They may be gone, but they are not forgotten. The passing of Scuffy Gross and Dennis Sadilek last year left a void not only with their families but their many friends. The two longtime Riverside residents left many memories of their devotion to the town that will long be remembered.
The two shared many things. Both were named Riverside Person of the Year, a distinction awarded yearly by a committee formerly comprised of the Chamber of Commerce and the Riverside Township Lions Club, and now by a selection committee from the Lions Club.
Both men were active members of the Riverside Presbyterian Church and both were members of the Lions Club. Each had served a term as president of the organization and as directors when their terms were completed.
Even as health problems made it difficult, the two men made every effort to attend meetings even when the weather was not the best.
Dennis Sadilek served as a Riverside village trustee, earning the respect of all who served with him and his constituents. And, of course, Scuffy Gross was the Riverside Township assessor for 40 years looking out over the village’s downtown from his third-floor office at the Riverside Township Hall.
On May 20, the Riverside Township Lions Club will dedicate a plaque in their honor on a bench in Centennial Park. A committee from the organization, including Diane Ceragioli, Mary Rob Clark and Lew Heine, has arranged for a plaque to be placed on a bench in Centennial Park in the center of Riverside. There is a separate plaque for each man.
The dedication is planned for May 20 at 10 a.m. Among those planning to attend are family members of the Sadilek and Gross families. Members of the Lions Club will be present and refreshments will be served afterwards. Lions Club President Alex Gallegos will preside over the dedication.