Louisa Hazen Marks

  • Born: February 14, 1934
  • Died: July 28, 2020
  • Location: Newark, Delaware

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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Louisa Hazen Marks of Newark, DE, age 86, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at home and in the company of her sons. Louisa was born on February 14, 1934 in Connellsville, PA to the late George Custer Hazen and Elizabeth May (Stevens) Hazen.
Louisa was a successful professional musician and a true inspiration to her entire family. She received Bachelor's Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, PA. As a cellist, she was a member of the Louisville Symphony for 3 years and the Florida Symphony in Orlando for 2 years, and was the principal cellist of the Austin Symphony for 5 years. For the majority of her career she was the principal cellist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra for 27 years, and continued playing afterwards. Louisa also was known for her prolific chamber music work as well as other prominent playing in the area, including with Lancaster and Kennett Symphony Orchestras, Opera Delaware, and others. For about 34 years she was a staff member of the Vermont Music & Art Center, and served as a musical director. Most recently, Louisa was a member and ardent supporter of the Newark Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her teaching career, she taught over one hundred cello students. She left an inspiring legacy of the love of classical music.
Louisa faithfully loved and supported her family, friends, and community. She had a great interest in animal welfare and the environment. She loved wildflowers and birds and taking walks in the woods. This was a source of peace for her.
Louisa is survived by her sons: Arthur Stevens Marks (Meredith Lee) of Wilmington, DE, Norman Theodore Marks (Elizabeth Anne) of Elkton, MD; seven grandchildren: Olivia Rachel Marks, Julia Suzanne Marks, Sarah Mae Marks, Jacob Franklin Marks, Rebekah Joy Marks, Anna Grace Marks, Samuel Hazen Marks; nephew, Daniel Shelkrot (Jimmy). In addition to her parents, Louisa is preceded in death by her husband, Claude H. Marks and sister, Janet Stevens Hazen.
A celebration of Louisa's life will be held on a date yet to be determined at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home 122 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "The Newark Symphony Orchestra" and can be sent in care of the funeral home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Louisa was my friend and colleague for the 27 years that she was Principal Cellist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and continued to be my friend after we each retired from the orchestra. It was an honor and a joy to be her stand partner. I learned so much from her, both musically and personally. Our cello section could always count on Louisa to be well prepared, steady, clear, and musical. Louisa's kindness, compassion, and sense of humor were a gift to all who knew her. I am deeply grateful that Louisa was an important part of my life.

Posted by Karen Ahramjian - Friend   October 16, 2020

I became acquainted with Louisa thru the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark and enjoyed looking for her on stage whenever my husband and I went to Delaware Symphony performances. Also had the pleasure of listening to her music at the Fellowship several times. My sympathies to her family on their loss.

Posted by Diana Guinnup - Friend   August 20, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Lousia's family. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. I always enjoyed her visits to the shop and her stories and helpful tips on cello playing.

Posted by Teal Wintsch - Friend   August 08, 2020

Louisa Marks was my first private cello teacher, and she had a profound impact on my life. I will always be grateful for not only everything she taught me, but especially for her kindness and patience. My condolences to all of her family.

Posted by Brandy Taylor - Mountain Grove, MO   August 04, 2020

A wonderful musician an inspiring human being, whose good humor, wit, joy of living enriched our lives with a contagious energy. We will treasure the beautiful memories and miss her a lot.

Posted by Simeone and Alessandra Tartaglione - Gaithersburg, MD - Friend   August 03, 2020

I will miss Louisa's kind, gentle spirit. May God hold you close and grant you peace during this difficult time. Crystal Norman

Posted by Crystal Norman - Wilmington, DE - Friend   August 03, 2020

I am sure Louisa leaves a huge hole in the family. My heart goes out to you all, as well as my prayers. She was a lovely and impressive person in so many ways. She was a generous musician - she shared her talent, and always tried to support all of us. I always felt more competent whenever I played with her, just because, to me, she marked a high standard of musicianship. So to share a stage really meant something. We will all miss her.

Posted by Mikki Senn - Chesapeake City, MD - Acquaintance   August 03, 2020

My condolences to all of Louisa's family. What a loss! I had the pleasure of playing with Louisa in the Newark Symphony Orchestra. She was an incredible musician and friend to all of us. I looked up to her so much. She played beautifully! I was never so excited as the time she asked me to come over to her house and read through the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with her and some friends. She was such a great player and so humble. I'll never forget what an incredible job she did playing The Swan solo when we played The Carnival of the Animals in a children's concert. She brought me to tears. In one of the rehearsals a young violinist stood up and spoke emotionally about how Louisa had been one of the reasons why the she chose music as a career and how touched she was to be playing with her on stage in this concert. I think we all felt that way. She made us all play better because we had to rise to her level. She made us a better orchestra! She was always saying positive and encouraging things to me about my playing. I consider her a mentor and a friend. She talked enthusiastically about her summers at the Vermont Music & Arts Center. Above all, she loved her family. She was so proud of all her children and grandchildren. She will be missed deeply. Things will never be the same without her. I will always remember her carrying that cello that was bigger than her into the school and admiring her presence and thinking I dare not play less than my very best to keep up with her. She will never be forgotten.❤

Posted by Michelle Webb - Clayton, DE - Friend   August 03, 2020

My sincere condolences to Louisa's family I am so sorry for your loss. She was ever present in our lives thru music: concerts in which she performed and which she attended, the trio workshops, VMAC. Enjoyed her performances, enjoyed her coaching, and her warm personality. Wishing you all peace and health,
Iris L. Gonzalez

Posted by Iris L. Gonzalez - Hockessin, DE - Friend   August 02, 2020

May my prayers go out to all of you.

Posted by Maryann Terpenning - Newark, DE - Friend   August 02, 2020

I was privileged to know and work with Louisa. She was such a proficient and thoughtful cellist, a kind and delightful person to know! She served a term of time as Artistic Director of our beloved VMAC, and sadly another beloved person sorely missed --l'll never forget how beautifully she played the Dvorak Cello Concerto some years ago and how justifiably proud she was of her talented sons and her grandchildren , including Julia ,who will carry on the fine cello tradition with Louisa's cello.

Posted by Gael Abbasi - Phoenixville, PA - coworker   August 02, 2020

I had a brief stint in the cello section in Newark Symphony in the 1980s. I didn't know Louisa well, but I was always impressed by her playing skills. I also saw her in stage several times from the audience. I know she will be greatly missed by the local musical community. My sympathy to her family.

Posted by Bill Boyd - DE - Friend   August 02, 2020

My sympathies to Louisa's children and grandchildren. I met Louisa many years ago at the Vermont Music and Arts Center, and so enjoyed her coaching, playing, and conversation that I decided to commute from Philadelphia to Newark during the rest of the year to study with her during. We became friends, and her warm humor and honesty became a sustaining part of my life. I will miss her.
Judith Ahrens
Friend and Student

Posted by Judith Ahrens - Friend   August 01, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stomberg - Friend   August 01, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Arthur, Norm, and all of Louisa’s grandchildren. I am honored to have worked with her for many years in symphony orchestras. She was a pleasure to be around, and her artistry will be long remembered and much appreciated.
I know how proud Louisa was of her kids and grandkids, and I saw how much joy it brought her to share the stage with them. Her musical legacy will continue through all of those she inspired.

Posted by Brian Cox - Friend   August 01, 2020

I worked for the DSO and was privileged to know Louisa. My sympathies to her family.

Posted by Jane Martin - Wilmington, DE - Friend   July 31, 2020

Deepest condolences to all of Louisa's family. She was an excellent musician and so very kind, generous and inspiring as a colleague. May you be comforted in knowing how many good memories she created for so many people.

Posted by Carolyn Ellman - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   July 31, 2020

Louisa was a kind and wonderful colleague. She had a good way with leading the cello section of the Delaware Symphony and a fun stand partner. I will always remember her for her wit and sense of humor.

Posted by Mark Ward    July 31, 2020

Louisa would come to Copeland String Quartet concerts faithfully, giving support and welcome input. The picture was taken in July '87, at the end of the Delaware Symphony's tour of Portugal.

Posted by Thomas Jackson - Upper Darby, PA - Friend   July 31, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Louisa's family. I had the honor and pleasure of playing with Louisa for many years, and she was an inspiration in her beautiful playing and her calm leadership. I loved sharing meals with her and talking with her about cello, books and her grandchildren. She will be much missed.

Posted by Cheryl Everill - Collingswood, NJ - Friend   July 31, 2020

We are deeply sorry for your great loss. Louisa was always so kind to us and our girls when our lives would be intertwined with musical events. Praying for all who loved her. May you know God's nearness at this time.

Posted by The DiGiacomo Family - Wilmington, DE - Family Friend   July 31, 2020

Louisa's music touched my heart. She was certainly a gift to her community and to her friends and family.

Posted by Marcia Halio - Newark, DE - Friend   July 31, 2020


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