July 24, 1921-Nov. 26, 2007
Jane Johnston Sheryak Davey, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Jane Johnston was born to George and Marjorie (Flory) Johnston on July 24, 1921 in Anderson, Ind. Jane started her career as a vocalist in dance bands around the country. In 1945 she moved to Fargo. While working for WDAY, she hosted Red Owl Theatre and was a spokeswoman for many commercial products. In 1960 she moved to the Twin Cities and started working in radio broadcasting on KSTP.
Graduating to stardom, she was the host of "Dialing for Dollars" on Minneapolis' KSTP-TV. In 1976 she moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., and directed and hosted a daytime interview program on WGOT, where she interviewed many famous musicians and actors. Jane is published in the "World's Who's Who of Women" and "Foremost Women in Communications." She had authored two books; Sensuous Cookery or How to Make it in the Kitchen, 1971 and Spilling the Beans, 1979.
Jane was a member of Fashion Group of America, V.P.N.O. Chapter, American Women in Radio and Television, Society of Fine Arts, Friends of the Society, Walker Art Center, Safety Council and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
Jane married Bill Sheryak in December 1940 in Louisville, Ky. Bill died July 21, 1976. Jane married Bill Davey in September 1979 in Edina, Minn.
Preceding Jane in death were her parents; her husbands, Bill Sheryak and Bill Davey; and her daughter, Lynn.
Surviving Jane are her son, Scott (Linda) Sheryak of Detroit Lakes; brother, George (Nancy) Johnston of Naples, Fla.; three granddaughters; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home Chapel. Friends may call one hour prior to the start of services at Emmanuel.
The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.