Mary Rose Sharkey, 82, of 570 North Michael St., St. Marys, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at the Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 16, 1928 in Philadelphia, daughter of the late David W. O’Brien, MD, and Mary Rose Magee O’Brien. She was the beloved wife of Dennis A. Sharkey Jr., MD, who survives. They were married June 25, 1955 in Waynesboro, Va.
She was the beloved mother of Mary Rose Silber of Lutz, Fla., Denise Yeager of Bellefonte, and Dennis A. Sharkey III of Philadelphia. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Emily Rose Sarginger, Brian Robert Sarginger, Stephanie Magee Yeager, Caitlin Pamela Yeager and Andrew James Yeager. She will be greatly missed by them. She is also survived by two brothers, David W. O’Brien and the Reverend William S. O’Brien; and three sisters, Kathleen Spitzer, Anne Tompkins and Patricia Taylor. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Eileen M. O’Brien and Constance M. Cathell, and by a brother, Joseph M. O’Brien.
Mrs. Sharkey graduated from Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Va., and in 1955 received a diploma from the Dental Hygiene School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. After moving to St. Marys, she worked for many years at the Elk County Catholic High School and then for local dentists, Dr. Chester Huth and Dr. Charles R. Haskell.
Among her numerous volunteer activities, she was a member of the then Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the head of the Candy Stripers. Along with her husband, she was a longtime supporter of the local United Way Campaign, being an original member of the Leadership Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Rose Sharkey will be celebrated in the St. Mary's Church on Monday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Center Street on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., 957 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the Benedictine Sisters, St. Joseph Monastery, 303 Church St., St. Marys, PA 15857.