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Emmett Jerome Sharkey


1939 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Emmett Jerome Sharkey Obituary

Dr. Emmett Jerome Sharkey was born in New York City, NY, on December 21, 1939, to Emmett and Helen Sharkey. He had three sisters, Mary, Margaret, and Patricia. He grew up in a happy and loving Irish Catholic family. He went to Chaminade High School in New York, and then on to the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana. Next was Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Illinois. His internship was at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The day after his very last day of medical school, he married a registered nurse, who he met while they were both working at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She is Kathleen Therese Vertin Sharkey, and it was on June 14th, l965, Flag Day, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Minnesota. Three sons and one daughter have been born to them, Michael, Joseph, Mariah, and John. Dr. and Mrs. Sharkey retired to San Diego, CA, in 2009.

Dr. Sharkey volunteered to serve in the United States Army, and was a Medic the entire year of 1968, in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive.

Michael, his first son, married Sarah Borden Sharkey, and is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. Their children are Emmett Jerome, John Firman, Kathleen Elizabeth, Joseph Michael, and Baby Tommy, who is in Heaven.

Joseph, his second son, married Nancy Frabotta Sharkey, and is a Professor of Literature and Writing, at the University of Washington. Their children are Anthony Joseph, Roma Mariah, and Sol Vincent.

Mariah, their daughter, married Kevin Brumund, MD, and she is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the Veterans Administration Hospital here in San Diego, CA. Their children are Zephyr Sharkey, Sharkey Kathleen, and London Thomas.

John, his third son, married Leigh Eskovitz Sharkey, and he is an actor, an assistant director in Hollywood, and a member of The Directors Guild of America. Their daughter is Violet Rose. One of Emmett's and Kathleen's main joys in life is that John has played the part of Jesus in nine different productions.

Emmett's and Kathleen's lives have been blessed with joy, usually focused on all these wonderful families. And medicine, which challenged Kathleen as to who his truest love really was! He did over five thousand surgeries at Sutter North Medical, in Marysville, California, while we lived in dear Yuba City, and was a wonderful doctor who the town knew and loved. We both thank God for all His blessings; our Patriarch has "Gone North" and is with God.
Published in Appeal Democrat on Oct. 21, 2017
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