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.

When Dave Sheinbart retired in 2013, he found himself waking up every morning wondering how to fill his newfound free time. Seven years later, he has found community initiatives to fill his time.

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After retiring in 1995, Denise Butvin found she had a lot of time on her hands. Going from a busy schedule as a pharmacy tech at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, she realized she needed to find something else to fill her days.

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Working as a medical technologist, Natalie Skall found herself pulled in many directions – filling in where she was needed. All of the time she spent at the office left her little time to do anything after work. She held many roles at several hospitals and labs, and at one hospital, she was …

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Referring to herself as an active person, Susan Wyman said she’s always had a busy schedule – retired or not. Now two years into her retirement, she has no plans to slow down once the pandemic allows her to return to her volunteer endeavors.

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Living at the center of a family consisting of three children, two dogs and a husband, Sheila Levine worked for years helping to provide for her family. She rarely had time for herself or to give back to her community in ways that mattered to her.

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…