Seven Fisher brothers headline St. Paul Hall of Fame class

Don Hohler, John Magnuson, Charles P. Amato Jr., Dr. Gerald Volcheck, David Poole and John Wasiniak, Kami (Roeder) Luers also being inducted.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 1, 2012

A class of seven brothers, all schooled at St. Paul, and seven individuals, will make up that school's third Hall of Fame class the last weekend in January.

The Fisher Brothers of Norwalk, who would become the Fisher Brothers of Detroit, will headline a ceremony that will be held the night of Jan. 26 in the parish Gathering Space. As in the previous two years, the living inductees and/or a member of the family in case of the Fisher Brothers will be introduced the night before at halftime of the Monroeville-St. Paul basketball game.

Tickets for the dinner will first be made available to family members and friends of the inductees. A news release will follow as to public sale of the remainder of the tickets.

Full biographical sketches will be published in late January.

The following, in chronological order by date of graduation, are short summaries of the 2013 class:

1918-1930 -- The sons of Lawrence and Margaret Fisher were born in this order: Fred, Charles, Lawrence, William, Edward, Alfred and Howard. Fisher Body was formed by the two oldest sons, Fred and Charles. Edward had the closest ties with St. Paul. After constructing a state of the art school building in 1921, the Fisher brothers' munificence continued to provide a rectory, a convent and the Monroe Street Gymnasium. Edward gave a sizable amount of money when the church was renovated in 1971. William and Laura (Titus) gave a large sum of money toward the building of the hospital, hence the name Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

1956 -- Although Don Hohler is best known as a sports writer who, among other assignments, for more than 50 years covered St. Paul athletic events, his occupations were numerous including 25 years as a public servant. In conjunction with his 20-year service on the fire department, he served for 22 years as a board member on the Ashland University Arson Seminar. He also worked as a substitute teacher for 17 years. Twice named Writer of the Year in his class, he was the 12th writer inducted (1992) into the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

1965 -- Not even multiple sclerosis slowed John Magnuson on the way to Erie County Sheriff's Office. The three-sport star at St. Paul served five terms as the chief law enforcement officer of that county, the longest serving sheriff in the history of Erie County. Accomplishments during his watch included the construction of the new Erie County Jail. At his retirement dinner in 2009 after 30 years of service, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher recognized Magnuson for his dedication and achievement by presenting him with the Clarence W. Seavers Citizenship Award.

1966 -- Charles P. Amato Jr. was a three-sport star at St. Paul. In addition to being the class salutatorian, he captained and quarterbacked football teams in 1964 and 1965 and captained and started at guard on the basketball squads. He also played No. 1 on the Flyer tennis teams in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He graduated from both Notre Dame and Loyola University with degrees. Despite being partially paralyzed by a brain aneurysm some 30 years ago, Amato continues to accomplish the basic tasks of daily life. Amato is a member of St. Clement's Parish in Chicago and the American Bar Association of that city.

1981 -- Dr. Gerald Volcheck is a staff physician at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Volcheck earned a bachelor's of science degree in 1983 from the University of Akron. He earned his medical degree in 1987 from the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He interned at Akron City Hospital before taking residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1992. He holds the title program director, division of allergic diseases at the Mayo Clinic.

1985 -- David Poole ranks high among the distance runners at St. Paul. After banner regular seasons, he qualified for the state cross country meet in 1982, 1983 and 1984, finishing 12th, 4th and 43rd as a senior when he suffered an on-course injury. He set the school cross country record of 15:56. He is one of just three St. Paul state track and field champions, winning the 1600 meter run in 1985 at The Ohio State University.

1990 -- John Wasiniak took a perfect 29-0 record into the Cincinnati Gardens, the site of the 1990 State Wrestling Tournament. In the lower bracket, another undefeated wrestler, Bret Born, Perry (26-0), was also working his way through to the finals. Wasiniak won his three matches leading up to the finals by scores of 4:48, 9-0 and 9-7. Born won 16-5, 14-6 and 11-3. Wasiniak decisioned Born in the finals, 7-5. He then took his talent to Eastern Michigan where he was three-time Mid-American Conference placer. He graduated in 1995 with a degree in construction management.

1993 -- Kami (Roeder) Luers virtually did it all in high school. In addition to being one of the most decorated St. Paul basketball players, she also was the student council president and homecoming and prom queen. She went on to earn a bachelor's of arts degree from Capital University, graduating cum laude. While at Capital, she starred on basketball teams that won national Div. III championships in 1994 and 1995. She captained Capital teams in her junior and senior years. The 2006 Capital team was the inaugural class inducted into of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

Comments

jack langhals

What a great group.Congratulations to all.Hope John Magnuson can make it to the event !

Cliff Cannon

" To wake the soul by tender strokes of art,to raise the genius and to mend the heart" So it says on the wall of one the most impressive,beautiful buildings,this architecture loving man has ever seen: Detroit's " Fisher Building"


Of course,if you listen to a.m. radio giant WJR you've heard about the " Golden tower of the Fisher building" (their home) repeatedly. If your a theater lover,perhaps you enjoyed a show in the amazingly beautiful 'Fisher theater' there.


Maybe,you've shopped there and walked awed through it's 3 story tall bi-secting main hallways. Where every direction you turn another treasure of art lies before you. My favorite are the fresco's with their themes of justice,knowledge,peace,faith and courage to name a few.


At the main entrance is a simple plaque erected when the eldest son Fred Fisher died. The plaque simply tells the truth of this Norwalk boy who made so much of himself, as well as his family. That they returned more to life, than they took. No doubt,the tribute would've further humbled,this humble man


Certainly, being put into the St.Paul 'hall-of fame' with 7 men and women who like the 7 Fisher brothers have all ---given more than they have taken from life--- would in my opinion, have made the Fisher brothers glow like the " Golden tower of the Fisher building"


Congrats to all. For this very wonderful honor. And thanks St.Paul for the tender strokes of art,that raise genius' and mend the heart