John B. Stiborek

November 4, 1967March 25, 2021

John Bennett Stiborek, 53, of Southlake, Texas passed away on March 25th in Trophy Club, Texas. A native North Texan, John was born in Denton and lived most of his life in Southlake and surrounding communities. A graduate of Carroll High School, John then attended UNT while working full-time at American Airlines (AA). Pursuing his love of computers and technology, he transferred to Devry University to complete his B.S. degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Information Technology and later worked for several large corporations as an analyst in the IT industry.

Those who knew John understood that he could be quiet and reserved but those who knew him longest knew him to be happy, silly, funny and kind. During his 17+ years with American he was able to travel with his best friend on a whim to such places as Philadelphia just to eat a true Philly Steak sandwich, to Boston to have a bowl of authentic New England clam chowder or Milwaukee to drink a beer with his childhood best friend. His love of travel also led him to join a singles group, where he met Shari Herman, at a karaoke night and his debut of “I Ain’t Got Nobody/I’m Just a Gigolo” by David Lee Roth. Although his moves were not quite those of DLR, Shari fell for John instantly. They married and lived happily together for almost 25 years, traveling extensively they honeymooned in Italy, (he gave her Venice), shared their love of scuba diving in St. Lucia, Belize, the Keys and Mexico. But their best trip however, was their month long stay in 2005 in Moscow, Russia to adopt their beautiful and amazing 13-month old daughter, Izabella Ekaterina, now 17.

John had many interests throughout his lifetime including a love of geology and space which segued into his love of reading sci-fi and fantasy novels. At last count he had read over 1,700 books! His other interests included re-building computers, fixing laptops for friends and while renovating their homes installing high-speed everything! John enjoyed working with his hands and building useful items, like bookcases, a desk, a corn-hole game and almost any project with his Dad! When taking time to sit still he enjoyed listening to his favorite genre – 80’s pop music, and watching TV and movies. His favorites included Star Trek, the early Star Wars collection, The Martian, Heartland and When Harry Met Sally. Most recently he was excited about playing low stakes poker with friends and went on to invest in a poker table, chips and ‘fancy’ playing cards. John was an incredible Dad who loved sharing time with Izabella jumping on a trampoline, bike riding, swimming and playing video games. Also, very much a family man, he enjoyed hiking, rafting, canoeing, zip-lining at state and national parks, mapping out road trips to Disney World, building sand castles, and visiting places like Graceland, Gatorland, and the Brooklyn Museum; and family gatherings at his parents’ home for BBQs and holidays! John will long be remembered for his sweet smile, his hard work ethic, easy manner and dedication to family and friends!

One of John’s favorite quotes by a beloved author: Your life is yours and yours alone. Rise up and live it! – Terry Goodkind

Love for him is shared with his wife Shari, his daughter, Izabella; parents, Ben and MaryJoe Stiborek; older brothers, Joseph (Joe) and Michael (Mike) Stiborek; nieces Lauren Vines, and April Stiborek and nephew, Lucas Stiborek and numerous close relatives and friends.

Please join as his life is celebrated, April 25, at 4:00 p.m. at J.E. Foust & Son, 523 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas, 76051.

In lieu of flowers in honor of John, please consider donating in his name to the: American Brain Tumor Association,


25 April

Memorial Service

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors



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Alisa and Mercer Schulte

April 10, 2021

I was so sad to hear of John‘s passing. When I think of John, I think of the bounce in his step, the smile on his face, and his hands always ready to help out a friend. My heart is broken for Shari and Izzy and all of the family and friends who love him which are many. The world was a better place just because John was in it.

Alisa and Mercer Schulte

April 10, 2021

I am so sad to hear of John‘s passing. When I think of John, I think of the bounce in his step, the big smile on his face, and the hands always ready to help out a friend. He was a joy to all who knew him and will be sadly missed. My heart is broken for Shari and Izzy and all his family. John made this world a much better place just by being in it.

Christine Grzanna

April 7, 2021

John was such a "Special Person", his smile and laughter will be deeply missed and never forgotten. He will forever live on through the precious memories we hold in our hearts and these memories will help you heal from this great loss. Myself and others who knew John are blessed to have been able to share his life.

I knew John when he became good friends with both my sons, Troy and Trevis, while attending Carroll Elementary in South Lake, Texas, and then graduated from Carroll High. This was a forever friendship. John being a best friend was also in Troy's wedding up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

They both worked for the airlines, Troy for Delta Airlines and John for American Airlines, so they got to fly back and forth visiting often. I worked for American Airlines and when John told me he was hired on I would laugh and say, "well your hooked and you'll never leave". He'd just laugh and say future plans did not include staying with the airline. Well, John proved me wrong and went for those bigger dreams which he was destine to get. I'm so proud of his accomplishments.

Every time we all got together at different occasions it was always a great time with lots of laughs. I'm going to miss that so much.

I always considered John my 3rd son.

Shari and John were perfect together and when Isabella came into their lives, John's life was complete.

My love and Condolences go out to his family.

Martha Mehl

April 7, 2021

Dear Shari,
I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I know how devoted you were to each other. Please know you and Izabella are in my prayers.
Deepest sympathies,
Martha Mehl

Yvette Hinkel-Hunt

March 27, 2021

I remember meeting John and his brothers Michael and Joey when we all went to Wonderland in the early 70’s. My brother, Gary, and I became friends with them and were always on the playground together. Fast forward to high school, and I would see Joey and Mike out at the lake from time to time and we’d recap our childhood. Later, I met Shari. When she married John, it was like another reunion with the Stiboreks.

John was always kind; I never saw him in a bad mood! He dearly loved his family and was devoted to Shari and their daughter Isabella. I remember when they brought her home. Such a blessing!

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Stiborek family.

David Scott

March 27, 2021

Ben and Mary,

We are so very sad to hear of the loss of your son. We will keep your family in our prayers during such hard times. Please let us know if you need anything.