Beverly Aldorasi is retiring from the classified department at the Jewish Exponent after 41 years.
The year was 1975 and Beverly Aldorasi’s cousin, Sheryl, was going on vacation from her job in the classified department at the Jewish Exponent, so she asked her to fill in for a couple of weeks.
Even now — 41 years later — neither can believe she never left.
“They loved me so much they wouldn’t let me go,” recalled Aldorasi, who will retire from the Exponent on July 29 and move to Florida with her husband, Perry. “That’s how I started to work here.
“The ironic thing is that when [Sheryl] came back from vacation they let her go. We laugh about that today. They let her go. I started to work and never left.”
Much has changed in the classified ad business since Aldorasi — juggling her schedule between work and raising young daughters Helene and Denise — arrived back when Gerald Ford was president.
Back then, the department was located at 1513 Walnut St. with five full-time employees. Two moves later, the office is at 21st and Arch streets — and she’s now one of two employees.
For another, there was no internet or any of the other technological advances that have, in many ways, made personal contact almost obsolete.
“I’ll miss my clients,” she admitted. “You just bond with the people you talk to every day. A lot of Realtors now in their 60s have stayed with us. We’re there for the community. We try to help everybody, from the woman who wants to get a job, to the handyman who wants to advertise his services.
“It’s been a very rewarding, happy life here.”
Yet now it’s time to move on.
The plan for years for the former Beverly Konefsky and her husband has been to work at Disney World. After having a timeshare for years, they bought a home in nearby Kissimmee in 2015. Perry Aldorasi, who recently retired after 35 years as a photographer for the American Kennel Club, has already interviewed at Disney.
“Our dream always was to move to Florida and work for Disney,” she explained. “We’re not getting younger, and we want to enjoy the rest of our lives doing something different.
“We want to fulfill our dream. For the last 20 years, two times a year, we always went to Disney. We took our kids and our grandchildren (two 19-year-old grandsons and 6- and 23-year-old granddaughters).
“I’ll miss friends. But the area I’m not gonna miss. And I’m not gonna miss the cold weather.”
Folks at the Exponent, though, are sure to miss her.
“I hope I can make her proud,” said Nicole McNally, who’ll take over the classified position.
“Someone that loyal is really irreplaceable,” added Exponent Business Manager Cheryl Lutts. “It’s very rare to see someone at a company for that long. She got the job done. The department ran smoothly on its own and didn’t need much supervision from me.”
In other words, Beverly Aldorasi will be a tough act to follow.
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