BLAST FROM THE PAST - Woman ordained

OCT. 19, 1977 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 30 years ago:
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

OCT. 19, 1977

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 30 years ago:

Lutherans to ordain woman

Come Sunday, her official title will become the Rev. Kathleen Sukke.

But around the old home on Plank Road where she was raised, her parents say she'll still be "Kathy."

The 27-year-old seminary graduate will be ordained into the ministry Sunday of the American Lutheran Church. The service will be at 10:30 a.m. before her home congregation in Norwalk's St. Peter Lutheran Church

It will be the first ordination of a woman at St. Peter Church, and probably the first time its been done in Norwalk. Kathy will become only the 24th female cleric in the American Lutheran Church, which has nearly 5,000 congregations across the country, most of them in the Midwest.

On hand for the event will be her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sukke, her husband Dr. Kenneth Engberg (Kathy retains her maiden name), sisters Brenda Brockman of Rochester, N.Y., Marilyn of Cincinnati, and Ardell, a student at Ohio State University.

Winning isn't everything for Flyers

Can a high school coach find happiness and fulfillment without winning?

Will that same coach survive with that philosophy in the shadow of a giant known as high school football.

If you ask Mike Reardon the above questions, his answer will be an emphatic yes.

Reardon, a graduate of Western Kentucky, has taken on the task of literally building from the ground up a cross country program at St. Paul High School.

"You can be a success without winning," Reardon exclaimed about the new program.

In his first year as cross country mentor at St. Paul, Reardon has taken 11 students and molded them in a competitive unit. "I know of one coach who lost everything he ran during his first year," the native of Johnstown, N.Y., said.

That cannot be said for the Flyer harriers as Greg Heit captured the old Fort Invitational with a time of 13:34 as well as finishing first in the Firelands Conference meet this week.

A photo accompanying the article featured squad members Dan Mushett, Heit, Coach Reardon, Mark Smith and Bob Shweizer.

Blocking earns honor for Marett, Shullick

Injuries have a way of bringing out the best in athletes, when one goes down his teammates take up the slack to compensate for the loss.

And a chain of events usually begins to unfurl. An injury to running back Rick Carassco forced Norwalk Coach Bob Hart to insert Steve Waugh into the Trucker backfield.

Each game since the senior running back has responded with a yeoman performance. Last Friday against Bucyrus, Waugh teamed with Erick Kirk for nearly 300 yards on the ground.

While Waugh has become accustomed to his new offensive role, two of his Trucker teammates have also responded to the challenge of blocking for a new running back.

The Reflector Player of the Week goes to two Truckers for their fine performance. Both Cal Shullick and Rich Marett are new to the guard slots this season. And not only have the two had to learn a new offensive position, but they have had to also become acquainted with a new force in the backfield, Steve Waugh.

Area man recovers coon dogs

A rural Monroeville man pursued coon dog thieves Monday night and recovered his two Red Bone dogs valued at $750.

The dogs were stolen from the home of Harold Rew on Peru Center Road. Rew pursued the thieves' vehicle and it ran into a ditch and the thieves took off on foot. Rew recovered his dogs from the vehicle and called the Huron County Sheriff's Department.

The dog theft was the second in a week. On. Oct. 10, two coon dogs valued at more than $10,000 were stolen when the men were participating in the American Coon Hunters Association World Championship hunt here. The sheriff's department recovered the dogs and arrested three rural Attica men on charges of grand theft.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok