Joel Edward Adelman, born on May 11, 1937, in Dover, to the late Shirley and Ben Adelman, passed away at age 84 on May 13, 2021, in Beachwood. Joel was surrounded by his loving family. He was the older brother of Marian “Babe” Tolin of Beachwood. He graduated high school in New Philadelphia, where he grew up. He earned his pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University School of Pharmacy, where he was active in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
After college, Joel enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he was assigned to the 350th Hospital Evacuation Unit based in Canton. The unit was called up during the Berlin Wall crisis and ultimately stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky to replace the unit that was sent to Germany. During this time he proposed to the love of his life, Diane Cohen. They were married at Beth Am Congregation in 1961 and called Dover their home.
Joel co-owned with his partner and brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Tolin, of blessed memory, two drugstores. One was located in New Philadelphia and the other in Uhrichsville, Ohio. Soon after their marriage, Joel and Diane started a family and were blessed with three children. In 1971, the family moved to Beachwood and Joel became co-owner of Seaway Leader Drug in downtown Cleveland. He then later became a pharmacist for Revco, CVS and Giant Eagle pharmacy.
A member of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Joel was recognized for a very successful and distinguished career in pharmacy. He was active in and served a term as the president of the Ohio Pharmacist Association. He was also active in the Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy, where he also served a term as president. Joel was a longtime member of the national pharmacy fraternity Alpha Zeta Omega and shared his love of pharmacy with his wife, Diane, who herself graduated from Ohio Northern School of Pharmacy and maintained a distinguished career in pharmacy.
Joel will be remembered for his love of family, baseball, boating on the Great Lakes, captaining “Dad’s Dream,” playing poker and volunteering at UH Ahuja Medical Center, spending many hours volunteering in the hospital emergency room and at the reception desk at Risman Pavilion. He especially treasured summers spent with family at their summer home on Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada, where they enjoyed beaches, bonfires, boating, fishing, reading and relaxing. It was on Pelee that Joel spent his summers growing up and throughout his life was able to create wonderful memories, establish lifelong friendships and pass down his parents’ legacy allowing four generations of the family to connect with each other and with the natural beauty of the island.
Most of all, Joel will be remembered for his love and affection for his wife, Diane and their adventures together, sharing the same profession of pharmacy and love for travel, for helping people and for instilling Jewish values, integrity and honesty in all aspects of life. Joel never sought the spotlight; instead he always put others first and loved helping people, particularly in his various drug stores and pharmacy profession. He loved relaxing and kibbutzing with longtime friends.
He is survived and will always be remembered by his loving wife, Diane; his children, Beth (Paul) Winkeler, Harlin (Laura) Adelman and Ellen (Andrew) Stein; his grandchildren, Sophia Winkeler Oppenheim (Dan), Julia Winkeler McAllister (Koty), Madeline Adelman, Annie Adelman, Olivia Adelman, Ethan Stein and Caitlin Stein; his great-grandson, Arlo Scott Oppenheim; and his loving sister Babe Tolin (Robert, deceased), and numerous other brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Private services were held May 16 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel followed by interment at Bet Olam Cemetery. Fond memories of Joel and expressions of sympathy may be shared at bkbmc.com for the Adelman family. Contributions in memory of Joel can be sent to Ohio Northern University School of Pharmacy, the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund at Shaarey Tikvah or InMotion, a local organization that provides free services to patients with movement disorders.