Sherlie I. Hurwitz

Sherlie I Hurwitz On March 4th, 2013, a woman of valor, Sherlie I Hurwitz passed away peacefully. She taught us all how to endure her disease with dignity and grace, with a positive attitude, and a smile on her face. She brightened the lives of all those who came to visit her. She never forgot how to say, "I love you", "wonderful", "hi honey" and how to give great hugs and kisses. She taught us all we ever needed to know about the power and the benefits of spreading joy. Sherlie was born April 30, 1923 in Clovis, New Mexico to Sam and Sarah Isenberg. She moved with her parents and two brothers to Corpus Christi in 1937. After graduating from Corpus Christi High School, Sherlie attended the University of Texas at Austin where she met the love of her life, Alvin Hurwitz on a blind date. Sherlie and Alvin were married on May 23, 1943 in Corpus Christi. She was the perfect partner in their storybook marriage that lasted 65 years until her beloved Alvin passed away. Their house was always the family gathering place for holidays and lifecycle events. Like her mother "Grand Babe", Sherlie was a pied piper to children of all ages and her home was the place her kids, grandkids, great grandkids and their friends would congregate. She was a confidant to people of all ages and everyone who knew her had their own special relationship with her. As a Junior Bowling Coach at Ayers Bowling Lanes, she helped thousands of youth bowlers learn about bowling, teamwork, sportsmanship, and life lessons. Sherlie served as a leader in countless charitable and volunteer organizations. For most, she was the writer of incredibly creative newsletters, programs and calendars filled with her prose, poetry, color, and sparkle. Sherlie was a "poet laureate", who honored friends and loved ones, and their special occasions, in verse. Her book, Ink Stains and Memories-A Sentimental Journey written over more than seven decades contains 284 pages of her artistry, including parodies, graphics, and entries from guest authors. The book could have been twice as long had she had the time and the health to include more. Sherlie had a lifelong love of tap dancing and danced into her 80's. She loved to perform with her tap-dancing troupes and the fancier and glitzier the costume, the better. Four generations of Sherlie's family proudly attended her performances, many of which were videotaped by Alvin. Sherlie was preceded in death by her husband Alvin, her parents, brother Irvin Isenberg, and grandson James Bradley Hurwitz. She is survived by her three children, Sandy Hurwitz and wife Leslee; Jill McLain and husband Jerry; Donny Hurwitz and wife Joyce; grandchildren Kelley Ahr and husband Chris; Kevin Hurwitz and wife Tamara; Brandon Hurwitz and wife Whitney; Daniel Hurwitz; McKayla and Megan Donovan; Shawn Bonsen and husband Robert; Dana Williams and husband Mark; Shelley Riley and husband Chip; and Macy Hurwitz; great grandchildren Allanah, Micah, Jacy, and Asa Ahr; Adva and Ari Hurwitz; Tristyn and Akira Bonsen; and Colton and Ryan Williams; extended family Carin and Lenny Martino, Leslie and Eric Samuels, and their children Luna Martino, and Maren and Asa Samuels. They, along with countless others, were lucky enough to know and love her and will miss her deeply. There will be a service to honor her memory Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, Texas 78756. The family requests that those wishing to make a donation in Sherlie's memory, please send them to Congregation Beth Israel "The Circle of Friends for Alzheimer's Patients". Mother, Memommy, Grandmommy, Gigi, Sherlie: We love you a bushel and a peck A bushel and a peck And a hug around the neck Obituary and guestbook available online at


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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 7, 2013