Joan Colette Scharadin

April 23, 1932April 4, 2021

Joan Colette Scharadin, 88, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021, at UPMC Pinnacle Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg. Born April 23, 1932, in Philadelphia, PA, she was a daughter of the late John V. Zerr and Colette C. (Cloman) Zerr.

Joan graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School and the Harrisburg Area Community College in May 1977. She retired as a ER Head Charge Nurse from UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital in 1997 with over 25 years of service. She was affiliated with Boy Scouts of America and the Progress Fire Company.

Surviving are her children, Virginia Deasey, Majorie Umlauf, Susan Scharadin-Jordan and husband Harold, Samuel Scharadin, Jr. and wife Patti, Robert Scharadin and wife Valerie, and Charles Scharadin and wife Claudette; her sister, Rosemary Ryan and husband Tony; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; many loving relatives; and scores of devoted friends and colleagues.

Joan was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Samuel Scharadin, Sr.; grandson, Joshua Umlauf; sister, Judy Gomez; and brothers, John and Charles Zerr.

A private family service will be held at Cremation & Burial Society of PA, Inc., 4100 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Feeding America: Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.


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April 9, 2021

I always enjoyed coming over during Christmas to see the nutcrackers. I have had one on a shelf for the last 10 years I was going to drop by but never found the time. It is a nurse, I found it in Virginia when I lived there. You have been missed by me and will continue to be missed.

Garry Ruper

April 8, 2021

Many a Sunday, playing various card and board games over the last 15+ years, watching her laugh or get mad at me over a card played. Having various holidays celebrations at her and Sam's home. This was especially true of her annual Halloween parties. Always coming up with a new costume and playing her memory game. RIP my friend, hope you and Sam are having fun together again.

Dennis Pletz

April 8, 2021

Joan and I have been friends since I have been 12. We worked together on Medic 3 when it was a chase truck. Sam Sr. was my scout master and I followed with him as a leader. Visited over the years and maintained a close relationship until her passing. I plan to continue the frindship with the family until my passing and beyond. RIP Joan till we meet again.