Wheeler Sheet Metal and the late Don Wheeler were honored by Norwalk Catholic School with the 15th annual Tradition of Service award at the this morning's Business & Professional Breakfast.
"He was hardworking, dedicated and fun loving," said Jim Wasiniak before presenting framed pictures and the award to Delores Wheeler.
Don and Delores Wheeler started the business 31 years ago with the help of a loan from her sister, Wilma Collier. Their sons Steve, Charlie and Randy Wheeler have helped the business grow. Delores now runs the company with her son Steve and grandson Matt Wheeler.
Don Wheeler helped immensely in the building of the St. Paul Convocation Center, Wasiniak said. Wheeler also served the parish and school by serving on various boards and committees.
Wasiniak said Wheeler was responsible for personally raising more than $3 million for the construction of the Convo. Wasiniak added Wheeler also made working for the church and school enjoyable with numerous pranks to entertain volunteers.
More than 180 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, held in the parish gathering center.
Student ambassadors served the meal and assisted visitors. Daniel Duncan and Alex Fries, St. Paul High students, played pianos for entertainment.
Elementary students Daniele Perkins and Connor Careless and Early Childhood students Lars Livengood and Gaby Cruz led prayers. Junior high student Joe Kowalski and high school students Pat Spettel Jr. and Celeste Revelas spoke to the crowd.
St. Paul alumni Robin Bleile and Patti Wilde also told the group about their mission trips.
The Tradition of Service award is given to a business or professional each year who had shown their commitment to NCS and local parishes with gifts of time, talent and treasure.