Orlene Marks Shimberg died peacefully at her home on July 4, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Born to Frederic F. and Helen Koenig Marks on Dec. 27, 1939, she grew up in Great Neck, N.Y., and embraced her communities in Columbus and Sanibel, Fla.

Orlene graduated from American University and taught in Washington, D.C., the New York City area and at the Wellington School. Orlene leaves her husband of 57 years, Steve, and her children, Rabbi Jessica Shimberg and Ken and Betsy Shimberg (Providence, R.I.). 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, as well as her devoted friend, Violet Wozniak.

Orlene was a dedicated member of Kehilat Sukkat Shalom (formerly the Little Minyan Kehilah) and participated in numerous volunteer activities in Columbus and Sanibel.

In her retirement, Orlene worked tirelessly to prevent human trafficking through her leadership of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva.

Vivacious, confident, fiercely determined and direct, Orlene embraced life with limitless energy and a keen interest in each person she met. We will miss her broad smile, fierce devotion to those she loved, appreciation of beauty and truth, and delight in the “little things.”

Kehilat Sukkat Shalom celebrated her life July 7 at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus, with a graveside service following at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed from 5 to 9 p.m. July 7 and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 8 and July 9 at the Shimberg residence, and will continue at Rabbi Jessica Shimberg's residence from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 10 and 11, and from 3 to 4 p.m. July 12.

Orlene requested that donations in her honor be made to Kehilat Sukkat Shalom (sukkatshalomcolumbus.org) or the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida (zontasancap.com).

Online guestbook at epsteinmemorial.com.