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The Rev. Eugene F. Sharkey Jr. Former Messiah Lutheran Church pastor

The Rev. Eugene F. Sharkey Jr., 73, of Bethlehem, died Nov. 9, 2023, in his home. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he was a son of the late Eugene F. Sr. and Anna (Malloy) Sharkey.

He was a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.

He earned master’s degrees from the University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Albright College and the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary.

He began his ministry at Grace Lutheran Church, Gouldsboro. He then served more than 35 years at the former Messiah Lutheran Church, now Blessed Trinity Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, where he was named Pastor Emeritus. He was in- to the Northampton County Prison educational program, “Get A Life,” in which he helped inmates learn to read, write, fill out applications and other life skills needed for their education.

He is survived by four sons, Glenn Bell (Patricia) of East Greenville, Jason Powell-Sharkey of Bethlehem, Andy Powell, with whom he resided; and Eric Kromer of Hadley, Massachusetts; a sister, Anne Stocker of Sunbury; two brothers, Keith and Ron Gilkey; four grandchildren Jason Jr., Jessica, Julie and Jacy; nieces; and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Sharkey.

Contributions may be sent to the Northampton County Prison Ministry, Hogar Crea or the Center for Animal Health and Welfare.

Arrangements were made by Pearson Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.