About Silver Linings

“Silver Linings,” a feature about life after retirement. If you are a retiree with an interesting story about your new life or know of someone who fits the bill, email your suggestion to editorial@cjn.org and include “Silver Linings” in the subject line or tweet us at @CleveJN.

One might categorize Sandra “Sandi” Fried as a career volunteer. Even as she worked in geriatrics and as a dialysis and renal social worker, Fried was out in the community doing what she could when she had the time.

Following her career as a hospital pharmacist, Sonya Shultz found she had a lot of extra time. Though she also volunteered while working, she never had as much time to give back to her community.

Even during his career as a compliance auditor for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Jack Fogel always had an interest in getting involved in his community. Now in his 10th year of retirement, that attraction is even more evident.

Married for 52 years, Alan and Ellen Klein are used to seeing a lot of each other and do many activities together. Their love for volunteering is no different – the couple gives back to their community as a pair, along with having individual activities too.

Working with school-age children her entire career, both as a teacher and at Camp Wise, Cathy Becker always loved imparting knowledge. Now in retirement, she finds herself still teaching others. Her activities include the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland…

A retired federal employee, Marilyn Kapucinski’s daily life is still pretty full. Whether she is indulging in hobbies or giving her time to organizations like B’nai B’rith, Kapucinski rarely has a dull moment.

Sydelle Zinn had a busy working life, serving as a medical technologist in clinical and research labs, and later switching to administrative work as a budget analyst for the National Cancer Institute. While working there, she met her husband and moved to New Orleans when he accepted a positi…

Growing up in Cleveland and as a longtime member of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Mark Schloss knew upon retirement he wanted to give back in some meaningful way to his religious home.

Following a 20-year career as a high school librarian at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility, John Siff was feeling a bit disconnected and discouraged by the younger generation. He wasn’t sure how he’d spend his retirement following the mentally demanding position, but he wasn’…

Working as a lawyer, Sheldon “Shelly” Hartman couldn’t picture how he’d spend his retirement. He always knew he wanted to retire, but the idea of not having a packed schedule perplexed him.

Growing up, Muriel Weber wasn’t exposed to heavy community involvement. Born to Holocaust survivors, her parents kept to themselves and did what they could, but it wasn’t until she was a young woman that Weber got the volunteering bug.

For many years, Adrienne Yelsky loved working. She taught many subjects, including “Lessons of the Holocaust,” a course created by Leatrice Rabinsky, at Cleveland Heights High School.