Sunday, June 9, 2013

Wanda June Sharkey

Wanda June Norton Sharkey, (Junebug), passed away peacefully at her home in Orlando, Florida on June 8, 2013 after a long struggle with cancer, with her loving family by her side.
She was born on January 29, 1933 in Lakeland, Florida to Grace L. Lamb Norton and Charles (Slim) W. Norton. She graduated Kathleen High School in 1950 and left to California to attend nursing school.  She soon returned to Florida where she met the love of her life, Robert V. Sharkey. After dating for six weeks they tied the knot and proceeded to share the next 58 years of their lives together. 
She became a military wife and spent the next 21 years traveling and raising her 4 children. In 1971, Robert’s military retirement brought them to Orlando, Florida and this is where they remained until her passing.
Wanda enjoyed flowers and gardening and worked at Walt Disney World in the Flower Shop on Main Street for several years.  Robert & Wanda went into the entertainment business and opened up Central Casting and Universal Entertainment.  She was an integral part of the business and always had a compliment and smile for all of the entertainers she came in contact with.
Wanda loved fishing, the outdoors and traveling. Wanda and Bob traveled the globe throughout their time together to such faraway places as China, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Alaska and Europe.  Wanda was such an adventurous spirit she took on the challenge with Bob to sail and live aboard a 53’ Ketch and cruise the Caribbean for a year.
Wanda truly lived life to the fullest, always put her family first, and no one was ever a stranger for long. Everyone will always remember the wonderful detailed stories that Wanda shared.
Wanda is survived by her loving husband Bob Sharkey; Daughters; Danette (Rocky) McMichen, Jennifer Stuart (Mike Buscemi – fiancĂ©), Trina ( Michael) Day, Son; James (Val) Sharkey.  Grandchildren; Jeremy (Sharika) Haffner, Jason (Mandy) Sharkey, Justin Haffner (Melanie Feldstein – fiancĂ©), Leigh (Jim) Hart, Casey Mabe (Kara Paul), Jessica Sharkey, Gracen Day, Rilen Sharkey, Colby Day. Great Grandchildren; Devin Haffner, Tamara Haffner, Jeremiah Haffner, Trent Sharkey, Travis Sharkey, Luke and Levi Sharkey.
Wanda is preceded in death by her parents; Grace and Charles Norton, her brothers; JC Norton and Keith Norton.
Services celebrating the life of Wanda will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church located at 4851 South Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, Florida 32819 at 11am.  The family will greet friends from 10:00am to 11:00am prior to the service at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.  Burial will immediately follow at Dr. Phillip’s Cemetery, 5410 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, Florida 32819.
The Sharkey family would like to extend their gratitude to the wonderful staff of “Hospice of the Comforter”, “Visiting Angel”, Marcia Quint and the loving and caring friends that have called, visited and cared for her.  Wanda loved flowers and in addition would welcome donations made in her name to the Hospice of the Comforter.


Bruce Dart said...

Goodbye Wanda, you were always so kind to me and my family! My sympathies to your loving family, they will miss you so much!

Mattie Jones said...

I would like to offer your family my sincere condolences for the passing of Miss Wanda. I pray you will find peace and comfort from the Scriptures and the resurrection hope that Jesus Christ holds out for all those who are now sleeping in death.-Acts 24:15. He will restore them back to life with the prospect of eternal life on the renewed Paradise earth.-John 5:28,29; Luke 23:43. Until that blessed event unfolds, may Jehovah God grant you peace and comfort, during this grievous time.-Numbers 6:26; Matthew 5:4.

DeAnna Dailey said...

Wanda was a wonderful woman & I feel very blessed to have known her & the rest of the Sharkey family for over 40 years. She will be missed by all. Prayers go out to the family.

Jill Duggan said...

Wanda and Bob are the coolest cousins ever. I didn't know you were a nurse maybe that's where I get it from. I will miss you a lot, but I will see you again in Heaven. Say hi to Aunt Grace and Grandma and Grandpa Treece for me.
Love you always
Jill Warren Duggan

Kelly said...

My condolences to the Sharkey family. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you all receive much support and love during this sad time. May God grant you peace and strength as you reflect on his promise of the resurrection for your wife and mother, Wanda. (Acts 24:15) Your family is in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I was saddened to hear that Wanda had passed away, but what helped bring comfort was to find that the Bible speaks of a time when death will be done away with:

Isa. 25:8, 9: “He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. . . . And in that day one will certainly say: ‘Look! This is our God. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. This is Jehovah. We have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him.’”

Also at John 5:28, 29: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”

I know you will still experience pain, grief, and sorrow but I hope that these scriptures will bring some measure of comfort to you.