Obituaries November 16, 2017

Published on: November 16, 2017

Ronald Scharback

Ronald Scharback, age 88, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Westwood, N.J., passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 5, 2017 with his family by his side, at Sun City Center Hospice House. He was born on July 2, 1929 in Passaic, N.J. to Efim and Mary (Bialko) Scharback.

He grew up in Garfield, N.J. where he enjoyed hunting and fishing as a young man. Ron graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS in Business. He joined the United States Marine Corps. in 1953 and served his country for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel. Ron worked for AT&T for 25 years. Upon retiring from AT&T, Ron and his wife Marlene moved to Sun City Center. Ron enjoyed golfing with his wife and friends. He was an accomplished pianist. Ron enjoyed playing the piano at many parties for his family and friends.

Ron and his family enjoyed many summers at Topsail Island, N.C., where Ron and his wife owned a second home for 26 years. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Mosaic Lodge #194, Ridgefield Park, N.J. and Redeemer Lutheran Church. Ron was very active in many other organizations in New Jersey and New York. Ron was a caring and supportive husband, father and grandfather.  He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marlene; daughter, Lynn Sheridan and her husband, Patrick; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn Scharback and his wife Alison; a brother, Dennis Scharback; and four grandchildren, Jaclyn (Mike) Brunetto, Erin (Fiancé, Matt) Sheridan, Brian Sheridan, Lucille Scharback and niece Loren Miller.

Memorial Service with Military Honors will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, Fla. Private interment at Sarasota National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573, or Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center, FL 33573, or Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573 Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.

Linda J. Wall

Linda J. Wall passed away peacefully Friday, November 3, 2017. She is survived by her children, son Jody Reeser; two daughters, Kimberly Wall-Kipling and Dana Moylan; four grandchildren, Tyson, Jessi, Jake, and Ella; and one great-granddaughter, Aubrey. Condolences may be left for the family at

Michael H. Cook

Michael H. Cook, 84, passed November 10, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital South. He was born on January 18, 1933 in the Bronx, New York to the late John “Jimmy” James Cook and Sally Fagenbaum Cook. He served in the United States Army where he was part of the 258th Field Artillary Battalion National Guard from 1949 to 1952 and the 8th Ordinance Company from 1953 to 1955 where he was a Corporal.

After his service, he was employed by Western Electric/AT&T Technology for 40-plus years working in various areas of New York. Before relocating to Sun City Center in 1993, he served as Past Exalted Ruler and lifetime member of BPoE (Elks) in Yorktown Heights, New York and as Past Commander and lifetime member of the VFW in Mahopac, New York. Michael was an avid golfer and had a lifetime membership at North/South and Sandpiper Golf Club. He was a prior member of the computer club, a prior volunteer with the Security Patrol, and a member of the King’s Point Sportsman’s Club.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Castellani Cook; children, Teri (Tom) Cook, Michael (Lisa) Cook Jr., and John (Barbara) Cook; grandchildren, Delanie, Nicholas, Cameron, Courtney and Julia Cook.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 17, at Sun City Center Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center with a luncheon following at Conesa Hall. Interment will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Bell Fort Road #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home 813-634-9900.

Duane T. Minton

Duane Thomas Minton, age 87, died on Thursday, November 9, at LifePath Hospice in Sun City Center, Florida.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an only child to Thomas and Edna Minton. He is survived by his wife, Prudence (Marino), and two children, daughter Denise/Michael (Murray) and son Brian/Louis, and grandchildren Sean and Leo.

Duane went to Custer High School where he played trombone and football. After graduating high school he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Duane was a Sargent in the U.S. Air Force where he served three years overseas in Sculthorpe, England. He loved jazz, pasta and being Italian, even though he really wasn’t.

Myron Albert

The Honorable Myron Albert of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away on November 10, 2017, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Myron was born on May 12, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Goldie and Abraham Albert. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Charlotte Albert Sunshine. Myron is survived by his niece, Linda Keiles (Leslie Ciletti) of Long Beach, Calif.; his nephew, Gary Sunshine (Mark Lagasse) of Beacon, N.Y.; the love of his life, Nina Smart of Sun City Center; and her sons, Michael Smart (Jan) of Quincy, Ill., and Walter Smart (Stephanie) of Manistee, Mich.

Myron served with pride in the U.S. Army’s 94th Infantry Division during World War II under General Patton in the famed Ghost Corps, and received numerous medals for his service, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He served as National President of the 94th Infantry Division Association.

Myron graduated from Brooklyn College and the Syracuse University College of Law. He was an attorney in private practice for over 40 years, as well as an administrative law judge for the City of New York.

In 1988, Myron moved from Brooklyn to Sun City Center, where he met Nina Smart and spent the rest of his days laughing, dancing, power walking, and enjoying life with her.

Myron’s family thanks his Professional Care Manager Denise Marceron, and the loving caregivers of FirstLight Home Care, for the devoted and compassionate service during Myron’s last years; because of them, Myron was able to live out his years with dignity.

Rita Scott Bevan

Rita Scott Bevan, age 77, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away on November 9, 2017.  She was the wife of Gerard (Jerry) Bevan. They would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on November 20.

Born in Scranton, Pa., the daughter of the late William Jerome and Cathleen McDonough Scott, she was a graduate of Scranton Central High School; the Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing, Scranton; Wilkes College– Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with a BS in Nursing Education College of Saint Francis, Joliet, Il, with an MS in Hospital Administration; and completed the course work for an Executive MBA at Arizona State University. Rita was a healthcare professional for 43 years.

Also surviving are two sons: Thomas (Lisa) and granddaughter Kate, and son Todd; two sisters: Lois Farrell (husband William) and Janet Zuczek (Stanley), and a brother, Jerome (Margaret). She was preceded in death by a sister, Kay.

A private funeral service will be held at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, PA.

Donations may be made in her memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101 or to a charity of your choice.

Shirley DeBlois

Shirley DeBlois has passed from this life. Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 65 years, Rodney DeBlois; daughter, Vicki Scholer; her granddaughters India Clark and Jaurian Birmingham; and their daughters Zaiha and Zola.

She was a charter member of the Ruskin Epsilon Chi Chapter, realtor at Dickman Realty, and enjoyed the many friends she made through the Reno Marine that she owned and ran with her husband Rodney.

Her smile brightened our world; she left a love for Maine with her granddaughters and memories of gardening and long walks, laughing and taking time for life. She touched many lives and will be truly missed.

Donations in her name can be made to the Hospice House in Sun City Center. She will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery.