Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel

202 North Teilman, Fresno, CA


Louis Harry Sorsky

February 7, 1944January 22, 2020

“He’s on another trip.”

Louis Harry Sorsky, son of Henry and Rosella, passed away on January 22, 2020, at age 75, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly thirty years, Mary Lou, his brother Richard (Carol), his son Kent (Stephanie), daughter Alyssa, Rhenna (mother of Kent and Alyssa), cousin Michael (Patti), grandchildren Arthur, Aislyn and Abram, nephew Marc (Dewi and daughters Kierra and Sadie), niece Kimberly (John), and Mary Lou’s four sons, Evan (Donna), John, Daren and A.J. Born and raised in Fresno,

Louis was a life-long member of Temple Beth Israel and graduate of Menlo College and Fresno State. He was an avid traveler who visited 74 countries, and nothing made him happier than planning his next adventure with Mary Lou to some foreign land. After sustaining serious injuries from a motorcycle accident, which put an end to tennis, jogging, duck-hunting with Michael, and his much-loved backpacking trips, he and Mary Lou focused on remodeling their home and transforming their backyard into a gorgeous park that the entire family enjoyed. Many wonderful memories were made there over the years.

A lover of books, Louis had an impressive library with subjects ranging from history to military strategy, Charles Dickens to Ken Follett. Louis became interested in the philosophy of the Stoics in the latter part of his life. Their teachings brought him much solace after his diagnosis, and anyone who knew him knows these teachings were a perfect match for his personality.

Louis and Richard took over the family business, Berg’s Furniture, from their father, Henry, and it is with “the store” that he spent his career. With his fairness, ethics, and solid business sense, he cultivated loyalty and friendship with his employees and customers over the many years that he owned Berg’s.

Louis had a wry sense of humor and loved to be entertaining and to make people laugh. His personality was uniquely endearing and exasperating, and was often both at the same time. He was deeply loved, will be greatly missed, and lovingly remembered.

Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 on Sunday, January 26th, at Beth Israel Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to Temple Beth Israel or St. Agnes Hospice.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, January 26, 2020


Louis Harry Sorsky

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Gary Skopp

February 2, 2020

I am sorry about your loss I did not know that he passed until my daughter just told me I missed it in the obituary it was a good man and I certainly would’ve come to the service please accept my heartfelt as sympathies

Oscar Gallegos

January 29, 2020

I’m sorry to learn of Louis Sorsky’s passing. Louis and his brother Richard were my employers in the 80’s at Berg furniture and although it has been years since I last spoke with him, I wish to add Louis was indeed a generous and ethical boss.

My condolences to his family and friends.

ps - he had excellent taste in dress shoes!
Oscar Gallegos

Jim Merrill

January 28, 2020

Louis' brother Richard and I were classmates at Bullard. I have fond memories of our time with Louis in the 60s and later, with Richard at the duck clubs in the 80s. God bless Louis and his family.