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Orlene Marks Shimberg

Jul 9, 2019

Orlene Marks Shimberg died peacefully at her home in Ohio on July 4, 2019, surrounded by her family. Born to Frederic F. and Helen Koenig Marks, on December 27, 1939, she grew up in Great Neck, NY, and embraced her communities in Columbus and Sanibel, FL. Orlene graduated from American University and taught in Washington, DC, the New York City area, and in Columbus, OH.

Orlene’s husband of 57 years, Steve, and her children, Rabbi Jessica Shimberg and Ken and Betsy Shimberg, remain to lift her memory. She was a loving “GramO” to Ian and Joshua Lind and Naomi and Daniel Shimberg. She is survived by her sister, Zara Marks Abel, two nephews and their families.

Orlene was a dedicated member of Kehilat Sukkat Shalom (formerly the Little Minyan) and also a member of Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sanibel. In her retirement, Orlene worked tirelessly to empower women and girls and prevent human trafficking through her leadership of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva. She was also a volunteer with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Chamber of Commerce and Big Arts, and was recognized as Sanibel Citizen of the Year in 2018 by the Chamber.

We will miss her broad smile, fierce devotion to those she loved, immense energy, keen appreciation of beauty and truth, and delight in the “little things.” In her memory, we ask that you go for a long walk on the beach, save one last sip of red wine to go with your chocolate dessert, and take time to rid your gardens of invasive species.

Orlene requested that donations in her honor be made to Kehilat Sukkat Shalom Columbus (Ohio) or Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida.