Shelly Frisch Small

Profile Updated: November 27, 2019
Residing In: Shaker Heights, OH USA
Occupation: Retired Social Worker
Spouse/Partner: Bill Small

Our 50th Reunion is now 8 months away. I enjoy being on the Reunion Committee and feel like I am hanging out with Family every time we have a meeting. We feel it will be a joyful celebration.

Life is challenging for all of us. I just moved my beloved dad into a nursing home. He will be 96 in January, and is cognitively perfect, but has health issues (of course). I feel so lucky to still have him around as I lost my mom in 1971. I was one of the first to lose a parent and am one of the last to still have a parent, funny how that is.

I am grateful to be healthy and enjoy being with my wonderful husband Bill.
My favorite hobby is walking around Shaker, taking photos. The Shaker Historical Society has made a 2020 Shaker Calendar with my photography, I'm really proud of it. I am so looking forward to seeing everyone again at our 50th in July.

I see that I haven't updated on this page for 6 years. Now I am 67, time flies.
I retired August 31 2018 from a job I loved for 32 years, as a LSW Social Worker in the Adoption Department of Probate Court. I worked in the beautiful and historical Cuyahoga County Court House. I find retirement to be a Gift, that one can't fully appreciate until they are in their 60's. I am an amateur photographer and take a lot of pictures of Shaker. The Shaker Historical Society used my photographs for a 2019 Shaker Calendar, and are going to have another one in 2020. The Calendar is a Fundraiser for the Shaker Historical Society. I post many of the Shaker pictures on the Facebook Group, GROWING UP IN SHAKER. If you are a Facebook fan, it is a fun group with classmates from every year at Shaker. I am excited to be on the Reunion Committee for our 50th. We are hoping for a big turn out, as it is NOW OR NEVER.

Most of us have already turned 60 this year, it's so hard to believe.
I've decided I'm going to try and work 10 more years at my current job.
I really enjoy my work, find it extremely fulfilling. The longer I work, the better my retirement will be, and it's important to be financially secure during retirement. My husband and I are both Social Workers, so you know our pay isn't tremendous. As long as I'm healthy, I'll keep working. It's fun working downtown. I'm in the Historic Cuyahoga County Court House. A scene in the Avengers movie was filmed in my building. They are building the new Medical Mart next door. One day I walked to the bank at lunch time and decided to check out the New HorseShoe Casino at Public Square. I spent and lost $2, and decided that was enough for me. It was a thrill though, to see the Casino, in the old Higbee building.

I've added some new pictures, there is nothing like being in Shaker when all the trees change their colors, just so gorgeous.

I'm really enjoying taking pictures (can you tell) of Shaker and Cleveland and putting them on this website. I've gotten so many comments from classmates saying they miss this incredible beauty. Many of us walked to school as kids and were around this every day. I don't think I could ever live anywhere else.
I think this website is awesome (do people still use that word, I do). I'm enjoying all the memories, reflections and wisdom that I've been reading from fellow classmates. It's hard to believe we are 60, I feel so young inside.

School Story:


I moved to Shaker (from Beachwood) the summer before 8th grade. I'm envious of all of you who share elementary school memories. I was lucky to move next door to Sally Cooper, who introduced me to a few "kids" before school started, like our neighbor Chrys Ankeney. I remember not be allowed to wear eye makeup to school. I would stop at Chrys's to pick her up and would go up to her room to put on some makeup. I made some great friends in 8th grade, Peter Guren, Rob Friedman, Susie Henle, Katie Goodfriend, Debbie Boyd, Bert Debeneditto, Jim MacCutcheon and Laurie Stein. I loved Woodbury and really felt a strong connection to my new friends.
I was pretty naive and innocent at Shaker High,
but in retropspect am glad that I grew up the old fashioned way.

My mom died from lung cancer in 1971. My dad moved to the Orient for business in 1975. I was
pretty independent and self reliant and got used to making my own decisions. I married my first husband in 1975, was divorced in 1983 and enjoyed being single and living on my own until 1991. I have always enjoyed my own company
so I didn't view this as a problem. I fell in love again in 1991 and married my current husband Bill Small (Shaker class of 1971) in 1992. We are both social workers. I've been at Probate Court in the Adoption Department for the last 27 years. My office is in the Cuyahoga County Court House, which is a beautiful historic building. I love my work. Bill is a Hospice social worker. We live in Shaker, I just love this place. I am an amateur photographer and take most of my pictures locally.

My dad moved back to Cleveland and now lives across the street from me. He is an amazing 88 year old and is still very healthy. He's an amateur photographer too and we frequently take pictures together.
I feel really lucky to still have him around.

Classmates You Still See Regularly:

Debbie and Peter Guren, Betsy Leininger Williger,
Laurie Stein Marsh, Katie Goodfriend Block, Patty Marcus Inglis,
Rob Friedman, Rob Baskin, Jamie Baskin, and the Reunion Committee.

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Feb 09, 2021 at 8:11 AM

I was so sad to hear about Tom.  I didn't know him well but remember him as being kind.  I'm sending prayers and support out to his friends and family.

Jan 24, 2021 at 8:42 AM

Happy Birthday Shelly. I hope you had a wonderful day. Best wishes for a year filled with health, peace, and love. Keep the pictures coming. Thank you for wonderful memories sprining back to life.

Jan 21, 2021 at 4:33 AM
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Jan 18, 2021 at 5:17 PM

I didn't know Laurie well, but I remember a sweetness and gentleness about her.  I'm so sorry for her family and close friends and am sad to lose another classmate.

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Nov 30, 2020 at 8:59 AM

I remember Howie as being funny, kind., warm and generous.  We were close in 11th and 12th grade and are even in our 1970 yearbook picture  together for Bobbie Brooks, along with Katie Goodfriend Block, Debbie Hershey Guren and Martha Ginn.  The twists and turns of life can be so unkind.  I send heartfelt condolences out to his family and friends.

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Nov 29, 2020 at 6:47 AM

Posted on: Nov 28, 2020 at 9:42 AM

Welcome to this site Debbie, I have fond memories of you from Woodbury. Looking forward to seeing you whenever we have our Reunion.

Mar 18, 2020 at 10:42 PM

Looks so lovely Greg!

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Posted on: Mar 01, 2020 at 3:14 PM

Hi Bonnie, so glad you joined our site. Hope to see you at the Reunion. Did you know Carolyn Gilbert (she had lived in Beachwood when I did, prior to 8th grade) and then moved to West Geauga. She was a good childhood friend of mine. I love retirement too, and retired about the same time you did (August 2018), spent my 32 year career as a Probate Court Social Worker in the adoption department.

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Mar 02, 2020 at 9:19 PM

Posted on: Mar 01, 2020 at 8:16 AM

Welcome Nancy to our Website. Hope to see you this summer at our 50th Take care,
Fondly, Shelly

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Feb 21, 2020 at 10:28 AM

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020 at 4:04 PM

Hi Dave, so glad to see that you have joined this site. Hope to see you at our 50th!!!
Take care, Shelly

Feb 10, 2020 at 6:26 PM
Feb 10, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Thank you Emily for keeping Billie's memory with us.  So glad to hear about her daughters.

Feb 10, 2020 at 2:36 PM

Hi Jeff, welcome to this website. I hope to see you at the Reunion, it should be a really good time. Fondly, Shelly

Jan 21, 2020 at 4:35 AM
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Oct 07, 2019 at 8:33 PM

Pat was on our 50th Reunion Committee, I knew she had been ill but thought that she was getting better. She was at our last meeting on August 20th.  She was such a kind and inspiring person, I was friends with her at Woodbury.  She will be missed by so many people.  I'm sending condolences to all who loved her.

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Oct 01, 2019 at 4:33 PM

I'm so very sad and sorry to hear about Don.  I didn't know him well but we were Facebook friends.

I know he was a really wonderful person. Sending condolences to Jane and those who loved him.

Shelly Frisch Small has left an In Memory comment for Dale Rini.
Sep 30, 2019 at 8:33 PM

I remember Dale from Woodbury.  Such a nice guy, so sad to hear this news.

Our Reunion Committee is trying to find Don, I gave my contact information to Don's older brother Ken.

I believe Don is in CO.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Springtime in Downtown Cleveland. The Cuyahoga County
Court House (where I work) is in the background.
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Wade Lagoon, located by the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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I call this "Fairy Tale" because that's what it reminds me of, taken in a yard on Shaker Blvd.
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Browns Game 10/4/09
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Autumn 2008, Shaker Heights, OH
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Falmouth Road, Shaker Heights, Oct. 24, 2009
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Shaker Rapid, as you can see they aren't yellow
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Thornton Park, January 2010.
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Blooming Tree, Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland
Heights, April 2010
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May 5, 2010