ANNUAL EVENT Saxon Club recognizes two members at dinner
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two members of the Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, were singled out for recognition during the annual goulash dinner that took place April 1 at the club.
Honored were William J. Schuller, who was named as the organization's "Man of the Year," and Eleanor Laise, the "Woman of the Year."
Schuller was born Aug. 8, 1931, in New Bedford, Pa., a son of Martin (who was born in Transylvania) and Marie Schuller. He graduated from The Rayen School and joined the U.S. Army. He was a radio operator with the 200th Heavy Motor Company, was also a member of the Rangers and is a Korean War veteran. He retired from General Motors Corp. in 1992.
Schuller joined the Saxon Club, Men's Branch 30, in 1965 and has served as a trustee, librarian and vice president and four years as president. He will be inducted later this year as a 40-year honor member.
He and his wife, Thelma, have been married 25 years and have a daughter and son, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren.
Laise was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of Katherine and Martin Emrich. She graduated from East High School and attended Youngstown State University.
Laise worked for the Burrows Co. in Youngstown and the Zenith Corp., Brach Candy Co. and Sunbeam Co., all in Chicago.
An honor member of Saxon Ladies Branch 22, she is a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She has one son and a granddaughter.
James Mauch, president of the Branch 30, served as chairman and emcee for the event, and presented the award to Schuller. Helen Fotiuk, president of the Branch 22, presented the award to Laise.
Entertainment was provided by members of the Concordia Chorus.
National officers from the Alliance of Transylvania Saxons who attended as special guests were David P. Bokesch, president; Henry Holmes, second vice president; and Sofia Froom, George Raigor, Dr. John Boehm and Peter Karsti, trustees.