Many of you may remember Enid as a long time percussion and clarinet player for New Horizons. She was one of the earliest to join New Horizons. You can see from her obituary that she definitely had a passion for music.

The family has asked that any donations in her memory be directed to New Horizons of Stark and Summit Counties. Unfortunately, the address is wrong in the obituary so make sure it is sent to: PO Box 5394, Fairlaw, OH 44334.

Enid L Russell

September 20, 1951 ~ April 27, 2022 (age 70)


Enid L. Russell, 70, of Akron went home to be with the Lord, April 27, 2022. She was born September 20, 1951 in Akron, Ohio to the late Robert and Janet (nee Russell) Russell.

She retired early from the City of Akron Sanitation Department to return to the University of Akron College of Engineering where she got a degree in Mapping and Surveying, something she was very proud of. Before that, she earned a Business Degree. She was a graduate of Kenmore High School class of 1969 where she was a member of the marching band all throughout high school. She attended the University of Akron and played in the marching band there as well. Enid later marched in the University of Akron Alumni marching band and the New Horizon Band of Summit and Stark County which she participated in for thirteen years. 

She was an avid follower of all sports. She played on several softball teams as a catcher and later coached the sport as well. Enid was also well known in the Akron area for her skill at bowling. She bowled her entire life and competed on a travel team as a senior bowler. Enid also enjoyed dancing as she danced for many years at the Etta Mae Dance Studio in Kenmore as part of the Senior Line.

The absolute joy of her life in addition to her sports was being around all her wonderful nieces and nephews from the time they were born.

Enid loved everyone and everyone loved her. She knew no strangers. She had a laugh that would light up a room and loved being like a mother to Logan and Skylar.

Preceded in death by her parents; sister, Anita Nolan. She is survived by her companion of twenty eight years, Carol Miller; sister, Claire Russell (Selma White); brother, Dale (Midge) Russell; nephews, Craig Bittner, Brian Russell, Robert Russell, Jeffrey (Crista) Miller and Michael J. Miller; nieces, Jenny Long, Sandra (Jason) Bartley and Linda (David) Tschappat; great nephews, Skylar Bittner, Logan Bittner, Coen Bartley, Ethan Miller, Jacob Miller, Shane Tschappat, Xavier Russell, Gavin Russell, Maverick Russell and Henry Russell; great nieces, Michaela Russell, Katrina Russell, Zandra Long, LilyAnn Bartley, Ravenna Bartley, Emilee Miller, Taylor Tschappat, Makenzie Miller and Allyson Miller; beloved dog, Timmy

A Memorial Service will be held 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Firestone Park United Methodist Church, 250 N. Firestone Blvd, Akron, Ohio 44301 with Pastor Sam Martin officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service time. For those that wish, in lieu of flowers memorial donations in Enid’s name can be made to the New Horizons Band of Summit and Stark County, 739 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Enid L Russell, please visit our floral store.



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Akron, Oh 44301

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The good news is…we have found a place to store our extra equipment. I’m sure the board will share more about that later. The bad news is… we do not have a vehicle to transport our equipment to and from performances. This has kept Jim from scheduling performances.

So, is there any member who has access to a van or truck that New Horizons could use? If it is a truck, it would need to have a cover to protect the equipment. If anyone has any ideas, please contact Jim Adkins at (330)858-2045.

Keep your eyes and ears open everyone!


First of all, I would just like to thank anyone who took the time out to pray for my sister-in-law, Dianne. I’m a firm believer in prayer … even when the answer is “no”. She passed away 2 days ago, and I’m relieved that her exhaustion and struggling has ended. We are a family of believers so I know she is with Jesus.

Secondly, I’ve been reflecting on so many situations that I’ve seen fellow members in: the member that comes to play his or her instrument while their spouse or partner is sick or even in hospice, the member that finds out a family member died that day but still comes to practice, the member that may be struggling with cancer themselves, or maybe they’re having a physical problem that just makes it hard to play. The list goes on and on. We come to practice for a lot of reasons. We want to play, we want to learn, we want to somehow sound better as an individual and as a group. But often showing up is more than that. It may be just being around a lot of people because you are alone most of the time. It may be escaping temporarily all the things going wrong – sometimes practice is just a piece of normalcy.

I know for myself that I’m so focused on getting things right that I’m not sensitive to others. After all, most of us come to practice and no one is aware of what is going on. So, I’m going to throw out to us as members and teachers (and mostly myself) something to work on. To not get so frustrated with the little things. I’m going to make a concerted effort to give people a break(even myself a break). We don’t have to sound perfect, although it’s always good to try. I mean, that’s technically the goal. But sometimes there are more important things in life.


My sister-in-law, Dianne Kelly, has been hospitalized twice recently. It all began with COVID and pneumonia. She has now been in the hospital for a second time for around 3 weeks. It has seemed like every other day has been better and then the next, worse. Thursday night they finally put her on a ventilator to give her body rest and healing. Improvement is not happening. Her kidneys and liver are starting to shut down. And it goes without saying that her lungs are in bad shape.

I would just appreciate your prayers regarding this situation. This has been extremely stressful for my brother ,Larry, and their kids and grandkids. At the same time they have a lot of faith and realize that this is in God’s hands. Gratefully, he has been allowed to visit her on a regular basis.

I personally appreciate anyone taking the time out to pray for this piece of my family.

Marilyn Katzmark (violin)


Patricia L. Ream, wife of Roger Ream (tuba), passed away unexpectedly December 31, 2021. In talking to Roger it became apparent that Pat was a very competent perseverant woman that paved the way for other women in an all male atmosphere in her department at First Energy. You can’t help but admire the woman. Please pray for Roger and her family during this difficult time. She has been cremated and there will not be any calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to : Summit County Humane Society, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44387. If you would like to send Roger a card, his address is: 224 Hollywood Ave, Akron, OH. 44313.

September 21, 1944 – December 31, 2021


Patricia L. Ream died suddenly at home on Friday, December 31, 2021. She was born September 21, 1944 at Akron City Hospital. Her parents were Ruth B. and Francis A. McGinness. She was educated in the Akron Public Schools, graduating from Buchtel High School in 1961. She attended Kent State and then worked at Ohio Edison. She worked in the office until transferring to Meter Reading. She later transferred to Sub-station Maintenance, becoming the first female in the department. She retired from First Energy in 2004. Pat married Roger F. Ream in Ellicotville, New York and enjoyed years of skiing in New York State and sailboat racing on Turkeyfoot Lake. She traveled in the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and an excursion to Antarctica. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, John McGinness in Arizona, and sister, Gloria Eckhart in Akron. She leaves her husband, Roger Ream; her nephew, Paul Sandels (Lauri); her niece, Glory Cottrell (Tim) and sister, Phyliss Bartling. The family would like to thank the Akron Emergency Medical Service for their rapid and excellent care. Cremation has taken place. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Summit County Humane Society, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44387.

Published in the Akron Beacon Journal, January 10, 2022


Kathryn Weaver (violin) has a relative that is related to Lynette. She is requesting prayers for healing. At only 39 years old Lynnette has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. She lives in Barberton and has 4 children between the ages of 8 and 12. She is depending on her faith to get her through this and the family would appreciate all of our prayers.


I’m afraid the string section has suffered another loss. Barb Sabett’s (cello) husband, Dave, was recently placed in hospice. On November 19th, Dave lost his fight with prostate cancer. Although an official obituary won’t be online at the funeral home until Wednesday, I wanted to make sure people knew that calling hours will be 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Friday Dec. 3rd at Hilliard-Rospert funeral home in Wadsworth. The actual funeral will be Saturday December 4th at 11am. For those that want to send condolences, Barb’s address is: 461 Mcentee Dr., Wadsworth, OH 44281.

Below is Dave’s official obituary:

DavidA.SabettWadsworth, OH

David A. Sabett, 74, of Wadsworth passed away Friday, November 19, 2021. He was born April 23, 1947 in Akron, OH to the late Elizabeth and Alphonso J. Sabett.

Dave was a dedicated and loving family man. He was a 1965 graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and attended the University of Akron. An avid golfer, he was a member of Hoban’s golf team and played every Sunday with his dad, Al, and their traveling group. In retirement he especially enjoyed his morning men’s league at Spring Hills G.C. and couples golf with friends. He was a sports car enthusiast, having owned a Jaguar XKE, MGBs and a Datson 280Z. His last sports car was a bright yellow Ford Mustang convertible, his favorite color.

Dave’s work began in the travel industry, as he was a great support to his father’s business, Mayflower Travel. Mayflower also sold tickets to various entertainment venues, which led to his employment at admissions offices including Blossom Music Center, Akron Civic Theater and Northfield Race Track. He eventually found his calling in outside sales and account management, retiring in 2012.

Dave is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara (nee Thomas); daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Lynn and David Todd Kollert, Wadsworth, OH; granddaughter, Pvt. Kelsi Lynn Kollert, USMC, Camp Geiger, N.C.; sisters, Laura (Al) Jenkins, Orangevale, CA, Janice (Tony) Parent, Starksboro, VT; and brother, James (Monique) Sabett, Tucson, AZ; and Barbara’s siblings, Lawrence (Katie) Thomas, Norton, OH, Donna Mullins, Tallmadge, OH, Janet (David) Sattler, Akron, OH and Beth, (Thomas) McAlonan, Uniontown, OH. He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Rick Mullins; nephew-in-law, Don VanBuskirk; and dear grandson and best buddy, Joshua Lyons, who honored him with a folder of his poems, “…dedicated to my grandfather who is always willing to help”.

The family honors and thanks Drs. Teresa Goebel, Oscar Streeter, and Pramila Parajuli and Summa Homecare and Barberton Hospital hospice nurses for their exceptional care of David.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. December 3, 2021 at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St. Wadsworth, where a memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021 with Pastor Adam Marquette officiating.  Facial coverings will be required at all services.



Tom Becze was the significant other of Theresa Heaton from the violin section. Tom passed away Saturday November 13th from lung cancer. There will be no funeral arrangements other than he will be cremated and his ashes will be taken to several of his favorite places. This seems very fitting considering he was an adventurous soul whose work took him all over the world. Please keep Theresa and his family in your prayers as they go through the grieving process.

Below is Tom’s obituary:

Thomas David Becze

Born: 06/10/1948 Passed: 

Thomas David Becze, age 73 of Akron, Ohio, passed away peacefully, November 13, 2021, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. He was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania and was the son of the late William and Ethel Becze.  Tom was a 1966 graduate of West Mifflin North High School where he sang in many school musicals. He graduated from Bethany College in 1970 where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. While at Bethany his musical and artistic talents were evident in the one-man art show he produced, as well as the musical productions he participated in. His junior year, he studied at Wroxton College in England and created two authentic brass rubbings of a 15th century English knight and lady, which today are collector’s items.

Tom adored Bernese Mountain dogs and was the proud owner of at least four of them over the years. He loved Hungarian food and was immensely proud of his Hungarian heritage. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan and wore his Steeler Polamalu jersey with great pride. He sang with the Bucks County Choral Society and other regional choirs in the various towns in which he lived.

He was the president and founder of Princeton Regulatory Associates, where he specialized in market pharmaceutical consulting services domestically and globally. He was proud of his 30+ years in consulting and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs.

Tom is survived by his beloved partner, Theresa Heaton; his two sons, Christopher (Elizabeth) Becze and Bryan (Kristin Dittmer) Becze of Colorado; three grandchildren, Savannah, Sophia and Sebastian Becze; brothers, Steve (Mary Ellen) Becze and William (Cathy) Becze; sister, Suzie (Alan) Alesius; four nieces and two nephews.

There will be no services, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be taken to several of his favorite places. This seems very fitting considering he was an adventurous soul, whose work took him all over the world. If you wish to send condolences, please direct them to Theresa Heaton, 1331 Village Dr., Akron, OH 44313.Print


We recently were asked to pray for Kathryn Weaver’s (violin) father-in-law, Jack Weaver, who was struggling with cancer. His fight ended Friday November 12th. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time, but he will be buried at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Rittman. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.


Kathryn Weaver’s (violin) father-in-law, John (Jack) Weaver, has been maintaining with leukemia for some time. Unfortunately he has developed some new symptoms that indicate his health is spiraling downhill fast. He is unable to eat and his kidneys are shutting down. It is his desire to stay home, so even though hospice will be involved , Kathryn and her husband Bob will be at the house providing much of his care. Kathryn is going to try to make it to the Harvest Home dinner tonight but that may be the last time we see her with New Horizons for awhile. Please pray for strength for Kathryn and Bob and any other family members involved. And more importantly, pray for Jack’s comfort and peace.