I learned today that I didn't really know Charlie. Not like his family did. I believe I met Drew about the time the Alzheimer's began. Charlie was a kind, happy man. He always greeted me with a smile and a hug. He liked to laugh and make faces, especially at the grandkids! But I didn't know the man in his prime. That is unfortunate, because he sounds even more wonderful than the sweet man I will remember.
Robyn, Drew's mother and Charlie's wife for over 40 years, is a strong and caring woman. She took care of Charlie for as long as she could. I'm certain that when the VA came to evaluate him if they hadn't stepped up and said, "It's time for us to take him now," she'd have kept caring for him up until the very end. He spent the last month of his life under the excellent care of the VA Hospital.
It's sad to lose a loved one, but it's worse to watch it happen. Instead of spending Christmas at the hospital or waiting at home for the dreaded phone call, Robyn will be spending it for the first time with my brother-in-law Pete and his family. This has been a very tough holiday, but come Christmas morning it will be a peaceful one for the Scharoun family.
At least until the grandkids wake up. Good luck Robyn!!
Charles E. "Charlie" Scharoun
SYRACUSE - Charles E. 'Charlie' Scharoun, 81, passed into the care of the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. Charlie, son of William and Helen Scharoun, was born on July 23, 1930 and grew up on the Northside of Syracuse. Charlie proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Charlie was an electrical technician by trade and worked for General Electric in Syracuse for more than 40 years, retiring in 1994. Charlie was predeceased by his parents, brother, Frederick and sister, Dorothea. He is survived by Robyn, his wife of 42 years; sons, Andrew (Stephanie) Scharoun, of Auburn, and Peter (Maureen) Scharoun, of Onondaga; and grandsons, Keegan and Casey Scharoun. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Edward J. Ryan & Son Funeral Home, 3180 Bellevue Ave. A funeral mass will be celebrated on 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 at Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery in Syracuse. In lieu of flowers, donations that are made to St. Francis Social Adult Day Care, 1108 Court St., Syracuse, NY 13208 would be appreciated. The family would also like to thank the staff at VA Hospital in Syracuse for the wonderful and professional care they provided for Charlie in his final days.