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HAVERHILL, MA - Robert J. Scharn, of Haverhill, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 2, 2018, at the Merrimack Valley of the Holy Family Hospital, in Haverhill, at the age of 73. He was the beloved husband of Billie Alice (Todd) Scharn for 53 years, also loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Robert (Bob) was born in Lawrence, Mass., on March 17, 1944, the son of the late Frederick and Dagmar (Wilson) Scharn. He was educated in the Billerica school system.
Over the years, Bob worked at Stride Rite Shoe, Andrew Wilson/PPI, Hampshire Fabrics, and Property Management of Andover, until his retirement.
Bob enjoyed spending his time with his family and friends, family gatherings and cookouts, joke telling, bingo, German bowling, horseshoes, darts, visiting Foxwoods casino, and vacations with his wife and family. He and his wife entertained many with their jitterbug dance to "In the Mood." He was a member of the former Berkeley Club, and Concordia Club, of Lawrence, Mass. Bob was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots.
Bob will be remembered for his loving manner, kind heart, sense of humor, and his devotion to his family, of whom he was always willing to tell you how proud he was.
He is survived by his loving wife, Billie Alice (Todd) Scharn, of Haverhill; his son, Robert J. Scharn Jr., and his wife, Coleen (Bodenrader), of Haverhill; his daughters, Stacey (Scharn) Lavigne, and her husband, James, of Jackson, Mich., and Tammy (Scharn) Serverius, and her husband, Timothy, of Haverhill; as well as his grandchildren, Scott, (and his wife Alie), Todd and Amber Lavigne, Matthew Scharn, Erin, and Emma Serverius; and his great-granddaughter, Lillian Lavigne. He is also the brother of Mary Hentz of Billerica, twin brother Harold Scharn, and his wife Pixie, of Lawrence, Frank Pohle, and his wife, Hannah, of Vancouver, Wash., and the late Rose Womble of Lowell, Frederick and Raymond Scharn, of Lawrence. He is also survived by many, many godchildren, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Breen Funeral Home.
Friends and family are invited to visit on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 122 Amesbury Street, Lawrence, MA. For more information, or to send an online condolence, please visit www.breenfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 4, 2018
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