Barbara Williams arranged a very special 70th birthday party at Theater 42 in Lebanon for her husband Mark on July 27. (His birthday was on July 26.)
The Mason Community Players arranged a private performance of “Mamma Mia” especially for Mark, produced by friend Matt Lisa. Matt’s wife, Jennifer, starred in the play and their three children all participated in the production. There was an afternoon pizza lunch and birthday cake at intermission.
Barb wanted to find a way to celebrate Mark’s birthday in a way he could enjoy. He has been battling a degenerative brain disease and dementia for 10 years. Mark always enjoys going to the Mason Community plays, especially musicals. Mark can still interact by trying to sing along. Guests also participated with the players, singing and dancing with Mark.
The guest list included family and friends who have supported them through this long journey. Many came to the hospital when Mark was an inpatient, visited them at home, or invited them out, enabling Mark to maintain the social life he loves.
Family from across the country also joined them. Their son Brandon with his wife Jen, and Mark and Barb’s grandchildren, Zuri and Zachary, came from California. Their other son Seth and wife Kari, who live in Cincinnati, also celebrated along with grandchildren Laila and their new baby Kellan. Mark’s sister Rita Beck flew in from Las Vegas. Mark’s cousins came in from Kent, Canton, and Columbus, Ohio. Barb’s sister and brother-in-law Renee and Brad Lemberg joined in along with their son Jayson Lemberg from New York, and their daughter Shawna Rosner with their two sons from Cleveland.
On Oct. 5, Barb will be leading a team in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and related dementias at Sawyer Point. Her coworkers at Standard Textile, family, and friends will be walking with her. This is the third year leading a team in the walk.
Janyce Katz was honored with the prestigious Hadassah Miriam’s Cup Award in August at Congregation Agudas Achim in Bexley, Ohio. She is a Cincinnati native, the daughter of the late Louis and Ida Katz of Cincinnati, and has been married to Mark Glazman for more than 27 years.
Katz graduated from the Cincinnati College of Law. Before she became a lawyer, she was a journalist, working as an announcer, producer, writer and substitute anchor for WGUC, as well as writing/producing and announcing quite a few pieces for the Cincinnati public television station WCET. As an attorney, she served as an Ohio assistant attorney general, over the years representing the Ohio Department of Taxation, and the Administrative Law Section, where, after working with many agencies, she was assigned full time to the Board of Cosmetology.
She has been the director of public information and public affairs at the National Women’s Political Caucus in Washington and the manager of
communications at the American Association of Women College Instructors. She taught at the University of Cincinnati and Capital University. She has been a volunteer board member for many organizations and has served as committee chair and/or an officer in organizations such as Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, National Council of Jewish Women, League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and the synagogues or their women’s groups in which she has been a member. Janyce was on the Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education for six years and was acting treasurer the last two years. She provided free legal help the entire time.
The event featured violinist Arkadiy Gips and an appetizer and dessert buffet. Janyce’s longtime friend Sandy Stern came from Cincinnati as well as did others including Toni Heldman, Dr. Bruce and BG Younger, Penny Manes, Ellen Fettner, and former judge Carol McIllwain. Janyce’s aunt, Annabelle (Schreiber) Jaffe, formerly of Cincinnati, came from Silver Springs, Maryland to see her niece honored and her cousin, Dr. Esther Hess Samson was in from Los Angeles.
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