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Sherry Bernice Schnall


1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sherry Bernice Schnall Obituary
June 1, 1923 - November 7, 2017 Sherry Schnall, age 94, died at home surrounded by her family and caregivers on November 7th, 2017. Sherry was born June 1, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA, to Mitchell and Henrietta Fow and grew up during the Great Depression in Brooklyn, NY, where she met and married her husband of 50 years, Larry Schnall, in 1941. She raised her 2 children Peter and Jane during the 2nd World War while working full-time and while Larry served in the military in the European campaign against the Nazis. Sherry was a remarkable woman. As she came of age during the 1940s she became a political activist and labor supporter. She shared with her husband Larry, the successes of organizing NYC hotel workers, as well as experiencing the bitterness of McCarthyism and his being blacklisted from the labor movement in 1953. However disheartening this experience she never left the labor movement in spirit. In 1948, she suffered a serious loss of hearing which motivated her to become a lip reader. She successfully self-taught and became an expert in Homeopathy as well as being an interior designer and horticulturist. With her husband, the two became successful business people, constructing Springvale Apartments in Croton on Hudson, NY, and Leisureville Apartments in Watervliet, NY. Sherry designed the landscaping and interiors of homes and apartments dwellings they built. Sherry inspired others with her active commitments to social justice as she played an important role in the establishment of the Center for Social Epidemiology - a non-profit foundation that provides public education of the role of working conditions in impacting on the health of workers. As well she supported California NOW, participated in the women's rights movement and actively supported the Jewish State of Israel. She loved and enjoyed music including opera, big band and Frank Sinatra. She also loved nature and plants and cared about the environment. She was instrumental in developing extensive social networks in every community in which she and her family lived; first in NYC, then Fire Island, Westchester County, Arizona, and finally Los Angeles. Without doubt her positive spirit, intelligence and generosity contributed to her many successes. She loved her grandchildren and mentored many of her family's younger generation. She was the center of her family where she modelled respect for others, and displayed a generosity of spirit in all that she did. Our family learned a lot from her. She is sorely missed. She is survived by her son Peter, granddaughters Nina and Sigal, grandson Zachary and her cousin Nancy. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jane, sister Beverly Fow, brother Mark Fow and husband Larry.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 3 to Jan. 7, 2018
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