In Memoriam: Louise Sherbak

       Louise Sherbak, 90, who had lived on the Westside for more than 50 years, died Sept. 18.

Louise Sherbak with pets, in a photo probably from the 1950s.
Courtesy of Colleen Garcia

       She was born March 9, 1920, in Fort Worth, Texas. Her parents were Warren and Alice Veale.
       Mrs. Sherbak married John "Skip" Sherbak in 1952. He survives her, along with their three stepchildren (Mark, Brett and Lisa) and a grandson (Bobby Wilson). The closest family member in town is a nephew on John's side (Brian Garcia). He had also worked for John when he had his TV repair business. Brian and his wife Colleen are handling the funeral matters.
       At Mr. Sherbak's request, no services are planned, Brian said. The body will go to cremation and the ashes spread over the pond at the Shrine of Remembrance funeral home, he said.
       Mrs. Sherbak's full given name was Amanda Louise Veale. According to a story Mrs. Sherbak told Colleen Garcia, she had started going by her middle name at about age 9 at the request of one of her older brothers, after he started dating a girl named Amanda. "She just told me that story the other day," Garcia said. "I thought it was so cute."
       Mrs. Sherbak was married twice before she met John. The first marriage was in 1937 to Cleo Phariss, who died less than two years later of tuberculosis. She had one child during that marriage, named Jerry. She then married Dale Wilson, giving her son his last name. That marriage ended in divorce not long before she married John, Garcia said.
       During a taped Westside Pioneer interview with John Sherbak in 2004, Louise noted that they'd gotten married in Las Vegas, Nev., "in a little, small hotel. We didn't have any money so we couldn't play the slots."
       The Sherbaks had no children, but raised John's brother's three children after he died in a car accident.
       Mrs. Sherbak worked as a homemaker most of her life.

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