The Press Newspaper
Five new members will be inducted into the Birmingham Hall of Fame this year at the 34th annual inductee and scholarship banquet on Oct. 17 at St. Stephen School hall in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood.
Tom Amstutz, former head football coach for the University of Toledo Rockets, will be the guest speaker at the event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour at the hall, 2018 Consaul St.
A family-style dinner of chicken paprika and pigs in the blanket will be served at 6 p.m.
Tickets to the event are $20 per person ages 13 and older, $10 ages 6 to 12, and free for children age five and under. Tickets are available at Takacs Grocery & Meats at 419-693-9233 or at the store from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The 2010 Birmingham Hall of Fame inductees include:
Luella Jane (Sendi) Humbarger, of Oregon, inducted as a Distinguished Citizen. Humbarger is an active worker with her husband, Robert, at the annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival. She also is a Sunday school teacher at Calvin United Church, where she is active in the Women’s Church Group, and has devoted many years to the Hungarian community. She attended Birmingham school as a youngster and later graduated from Waite High School, where she as a member of the marching band and a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University, where she was a member of KAPPA Delta sorority.
Humbarger taught school at Oregon Public Schools and was last a teacher at Franklin Elementary School when she retired. A member of Oregon ANS, she and her husband have three children.
Pastor Adrian Frank Sunday, of Buckland, Ohio, Inducted as a Distinguished Citizen. Pastor Sunday has served the congregation at Calvin United Church, a long-standing church prominent in the growth of the Hungarian community, for the past five years and has enjoyed learning the ethnic customs of the community. He has served as a trustee on the Birmingham Development Corp. and has been involved with the Catholic Heart Youth Camp and the Events team. Sunday has also served as the chaplain for the Toledo Fire Department.
A graduate of Wooster High School, he received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from The Ohio State University, a legal assistant certification from the Capitol University Law School, and a masters of divinity through the Methodist Theological School. He and his wife, Becky, have three children.
Steven A. Suto, Posthumous Induction as an Athlete and Business Leader. Suto, who died in 1972, was the owner of several restaurants and clubs, including Suto’s Café, The Ritz Supper Club and the Woods Inn. He was employed by Sun Oil Co. and also worked as a welder for the City of Toledo. He enjoyed spending spare time hunting and fishing in Michigan and Canada.
He was a graduate of Waite High School, where he was a member of the 1934 city championship baseball team that went to the state championships. He also played varsity basketball at Waite. After graduation, he started the Slow Pitch Tavern League that played in Navarre Park. He was a member of his Suto’s Café team, which won two league championships. He had one son, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
James (Jim) Jacob, of Northwood, inducted as an athlete. Jacob, who retired in 2009 from Toledo’s Jeep plant after 21 years, was an excellent golfer and the United Auto Workers’ national golf champion. A member of the Toledo Metro Golf Asociation, he also won the Jeep Open championship twice, was an eight-time UAW Regional Champion, and a six-time champion and a member of the hall of fame at the Chippewa Club, where he tied the course record and had a low score of 63.
A 1976 graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School, he was second man on the golf team and had the low score in the sectional qualifier. He later became an assistant coach at St. Stephens School for two years, teaching boys 7 and 8 years old how to play golf. Jacob and his wife, Mona, have been married for 33 years and they have three children.
David Robert Sendi, of Sylvania, inducted as a Distinguished Citizen. Sendi graduated from Waite High School and the University of Toledo where he received a bachelor of science degree. He worked for Pilkington for 30 years, retiring in 2002.
Sendi, who is married to Carole Sendi, and is the brother of Louis (Dick) Sendi, a well known bowler from the Hungarian community and a member of the Hall of Fame. Sendi has served the Hungarian Community as a member of Calvin United Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher for 25 years, received the 1993 President’s Award and in 1993 received the Galavsee Award.
• Dylan C. Fodor, attending Baldwin Wallace College, Birmingham Hall of Fame Scholarship.
• Elaina T. Kaiser, attending Newport College, Birmingham Ethnic Festival Scholarship.
• Gabriel J. Pinciotti, attending University of Toledo, Slivinski Family Scholarship.
• Rebecca K. Romano, attending Ohio University, Tony Packo’s – Rob Horvath Scholarship.
• Megan E. Scharer, attending the University of Dayton, Fifth Third Bank Scholarship.
• Adam M. Strunk, attending Bowling Green State University, Birmingham Ethnic Festival Scholarship.
• Brianna L. Wlodarz, attending Bluffton College, Birmingham Ethnic Festival Scholarship.
• Kristen L. Zsigray, attending Kettering University, received a scholarship in memory of the late Ephron Asby, established by his Birmingham Buddies.