior to working for the city, he worked as a mail carrier for the Wickliffe branch of the U.S. Post Office. He was always proud that his father, Harry House, had been a mail carrier and had the first walking mail route in Wickliffe. Mel was a member of Shoreview Kiwanis, serving as president in 1972. After retirement he enjoyed helping people as a Laketran bus driver for ten years and a
Wickliffe Senior Bus driver, retiring only when forced to do so because of a stroke in 2003.

Mel is a lifelong resident of Wickliffe and graduated from Wickliffe High School where he played football for the Blue Devils. After graduation he served two years in the Navy on a destroyer escort, attended Kent State University, and after becoming a firefighter continued his education through fire training courses. A little known fact is that Mel was raised in a log cabin, which was one of three his family built on land which is now Grand Boulevard and Oakwood Drive. The other two cabins belonged to the Todds and to the Hilliards. Mel’s uncle, Bob Hilliard, later served as mayor of Wickliffe.

Mel and his wife, Pat, have four grown children (Mel Jr., Robyn, Christine, and Barbara) who also grew up in Wickliffe and graduated from Wickliffe High. Twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren complete the family. Mel has fond memories of attending his children’s football games, basketball games, baseball games, and band concerts. He even enjoyed coaching his daughters’ softball team. Mel is happy knowing he was able to share his love for Wickliffe with his family.

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David Krych Government

David Krych has served the City of Wickliffe as councilman for 12 years. He has volunteered for many organizations and was recognized as a “Home Town Hero” by the City of Mentor during a house fire.

Dave’s parent’s family moved to Wickliffe in 1956. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and graduated from Wickliffe High School in 1971. He joined the United States Air Force in 1971, stationed in Texas and North Carolina. After the service he returned to Wickliffe. His hobbies include: skiing, boating, cycling, bowling, fishing, walking and hiking. He has also been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane four times!

David married Laurie Krieke. They raised three children: Michael (US Army Reserve), Kimberley LPN (Reno), Daniel (Mindy) and grandfather of Joseph. Kaitlyn, Johnathan, Collin, Lilly Anne, Guiliana. Laurie, a Wickliffe Hall of Fame inductee, passed away in 2011.

Dave belongs to OLMC Parish and is the current Wickliffe City Council President. He previously served as Council-at-Large for the City for eight years.

Dave was honored as a “Hometown Hero” by the City of Mentor in 1990 for alerting a family of their burning house, on his way to work, so that they could escape and then assisted the owner in fighting the fire with a garden hose, prior to the fire department arriving.

His long list of volunteer ism are as follows:
• Former delegate, Lake County AFL-CIO
• U.S. Air Force Veteran, Aircraft Maintenance instruction graduate with honors, Sheppard Air Force Base Texas, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force – Crew Chief, C – 130 Aircraft
• USPS Retired, Willoughby, 33 years,
• Past Commander, American Legion, Post 7 Wickliffe

• President, Wickliffe Rotary Club
• Member, Wickliffe City Club
• Past Member, Wickliffe Planning Commission
• Western Lake County Area Chamber of Commerce
• Member, Wickliffe Community Neighborhood Watch
• Wickliffe Holiday Lighting Ceremony Committee.
• Past Member, Keep Wickliffe Beautiful Commission
• Wickliffe Euclid Avenue Redevelopment Committee
• Past Chairman, Wickliffe Legislation & Welfare Committee
• City Council representative to the Senior Center Board
• Wickliffe Senior Center Volunteer 30+ hours a month
• American Red Cross, Disaster Services Relief Volunteer
• Past Chairman, American Red Cross, Lake County Chapter
• American Red Cross Volunteer for Hurricane Rita in Texas

• Wickliffe Cemetery volunteer
• Inducted into the Wickliffe Schools Alumni Association  Achievement Hall Of Fame
• R.S.V.P. of Lake County Volunteer
• Past Volunteer for Neighboring of Lake County
• NEO Special Olympics Volunteer
• 10 year NALC Annual Food Drive Volunteer
• Delegate, Lake County AFL-CIO 1987 – 2003
• Wickliffe Civic Person of the Year 2002 with wife Laurie from the Wickliffe Chamber of Commerce
• Wickliffe City/Wickliffe City Schools, Collaboration
• Past Lake County Fair Board Director
• Lake County Central YMCA special events and desk 1980s
• Board Member March of Dimes 1989-1997
• Co-chairman, March of Dimes Lake/Geauga
Walk America 1995 – 1999
• Combined Federal Campaign/United Way Loaned Exec.
• Member, Lake County Catholic War Veterans Post, John Paul II 1959

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Richard Mann Sports

Richard (Dick) Mann’s career athletic accomplishments have him inducted into the following Hall of Fames: Ohio Association of Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC); Cleveland Heights High School, Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland Heights High School’s Distinguished Alumni; and the Over the Hill Track Club. In 2006, The Plain Dealer sports staff named him one of the area’s top 10 high school coaches in any sport. In 2012, the OATCCC gave him an award for a combined 103 years in Track & Cross-Country. On Jan 8, 2013, Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board honored him with a resolution, recognizing his service and contributions to the district.

Born on October 12, 1932, Dick Mann grew up in Cleveland Heights and was the only three-sport athlete at Heights High participating in football, basketball and track. Before graduating in 1950, he won national crowns in the 440-yard dash and mile relay at the AAU Jr. Nationals and was named MVP. While at Western Reserve University, his track honors include All Ohio and All MAC, member of two national champion relays in AAU and held indoor school records for 300 and 440-yard dash. In football, he was named MVP freshman, All Big Four, 2nd Team MAC and Outstanding Defensive Back. In 1954, the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams drafted him.

In later years, Dick competed in Masters and won 15 national championships/All-American honors for his age group throwing the discus, javelin, shot put, hammer and weights.

Dick’s coaching career began as an assistant football/track coach at Cleveland East High (1956-1960).  In 1960, he became the head coach for football/track at Lincoln High.

In 1961, his 36-year career began at his alma mater, Heights High. He coached boys track, boys/girls cross-country, and launched the girls track and boys indoor track programs. He guided the boy’s track teams to winning a share of the state championship (1982) and state runner-up (1991). The boy’s cross-country teams were state runner-ups twice. He was named LEL Coach of the Year 21 times, NEOTCCC Coach of the Year (1978 and 1980), Ohio Coach of the Year (1982) and Ohio Career Coach of the Year (1996).

At John Carroll University (1998-2003), he coached men’s/women’s track, indoor track and
cross-country. He led men’s track to its first OAC championship in 25 years and was named OAC Coach of the Year (2001 & 2002). He produced 3 national champions and 16 All-Americans.

At Lakewood St. Edward High School (2004-2010), he was head indoor/outdoor track coach. At Laurel School (2006-2012), he was assistant cross-country coach, as well as being assistant track coach for the last two years.

His combined record as a high school track/cross-country head coach was 781-181-2.

His high school teams combined had, 1 state championship, 3 state runner-up, 3 regional championships, 20 district championships, 26 Lake Erie League track titles and 145 Invitational wins. His runners set 17 state records, had 11 state champions, 10 state runner-ups,
7 regional champions, 28 district champions, 102 All-Ohioans and 3 All-Americans.

Dick Mann moved to Wickliffe in 1958 with his first wife, Evelyn. They raised four Wickliffe High School graduates – Cheryl (1975), Tod (1977), Scott (1980) and Leigh (1983). He later remarried in 1982 and remained in Wickliffe with his current wife, Donna until his death on Dec 31, 2012, after battling four years of colon cancer.

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J. Patrick Penrod Arts

In 1974, Pat Penrod received his Master’s degree in Theatre Education from the University of Montana, and he was on his way to bringing new ideas to Wickliffe High School’s Theatre program.

Pat was born in Akron, Ohio in 1942. After graduating from East High School, he went to Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and earned his B.A. in Speech and Theatre.

He taught for two years in small country schools, then, in 1966, he began a 29-year association with the Wickliffe City school system. During this time, he produced three plays a year, giving Wickliffe students exposure to a wide range of plays, from Moliere to Neil Simon and John Steinback to Woody Allen. Students were also given the opportunity to see live theatre in and around Cleveland on a regular basis.

“It has been a great joy,” Pat says, “to see former students go on to be successful in professional theatre. And, there has been much satisfaction in seeing Wickliffe students, on all levels, participate in the theatre program and benefit from doing so. They have gained confidence, made friends, and learned something about themselves. They have also learned how to work with others and have become better members of their community because of their participation.”

“It has been my pleasure to work with the Wickliffe community as well,” he added. “This includes the Mt. Carmel Players and the Wickliffe Civic Theatre.”

“But above all, the greatest thing about Wickliffe is its people. Having an opportunity to work with and get to know entire families has been a joy. These include the Mulroys, Ruffners, Cicirellis, Ivancics, and many others to numerous to mention. I was able to work with Pete Wolfgram to establish the Rockefeller Road Revue and collaborate with Mike Lenenski and Mike Elias to produce quality music programs. At any time we could go to City Hall and get the cooperation needed in order to give our students a better experience. The teachers, administrators and staff at Wickliffe High were always ready to help. But above it all were the students – it was always the students. They were ambitious, hard working, talented, respectful and a joy to be around.”

“All of the aforementioned allowed me to be true to my personal theatre philosophy:

We don’t do grandma shows, we do good theatre.”

“If you stay true to that philosophy you can be proud of what you do – And I am!”

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Joseph and Mary Ann Surtz Civic

Joseph and Mary Ann Surtz have been invaluable volunteers for the City of Wickliffe and Lake County for many years. Their volunteerism has shown their love for people. They have volunteered at the Wickliffe Senior Center, the City’s Children’s events, The Little Red Schoolhouse and at their church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, to name a few.

Joseph L. Surtz was born at St. Ann’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio on December 8, 1936 to Joseph and Julia Surtz. He was one of five children.

Mary Ann Surtz was born in Cleveland on April 30, 1938 to parents Michael and Mary Chinchar. She was also one of five children.

Their first date was going to Mass at St. Felicitas Church In Euclid. The dated for over five years and were married on May 14, 1960 at St. Stephen’s Byzantine Church.

The couple moved to Wickliffe in 1963. They have lived in Wickliffe for over 50 years and love living in this community. Their goal was to celebrate their 50 years of marriage, because both their fathers died young.

Joe went to our Lord on May 2, 2011, just one year shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Together they raised five children: Cindy (Wozniak), Joseph M., Cathy (Stover), Connie (Jones), and Brian. They have 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Joe’s favorite hobbies were gardening and building things with wood.

Mary Ann’s hobbies are sewing, cooking and baking and raising their family.

They were tent campers and traveled all of the states east of the Mississippi River.

They love their God and all people and enjoyed every minute of their lives together.

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Fr. Thomas W. Tifft Religion

Fr. Thomas W. Tifft was born October 5, 1942 to William and Catherine Tifft. He spent his early years in East Cleveland and attended St. Philomena Parish. He was a proud “Viking” and an alumnus of St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fr. Tifft graduated from Borromeo Seminary in 1965 and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Mary Seminary in 1969. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland on May 31, 1969 and served his first assignment as Associate Pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Parma, Ohio.

He earned a Master of Arts degree in 1974 from John Carroll University and a doctorate in Philosophy degree in History from the Catholic University of America in 1979.

In 1973 he was appointed to the faculty of Saint Mary Seminary and taught courses in Church History including a most popular course on the History of the Diocese of Cleveland.

In June 2001 he was appointed President-Rector of Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. He will long be remembered for his assistance and guidance in the transition of relocating Saint Mary Seminary from the Ansel Road facility to the newly formed Center for Pastoral Leadership (located on the grounds of Borromeo Seminary) in Wickliffe, Ohio in 1991.

Fr. Tifft was an avid follower of history, especially the local Catholic Church in Cleveland as well as following his favorite All-American pastime … baseball! His love and devotion to the Tribe, through all the wins and losses, was known to all who knew and loved this great man … priest … professor … and fan!

Fr. Thomas Tifft suffered a massive stroke on July 6, 2012 and died on July 9, 2012.

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Louis Achilles Turi Heritage

Louis Turi was one of three children born March 4th, 1923 in Mt. Kisco NY. One of his favorite lines when asked for his birth date was “ March 4th…the only date that makes a statement!” He died on February 13th, 2013 at Hillcrest Hospital.

Lou’s early education was split between Ohio and New York. He attended grade school at Lincoln Elementary and spent the middle years in White Plains. He graduated from Wickliffe high school and from John Carroll College. He graduated from Cleveland-Marshall Law School and worked a number of jobs to support his education. He often mentioned Addressograph-Multigraph as some good years and he did also sell insurance.

He and his sister and brother lived in their parents’ home in Willoughby until they were married. The marriages were all in the same year, 1958. Lou married Patricia Butters from Franklin, Pennsylvania. They met skiing in 1958 at Seven Springs, a resort in Pennsylvania. They have seven children and eleven grandchildren

Lou passed the bar exam in 1955 and was the first attorney to open a practice in Wickliffe. It was in a building shared with Roy Miller Realty that is now Location Carpet. In 1956 he bought a building on Craneing Road, split it in half, had it moved to it’s current location in front of the city cemetery. It was reconnected and he had his office at that location with a partner, Eugene Adelman. He retired from his last office in the Wick-Willow Professional Building in 2010.

After his love for his family, his other two passions were Italy and his years in Wickliffe. His Italian heritage grew stronger as he got older. He was a proud member of the Italian/American Club where he served as an officer and often aided the club in legal matters. He was instrumental in forming an Italian language class for club members and friends. And, of course, he loved Bocce and made sure you pronounced the name correctly. He made four or five trips to Italy to meet his father’s relatives and kept in touch with them over the years. He found the town of Turi and photographed the road sign for posterity. Lou collected maps of Italy and enjoyed studying them.

He was also a member of a committee sponsored by Lakeland Community College that arranged to bring a group of Italian students to the U.S. for a summer tour in exchange for a group of Lake County students that went to Italy. Many international friendships were formed from this exchange.

Lou was also known for his stories about Wickliffe in “the good old days”. He, his parents and brother and sister lived in many different houses in Wickliffe. One was an apartment above the now non-existent Clarks’ Market that was near the Fifth-Third Bank location. Another was in a double house near where Spinner’s is located. The most fondly remembered one was on the corner of Rockefeller and Meadowbrook. When the family was young and Lou was driving them for ice cream at Foster’s, there was a chorus of “Daddy’s old house” repeated a couple of times.

As you probably know, Lou loved to tell stories and many of them were about days in Wickliffe. The names of streets when they were streetcar stops, skipping school and riding horses around town, having a root beer at Wimpy’s Barrel or a hamburger at the Skyway Inn.

Lou was a very loyal Italian and Wickliffian.

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Vineyard Church of Wickliffe Organization

Each month several hundred cars pass over the well-worn driveway.  Their occupants, some older, some disabled, and some unemployed or underemployed, are on their way to receive some much needed food at the Vineyard Community Church food pantry. This is just one of many programs God has called the people of The Vineyard Community Church of
Wickliffe in support of the local community.

The Vineyard Community Church has been part of the Wickliffe community for over 40 years and in 1987 Pastor Brent Paulson, his wife Teresa, and daughter Bethany, moved to Wickliffe from Minneapolis and helped birth what is now The Vineyard Community Church.

The Church and its Pastors have a heart and
vision to demonstrate the love of God through simple acts of kindness and over the years that vision has taken shape in the form of the Vineyard Food Pantry which last year served over 30,000 people from Wickliffe and all over Lake and Cuyahoga County. We try our best to keep our focus on the community that lives outside the four walls of our church as we serve the least, last, and lost in this area.

Back in the early 1990s the church realized many in the community were not able to provide gifts to their children and so began the “Christmas For Kids” program, which has provided gifts for thousands of kids throughout the years. We partner with local schools and other church’s to meet the increasing need during the Holiday season. Around the same time, the Church began handing out water at the Memorial Day Parade along with providing music via a live performance of the Vineyard Worship Team on a mobile stage.

Vineyard Community Church has also been able to serve the community of Wickliffe over the years with its annual Harvest Party at Halloween, Vacation Bible School, various community outreaches and health events as well as providing community service opportunities for local High Schools and the Willoughby Municipal Courts.

Pastor Paulson and the other staff and members of the Vineyard Community Church desire to serve the City and its people so that people might “See the good works and glorify our Father in Heaven”.

We truly enjoy the partnership and relationships we have with the City of Wickliffe, its mayors, all the city workers the City Council, Police and Fire departments as well as the residents of Wickliffe. Everyone has been amazingly helpful in working with us as we seek to serve the city.