July 18, 1931 - October 25, 2017
Service: December 9, 2007 at 1 pm at Sherwood Oaks.
Albert Lyman Schartner, the beloved husband of Kathleen McBride Schartner, died October 25, 2017, at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. He was born in Wakefield, RI on July 18, 1931. He was the loving father of Dale E. (Martha Steele) of Beaver, Carl W. (Cynthia Bean) of Highland Park, and Beth Anne Lawson (H. Jeffrey) of Sarasota, FL, and the proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren. Following the death of his parents, Albert Carl Schartner and Ella May Cook Schartner, Al was adopted in 1938 by an aunt and uncle, William and Elizabeth Wright.
After attending the Boston University College of General Education, he received a B.A. in English from Westminster College, and B.D. and M.Div. degrees from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as well as an M.A. in Health Care Administration and Gerontology from the University of North Texas. After their marriage in 1954, Albert served seven years as pastor of the Bethel U.P. Church in Irwin, PA. Called by Carlisle Presbytery, he was employed for more than 30 years as CEO of Presbyterian Senior Living (formerly known as Presbyterian Homes, Inc.) developing retirement communities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, and Maryland. During these years, he served on the Presbyterian Board of Pensions and as President of the Board of Education of the Northern York School District and as President of the Carlisle Rotary Club. Returning to the Pittsburgh area upon retirement, his activities have included service as consultant and planner with Executive Service Corps and Board President and violinist with both the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and the Tuesday Musical Club.
A Memorial Service will be held at Sherwood Oaks on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. and interment will be in the Pleasant Street Cemetery in South Berlin, MA where Albert and Kathleen’s first child Amy Louise was interred in 1958. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sherwood Oaks Scholarship Fund for student employees. Arrangements entrusted to DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY.