Meet A Member

Meet the Dennings

Bob and Kathy Denning joined the LifeWorks Family in August 2011 after reading an article in the newspaper about our programs and various activities. Bob and Kathy are active participants of the Walking Program, also known as the Breakfast Bunch. They faithfully come to the Center daily to walk and socialize with friends old and new.

It didn’t take us long to discover that Kathy had a hidden talent in making beautiful Beach Glass jewelry and accessories. Kathy began working with Beach glass as a therapeutic activity after she was diagnosed with tremors. Bob and Kathy use a team approach, he finds the beach glass and she does the drilling, cleaning and assembling of the pieces. Kathy has her own side business: Beach Glass by Cass” .

Bob and Kathy began their journey as high school sweethearts but after High School they went in different directions, marrying other people.  Years later, after Kathy’s first husband passed away and Bob had been divorced, fate brought them back together when they were reunited at a Benefit Dance held at the National Guard Armory. Shortly after, Bob asked Kathy’s hand in marriage…and the rest, as they say, is history. Bob and Kathy have been married for 22 years. Together they have 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 

Kathy worked for St. Vincent’s for 10 years and Bob retired from GE after 35 years. Bob enjoys collecting movies; currently he has over 500 DVD’s. He also enjoys burning CD’s for family and friends of music that they enjoy at no charge to them. 

They both love music from the 50’s and 60’s and enjoy dancing. Truth be told, they have won many dance contests for their jitterbug moves on the floor. We wish Kathy and Bob many more years of health and prosperity.

Meet Dan Zimmer

Dan Zimmer joined LifeWorks Erie in October 2010. He began coming to the Center after his brother, Don, brought him a membership form. Dan is retired from the Millcreek School District where he worked for 36 years as custodian. He graduated from St. Peters Cathedral grade school and attended Strong Vincent High School. After High School, Dan joined the Air Force and served four years, two in Vietnam.

He is the youngest of five siblings. His mother, Betty,  also attends the Center. Family is at the top of his priority list, and he is always proudly posting great family gathering pictures on Facebook. In fact, Dan has been appointed as his family’s official historian.

Dan enjoys Bingo and taking pictures and is always up to date with all the latest electronic gadgets. Whenever Dan comes to the center, we always have fun playing with his iphone and checking out all the coolest apps. On many occasions, you can walk by his table and hear delightful music he has downloaded onto his iphone for the enjoyment of all.

Dan is truly a “people person,” he says that the best part about coming to LifeWorks is the Food and Friends.

Meet the Zboyovskis

Mike and Linda Zboyovski are graduates of McDowell High School Class of 1964 and 1965 respectively. Even though they went to the same school their paths never crossed. It wasn’t until later in life that they were introduced through Linda’s sister Susie who worked for Mike at American Sterilizer (AMSCO). Mike worked as a printing pressman at AMSCO and later on became the supervisor of the plant printing operation. At that time, Linda’s daughter and Mike’s two older children were in high school and his youngest child was in grade school. Mike and Linda dated and then in 1984 they married. Mike says it has been nothing but a great adventure since that time. Mike was able to teach Linda some of the various aspects of the trade in his spare time, not knowing that down the line she would work in a commercial print shop. In 1988 a job opening at AMSCO fit the list of Linda’s qualifications and she was hired. Mike had moved on to technical support customer service in a different department but they were in the same building working the same hours for the past 12 years. In 2011 Mike and Linda both semi-retired from AMSCO/Steris when jobs moved to Mentor Ohio.    

Since their retirement Mike and Linda have enjoyed spending time together. They have a total of four children; two girls and two boys, who are now adults. They are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 23 years old.

Mike is a professional drum player, and plays in a local band, Hired Hitmen, that play songs from the  60’s through the 80’s and he plays the drums weekly at their church, Christian Assembly. Linda is his roadie helping set up, load and un-load equipment and as a bonus she also cleans his drums. Mike and Linda both love vigorous exercising often times right after a delicious lunch at LifeWorks!  

Linda enjoys crossword puzzles, free cell, crocheting and doing seamstress work on either her old treadle or modern sewing machine. Keep your eyes peeled because you will probably see this cool and hip couple cruising down the open road in their brand new Honda Goldwing Trike motorcycle. Both Mike and Linda have their license to operate a motorcycle. They also like golfing, although Mike joking says that Linda doesn’t always play by the rules, apparently teeing up the ball again on the fairway is frowned upon in Mike’s rule book.   

Some words of wisdom from the happy couple: a recipe for a good marriage, that they have learned over time, is that life includes God first and foremost; marry your best friend and be in agreement on religion, finances, and how to raise children. Mike and Linda have never taken a separate vacation because in their recipe book of life that is one of the best parts of being married.

Meet Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson

Although Mary Carlson retired in 1997 from the Erie VA Hospital, you won’t find her sitting idly at home. In addition to coming to the center for fitness classes, lectures and special events, Mary is also a teacher’s helper at Pfeiffer Burleigh School where the kids affectionately call her “Grandma.”

Mary is a retired nurse. She received her degree from Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois in 1958. In 1965, she earned her BSN from the State University of New York in Buffalo. In 1981, she received her MSN in Psychiatric Nursing from Kent State University School of Nursing and finally, in 1990, she earned her Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Nurses Association.

During her career, Mary worked for Edinboro State University as an Assistant Professor in Nursing, Warren State Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and from 1984 until her retirement in 1997, at the VA Medical Center as a therapist specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After retirement, Mary joined the faculty at Gannon University on a part-time basis. Mary has received past awards as a counselor in Stress Control. At the time of her retirement, she was awarded by the AMA as “Scholar of the Year” for her past research projects.

Mary has never married, although she shared that there was a very special love early on in her life, but he died in Vietnam. Mary contributes that life experience to her career paths which led to her role at the VA as a Post Traumatic Stress Counselor.

Mary is a member of Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church and writes their newsletter, “Heavenly Father.” Mary is interested in photography, creative arts and literature. Mary Carlson has been a member of LifeWorks Erie since October 2009. Most days, Mary can be found at the center enjoying lunch, participating in one of the fitness classes, or engaged in lively discussion with other center members.