2017 Inductees

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Dottie Cirino Civic

Dottie Cirino was born December 22, 1941, a graduate of Shaw High 1959.  She retired from Wickliffe System as Head Cook.  Dottie was a devoted mother raising four kids alone, instilling honesty, integrity, hard work and the value of a dollar into them.

She always had a smile on her face and was either walking or riding her bike.  She enjoyed swimming, volunteering, gardening and her cats.  She chose to see the best in people and made them feel accepted.  She was a selfless giver to so many and her energy was contagious.

She received the 2015 Lake County Volunteer of the Year award.  She also was a long time member and active parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and the Mt. Carmel Society.

She volunteered in the following organizations:  Little Red School House, Play House Square, Wickliffe Beautification and a Chaplain at the Wickliffe Eagles Auxiliary.

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Dominic Di Matteo Military

Dominic was an honor student during his high school career.  He represented WHS at the Buckeye Boys State, graduating in 1939.  After graduation he went to work for a brief while and on July 1, 1940 he joined the Navy.

In April 1952 he married Florie, but by July 1952, Di Matteo was back in Korea, where he resumed flying but as the “team leader”.  His plane was hit, blowing a hole in the right wing, yet he managed to land the plane. He flew more than 250 missions during that year.

Affectionately known as “Uncle Dee” Dominic has honored his country and home with his dedication and service to the United States Armed Forces.

Dominic was a Navy pilot and saw action in three wars:  WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his action in Korea.

He flew the Bearcat and Hellcat fighter planes in WWII and the Corsair fighter bombers in Korea.  Prior to Vietnam he flew rescue helicopters in the Pacific.  Vietnam saw him as navigator on the USS Thetis Bat, a Marine Helicopter Carrier.

 

On July 1, 1970 Dominc Di Matteo retired from the Navy after 31 years of service, going from being an apprentice seaman to Commander USN.  Dominic and his wife Florence, have been married for 65 years.  They have seven children.  Each of their children has a college degree.  Two sons, David and Jim followed in their father’s footsteps, both becoming Navy pilots.

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George Dilisio Sports

Dependability, excellence, respect.  While these are qualities George Dilisio admires, he would be humbled to know the countless people he has inspired by living these same qualities. Whether coaching football players in Wickliffe, providing for his family as a plumber for 40 years, or serving his country in the Army Elite Sniper Unit in the Korean War, George never asks more from anyone than he asks of himself. He is so honored by this award and believes it should be shared with the hundreds of players he coached over the years.

The youngest of six children, George was born in Painesville. His passion for football began while being coached by Don Shula in 4th grade. This passion continued as he played running back and linebacker for Painesville Harvey High School, as well as being captain of the track team. George went on to be the football coach at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wickliffe. Coach Dilisio and his teams won their “Super Bowl” many times by winning their division seven times and the Greater Cleveland City Championship five times. His head-coaching career has one of the best records in Greater Cleveland CYO history (64-3-2). In 1973 – George’s team had the best record of his coaching career going 10-0-0 not allowing a single point to be scored on them including the division and city championship games.  In an article about Coach Dilisio in the 1970’s, George was called the “Vince Lombardy of CYO football”.  The outstanding qualities he taught these young men from Wickliffe are instilled in them for life.

He married his wife, Cherie, in 1952.  He is the loving and fun-loving father of 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  As a charter member of the Wickliffe Knights of Columbus, he was awarded Knight of the Year in 1966. Always an avid sportsman, George currently plays bocce with the Wickliffe Italian American Club and can be found catching his limit on the Naples Pier in the winter months.

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Chief Robert Dion Safety Forces

Robert Dion was born on September 4th, 1943 in East Cleveland, Ohio.  In 1956, Robert’s family moved to Wickliffe.  He has one sister, Patricia.  Bob graduated from Wickliffe High School in 1960, at the age of 16.  After graduation, Robert joined the US Army.

After returning from his military service, Robert took the Patrolman examination and finished first on the list.  He was sworn in as a patrolman on January 1st, 1966.  He served as a patrolman until 1972 when he was promoted to Sergeant.  In 1974 Bob was promoted to Lieutenant and in 1976 he was appointed Detective Lieutenant in charge of the Detective Bureau.  In 1984 Robert was promoted to Chief of Police, a position he held for 10 years.

During his years on the police force, he attended Lakeland Community College, receiving an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement.  Dion also graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University.  He continued with more education at the FBI Academy and the American Institute of Polygraph Technology and Applied Psychology.  Bob saved many hours of investigation time by the use of the polygraph.  He was qualified as an “Expert” witness.

Chief Dion made several upgrades to the department.  The department has installed the 911 system.  The pistol range was updated to meet EPA standards.  The Emergency Response team was created.  In addition, the D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance and Education) program was initiated.  This has benefited the youth of Wickliffe and their parents for many years.  Chief Dion created a development team to help in the planning of the new 1.7 million dollar police station.  The state jail inspections imposed state standards and the city had to comply.  The cost to retrofit the existing jail was not cost effective.  Visiting law enforcement agency members have taken away many ideas to be used by their departments.

In 1991, Chief Dion was selected as Employee of the Year by Mayor Aufuldish.  Robert also served as President of the Fraternal Order of Police and was the 1972 recipient of the Knights of Columbus Blue Coates Award.

Robert has been married to Linda, a retired Registered Nurse for 49 years.  The have one son, Gregory and one grandchild.

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Dr. Sid Savitt Business

Sid grew up in South Euclid and graduated from Brush High School in 1970. He then enrolled in the Ohio State College of Optometry and graduated in 1976. Upon graduation he opened his private practice office in Wickliffe, across the street from his parent’s grocery store, Savitt’s Market. His parents, Rose and Morry were instrumental in helping his practice grow.

In 1988 Dr. Sid purchased the property of the original Mt. Carmel Church, and built Wickliffe Center, where he currently practices.

Dr. Sid has always been active in the community. He has been a board member of the former Wickliffe Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a board member and past President of both the North Coast Lions Club and Tanglewood Country Club. He is currently a board member of the Lasik Vision Center.

Dr. Sid loves what he does, helping others. He is proud to call Wickliffe his home.

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Joe Silvestro Religion

Joe Silvestro was born on July 5, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio to Madeline and Dominic.  He attended East Tech High School and after graduating, joined the Navy, where he was stationed in Samoa.

He married Rose Trankito on April 19, 1948 and prior to his passing, they celebrated 60 years of marriage.  Joe and Rose have a daughter, Mary Jane Ciavarelli and two grandsons, Matthew and Michael.

Moving to Wickliffe in 1955, Joe became a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in 1957, where he was a dedicated volunteer for over 50 years.

Nicknamed “Monsignor Joe” because of the time he spent at the church Rectory, he spent 15 years heading the St. Vincent DePaul program, making sure that any family in need received a food basket at any time, even if it meant taking calls in the middle of the night.

Joe was a part of the group that created the Mt. Carmel Festival, where he would lead and volunteer in some capacity for over 17 years.  Joe could also be seen regularly driving the parish van, bringing those to church who did not drive.  He also served as Eucharistic Minister, a Senior Server and would often be seen at the Wickliffe Country Place serving communion to the residents.

Joe also helped to bring the Knights of Columbus to Wickliffe and served as a Past Grand Knight, a 4th Degree Knight, Treasurer and helped to organize and work the Special Olympics.

Joe would say that besides the blessings of family and friends, helping others gives you the best feeling in the world.

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Mary K. Sladky Medical Health

Mary K. was born and raised in Morgantown, WV.  She graduated from West Virginia University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology.  Mary K. married Ron in 1963 and relocated to Cleveland. In 1967 they moved to Wickliffe and raised two children, Deanna and Ronald.

Upon moving to Cleveland she accepted a position at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center as a staff technologist in Microbiology.  She was proficient in the identification of pathogenic bacteria and sensitivity to antibiotics.  She joined Huron Road Hospital as supervisor of Microbiology and was promoted to Chief Technologist in charge of the clinical labs and the School of Medical Technology.  She co-authored a self-instructional unit on Urinalysis.  She returned to Mt. Sinai in 1976 as Quality Control Coordinator of the laboratory.  She accepted the position as client representative for the Mt. Sinai Reference Laboratory. In 1984 she was awarded The Edna Hayes award and in 1993, The M.E. Glass award for outstanding performance of duties and dedication to the programs of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.  Mary continued her education and received a MA in Management from Central Michigan University.  In 1996 she became manager of the Outreach Laboratory at Hillcrest Hospital and retired in 2007.

Her volunteer activities include the Right to Read Program at Wickliffe Elementary School and Literacy program at Royalview Elementary School.  As a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) she volunteers for the Pre- Baptism Program, Festival, and Mt. Carmel Players. She is the parish representative for the Christ Child Society.  In the past, she served as WHS Forum president and teacher in OLMC PSR program.

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Wickliffe Rotary Club

Wickliffe Rotary Club – chartered by Rotary International March 26, 1946 with Gerald H. Michael as President – celebrated our 70th Anniversary in 2016.

The club has been involved in many special projects:

*participated in a Polio Plus team in El Salvador

*sponsored an Interact Club at Wickliffe High School

*elected the first female Club President in District 6630

*sponsored construction of a water pipeline in Nicaragua

*sponsored an Outstanding Educators Award Banquet

*sponsored a Rotaract Club at Bryant & Stratton College

*sponsored two Wickliffe High School students in traveling overseas

*sponsored the Wickliffe Public Library’s Summer Reading Buddies Program

The Club annually: sponsors City’s Arbor Day and Holiday Festivals; awards college scholarships; since 1960, sponsors Student Government Day at Wickliffe High School and gives out Dictionaries to all 3rd graders in Wickliffe.

2016 filled six boxes with educational/personal supplies for children in South America and gave $1,000 to Rotary International Foundation’s polio Plus Campaign.

Wickliffe Rotary Club is proud that the following members have been inducted into the WICKLIFFE HALL OF FAME:

Gerald H. Michel, Dr. Michael Matteo, Bill Garguilo, Thomas W. Ruffner, Nancy Fisher, Enric M. Serrat and David Krych