Sheila Starr Saks

by | Feb 18, 2019 | Obituaries

Columbia, S.C.—Sheila Starr Saks, 95, died February 1, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.

She was born in Norfolk and was the daughter of the late Dr. Joseph and Naomi Wolf Starr. Sheila was the wife of the late Louis B. Saks, a Norfolk native.

Working alongside her husband, Sheila helped with the details and business side of the Lou Saks Orchestra. The Orchestra was an important part of Norfolk’s musical life for many years, playing for countless events, including weddings, bar mitzvahs and more.

Sheila was always there for honest and wise advice with a kind heart.

Sheila was predeceased by her sister, Adele Radin (Hank) and her brother Bertram Starr who died a World War II hero.

She is survived by her special friend who was like a “daughter” Gretchen Brown of South Carolina. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Kitty Saks and Felice Saks of Norfolk, and nieces and nephews, Tonie (Frank) Wilkins, David (May Lou) Saks, Judith Sidlow, and cousins Richard (Judy) Levin, Bobbi Lou (Michael) Miller, Beverly (Dr. Michael) Huckman, and Alan (Eve) Blachman.

A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. Online condolences may be shared with the family at