age 76 of Massillon, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, following a nine-year illness. Through her television career, business interests and charitable work, countless lives were touched by her talent, compassion and grace. Sherry's trademarks were her fiery red hair and the refinement and class she brought to every room. Sherry was a 1954 graduate of McKinley High School, where she was a majorette. She attended Miami University. She was runner-up to Miss Ohio in 1955. Through her "Sherry Lee Finishing School," which she operated for 40 years, she taught hundreds of young women the finer points of etiquette and prepared them for careers in modeling and pageants. She was a local television and radio personality, hosting "The Sherry Lee Show" on WJAN TV 17 and "Concept with Sherry Lee," and "Top Priority" on WOAC TV 67. In 1987, she received an Ohio State Media Award. She gave her time and resources to numerous charities including MDA, Vietnam Veterans of America, Shriners Hospital, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival, Spina Bifida, and many others. In 1992, she was inducted into the Stark County Women's Hall of Fame. Sherry was an extremely talented writer; she wrote and produced numerous seasonal specials for TV and radio, such as "Christmas Is" and "Christmas Treasures."
She is survived by her loving partner and caregiver of nearly 30 years, Ted Novak; children Tab (Kathy) Bergmayr of Canton, Todd (Lori) Bergmayr of Cincinnati, and brother, Mike (Beth) Larson of Massillon. She was preceded in death by her mother, Freda Larson, father, Jack Larson and infant baby brother.
Calling hours will be Thursday, Feb. 7 at Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday from 10-11 a.m. Christian funeral services conducted by the Reverend Gregory Cooper will be held in the funeral home Friday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Sherry's name to the Crossroads Hospice of Northeast Ohio, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Green, OH 44685-6227. Those wishing to share their condolences or fond memories may sign the Reed online guestbook at
Published in The Repository on Feb. 6, 2013