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 – fiancé), Trina ( Michael) Day, Son; James (Val) Sharkey. Grandchildren; Jeremy (Sharika) Haffner, Jason (Mandy) Sharkey, Justin Haffner (Melanie Feldstein – fiancé), 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. http://www.hospiceofthecomforter.org/gift