Terry and Gwen have been members of Advent since September, 1982. Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Gwen earned her undergraduate degree at Heidelburg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and her masters at Bowling Green. Terry was a local lad who attended St. Ed’s in Cleveland and then Ohio State.
They met at the Geauga County Fair (at an outing arranged by Terry’s brother), and were married at Advent in November 1982.
Terry was employed for 36 years at the IT department of Dominion Energy (and its many entities) and Gwen by Solon Schools, where she thrived teaching music and helping with the many high quality musical programs there. Advent was blessed to have Gwen as organist and choir director for many years. She started both an adult and youth bell choir and really challenged us.
Terry and Gwen’s son Jonathon was a constant presence at Advent too, and very very active in musical programs at Solon H.S. After graduation from there, he graduated from the University of Dayton and now works in Buffalo NY as a sport reporter for Spectrum News. He is engaged to Heather Prusak from Buffalo, with plans to marry July 3, 2021.
Terry works part time at Miles Market but manages to find time for golf and singing barbershop with the Men of Independence. He is a committed helper for H3O’s furniture ministry. He has served on Advent’s council, including as its President, and in various boards. Gwen has retired from Solon, but loves accompanying musicals, teaching piano, exercise, and her God-children. She confessed to this reporter that she absolutely adores Galen and Donna’s three grandchildren.
Answering the question “What does Advent mean to you?” Terry and Gwen agree: “Our best friends are from Advent.”
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