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Online love story

Couple chose Fox Run for the next chapter of their lives together

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November 3rd, 2016
Fox Run couple Sonia and Stewart Aron met on an online dating site, and they’ve now been married for more than 16 years.

Fox Run couple Sonia and Stewart Aron met on an online dating site, and they’ve now been married for more than 16 years.

Sonia and Stewart Aron’s love story began with an email exchange. The couple met through an online dating site in the late 1990s, at a time when online dating was just starting to become popular. 

“I got up all of my courage to do it,” Sonia says. 

At the time, Sonia was living in Naples, Fla., where she had moved for retirement with her first husband, who died suddenly, leaving her a relatively young widow. As she began to heal, Sonia says she felt a need to share her life with someone, and that led her to Stewart. Of all of the online profiles Sonia read, she says Stewart’s stood out to her. 

“It took me a while to think it through and realize I have more in common with this man than anyone else on any of the sites,” she says.

Stewart, a retired attorney, was living on the opposite coast of Florida but had previously lived in Ohio, just like Sonia. Stewart volunteered for Jewish Family Service, an organization Sonia had previously worked for as a program director. Both Stewart and Sonia also did volunteer work that connected them to Israel. 

“It was a connection of values that we had in common as volunteers,” Sonia says. “I had been volunteering extensively on many boards.”

After thoroughly screening Stewart, Sonia agreed to meet him. They hit it off and tied the knot after a year of dating, and have now been married for 16 years. They left Florida several years ago, and moved to Ohio to be closer to family. 

Family ties at Fox Run

A little over a year ago, Sonia and Stewart decided to move to Fox Run. Sonia’s sister, brother-in-law, and cousin all live at the community, so she and Stewart were familiar with the maintenance-free lifestyle it offers. They also have a daughter, son-in-law, and three granddaughters in the area. 

Sonia, who had worked as a program director at Big Brothers/Big Sisters and earned a doctorate degree in organizational development at age 65, is a member of Fox Run’s philanthropy committee. She’s also gotten involved with the resident-run book club, writers forum, and history club. She and Stewart enjoy taking classes through the on-site continuous learning program, and they attend thought-provoking films with neighbors through a series called “Movies That Make You Think.”

“I’ve enjoyed the activities here very much,” Sonia says. 

Stewart and Sonia have a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home in Fox Run’s Edgewater residence building. The people on their floor gather for a cocktail party once a week, giving the neighbors and opportunity to get to know one another in a relaxed and intimate setting. Sonia also enjoys exercising at Fox Run’s on-site fitness center, an amenity that makes it more convenient for residents to stay in shape.

“There’s a lot of kidding and ribbing that goes on down there in the fitness center, and that makes it fun to go there,” Sonia says.