Although it has been a few years, some of you may remember Nancy Sauer who played with New Horizons in the flute section. Unfortunately she passed away Friday August 5th, 2022. The obituary is posted below:

February 12, 1941 ~ August 5, 2022 (age 81


Miss Nancy Sauer, age 81, passed away on August 5, 2022 at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center. Nancy was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late William and Pearl Sauer.

Along with her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by a sister, Marilou Sauer.

A graduate of the University of Akron, Nancy pursued a 38-year career as an elementary school teacher, educating thousands of students in the Ellett (Hatton) and Manchester systems. Passionate about teaching, she continued as a reading specialist for 4 more years in the Akron system.

An enthusiastic tennis player, she played and organized leagues over 50 years and counted those women as some of her best friends. An accomplished pianist, she also played the flute in the New Horizons band, making numerous friends through that organization.

Nancy is survived by her brother, William, of Chicago, as well as numerous cousins in the Akron and Columbus areas.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 10 AM to 11 AM at the Hummel Funeral Home, 500 E. Exchange Street, Akron. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 100 E. Waterloo Road, Akron.


Early this morning, Carrie Cunningham’s (clarinet) sister, Barbara Tomsello, passed away after a lengthy illness. Barb was Carrie’s older sister and the last remaining sibling. Barb left behind her husband, Tony, and 2 children, as well as 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Carrie mentioned the family was not planning on a funeral service or calling hours but may at some point arrange a memorial time for family members. .

Although the family realizes she is at peace and no longer struggling, please pray for God’s comfort as they deal with this loss.

If you would like to send Carrie a card her address is: 49 Wynstone Dr., Mogadore, OH 44260. Below is her obituary:

Barbara “Barb” J. (Fisher) Tomsello

September 22, 1946 ~ August 6, 2022 (age 75)


Barbara “Barb” J. Tomsello (nee Fisher), age 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at home with loved ones. Barb resided in Barberton and was born in Portage County, living her entire life in Northeast Ohio. Preceded in death by her parents, Clive and Mareta Fisher, as well as brothers, Kenneth (Lynn) and Ronald (KIA Vietnam). She is also preceded by her first husband, Carl Veppert, the father of her children. Barb is survived by her husband of 31 years, Anthony “Tony” Tomsello; kid sister, Carrie (Jeff) Cunningham; children, Wendy (Dick) Phillips and Brian (Sue) Veppert; grandchildren, Kyle (Adrienne), Kevin (Rachel) and Colin Phillips and Clair and Abby Veppert as well as great-grandson, Cole Phillips, many nieces and nephews, step children, Ryan and Danny Tomsello and special aunt, Mary Lou Silvers. Cremation has taken place with internment at Hillside Memorial Park with a celebration of life in the near future….. while Barb lovingly looks upon us and does her word searches.

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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.

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May 4, 2022
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Akron, Oh 44301

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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


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.


As you may remember, Tim Longfellow’s mom passed away in July. Tim accompanies New Horizons on the piano. He can also be seen jamming on the keyboard at the Houston Pub when the guys are doing their jazz night. But not many of you may know that his dad, Jim Longfellow, would often step in for a song or two and play the drums.

Jim passed away on Monday, so needless to say, this family has seen a lot of loss this year. Below, the obituary will be posted. If you would like to send Tim and Donna a card, they live at: 3272 Cherrywood Street, Norton, OH. 44203.Ji

James F. Longfellow

James F. Longfellow, “Jim”, 86, recently of North Canton, formerly of New Franklin, Ohio, peacefully left this Earth to join his best friend and wife, Mary Jane, on October 11, 2021, at his home at Sanctuary Grande.

Jim was born November 17, 1934, in Barberton, Ohio to the late Charles and Helen Longfellow. He and Mary Jane had been residents of Melody Village for over 60 years.
Jim was a Private First Class of the United States Marine Corp Air Reserve, and a machinist by trade, spending many years at Brubaker Gear & Manufacturing Co., retiring from the Will-Burt Co. in 1996. He was also a musician by heart. He played with the band Nite Life as drummer for many years, which included the long-term gig as house band for Bill Lezo’s Gaslight Room at the Brown Derby in Norton. Some of his favorite memories were playing with his son Tim–early days, when he sat in on keyboards during the summers; and most recently the “house band” for Wolf Creek Players in Norton (Tim forced him out of retirement).
Grandpa Jim never missed a Norton High School band performance while his grandchild Gray marched. He was the mastermind of Team Longfellow during Gray’s years of racing Soap Box Derby. Jim also was quite a wood craftsman. Other great memories were traveling through Europe with Mary Jane in 1985, including Germany to visit his son Mike while he was stationed there; however, the perk was seeing his first grandchild, Phoenix as well. Then just a few years ago, they flew to Seattle and spent time with Mike, Jennifer, Allie, Phoenix, Maddie, and their families. Favorite pastimes/adventures included golfing, bowling, camping, traveling, cards, and casinos with his partner of 62 years, Mary Jane. Family truly was his life, and he supported both his sons and their families, as well as the many nieces and nephews. It was a party at Jim and Mary Jane’s, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Their home was always open for visits and gatherings. Jim enjoyed history and tracking the genealogy of the Longfellow Family. Yes, he is a distant relative of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Jim was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church via St. George’s in Clinton. His deep-rooted faith was ever present and never failed him throughout his life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (this past July); infant daughter, Suzanne Marie; brothers, Carl Longfellow and Clarence Longfellow; sisters Eileen Weaver and Viola Christian. Jim is survived by his children, Michael (Jennifer) Longfellow; and Timothy (Donna) Longfellow; grandchildren, Phoenix (Brandon) Cornwell; Allegra (Jonathon) McFadden; Christopher (Jeweli) Longfellow; Madison (Ryan) Peters; Gray Longfellow; 9 great-grandchildren, Leilani, Hayleigh James, Avalon, Patrick, Hudson, Aryanna, Aiden, Aurora, Alayna; sister-in-law, Joanne Wesley; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime best friends, Bud and Lucy Snow.

Special thank you to Heather Maxwell and all the staff at Sanctuary Grande; Absolute Home Health, especially PT Courtney; and Absolute Hospice, Tara and Tiffany, for their outstanding compassion and care during Jim’s last days. Jim and Mary Jane called Sanctuary Grande their home since October 2020, and we will be forever grateful.

Friends may call at Bacher-Moore Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd., Norton, Ohio on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, October 15, 2021, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Rd., Norton, Ohio. Interment Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Norton Music Boosters, REF The Longfellow Family Scholarship, c/o Norton Music Boosters, PO Box 1335, Norton, OH 44203.


For those of you who were not at rehearsal last week, we wanted to let you know that Jim Adkins’ mother-in-law, Peggy Hubman, passed away last week. There will be a graveside service tomorrow for family, and there will no public calling hours. Per the family’s request, no flowers or donations are needed. If you would like to send a card, you can send it to : Jim and Lynne Adkins, 3333 Mark Ln, Norton, OH. 44203.


A few months ago Ken was diagnosed with a serious illness. We have been hoping and praying for his recovery. Unfortunately he lost his fight yesterday. As a clarinet player Ken has been one of the longest standing members of New Horizons. We are going to miss his quiet sense of humor. If you would like to send a card to his family, please send it to : Loretta Slezak, 3119 Grill Rd, New Franklin, OH 44216.

Kenneth D. Slezak

February 24, 1954 ~ September 17, 2021 (age 67)


Kenneth D. Slezak, 67, went home to be with the Lord on September 17, 2021.  He was born February 24, 1954 in Akron to Andrew and Betty Slezak.  He worked as an electrical engineer for Diebold Nixdorf. For many years, he ministered to young men at Stony Glen Camp through Christian Service Brigade by being a scuba instructor. Ken loved playing music with the Wadsworth Community Band, New Horizons Band, and served in his church choir.  He enjoyed participating in the Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree with his family since 1980.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Slezak.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Loretta; sons, Eric (Nikki) and Ryan(Paula); mother, Betty Slezak; sister, Sue (JeffWilson; grandchildren, Nevaeh and Leslie; and beloved cat, Brina.

Friends may call at Community Church of Portage Lakes, 3260 Cormany Rd., Akron on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, September 24 from 10 to 11 a.m, with the service beginning at 11 a.m., Pastor David Schroyer officiating.  Interment at Hillside Memorial Park. 

In memory of Ken, please consider supporting a camper through the scholarship fund at or mail a check to Ohio Valley CSB, P.O. Box 195, Brookfield, OH 44403.

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September 23, 2021
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Akron, Ohio 44319
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September 24, 2021
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