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Virginia Susan Scharf
  • Center Line Lions Club
    25355 Lawrence
    Center Line, MI 48015
  • Henry Ford Hospice Care
    33464 Schoenherr Road - Suite 140
    Sterling Heights, MI 48312

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“I remember the good times at the bowling alley Blackie and Otto were good friends---YOU WILL BE MISSED------BERNICE CAVACECEYY ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: BERNICE CAVACECE - MI - Friend

“I remember the good times at the bowling alley Blackie and Otto were good friends---YOU WILL BE M------BERNICE CAVACECEYY ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: BERNICE CAVACECE - MI - Friend

“Virginia (Mom) Scharf, you have left so many people with such wonderful memories of you. Such a wonderful mother, friend, and supporter of the...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Kathy Hahn - Southfield, MI

“Virginia (Mom) Scharf, you have left so many people with such wonderful memories of you. Such a wonderful mother, friend, and supporter of the...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Kathy Hahn - Southfield, MI

“So sorry for your loss. Heaven has a new angle. God bless you all ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Mr and Mrs. Bryan Tieppo - MI

Virginia Susan Scharf, age 90 of Center Line, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 24, 1927 in Center Line, daughter of the late Anthony and the late Martina (nee: Grobbel) Vohs.

You might not have known her personally,…but if you are a citizen of Center Line and the south end of Warren, you just may have come into contact with Virginia in the establishment that she and her husband, Otto owned on the corner of 10 Mile & Sherwood Avenue, "Scharf's Service & Fuel Oil,"…a.k.a. Scharf's Diesel Stop. A Center Line landmark for decades, Virginia spent over 55 years pouring the better part of her blood, sweat & tears into the operation of their business and keeping it the thriving success it was for many of the residential and commercial customers alike. Being the community and customer oriented proprietor's they were, Scharf's offered so much more than their outstanding products,…they were friends to all as well.

Between raising a family, keeping her household running smooth, and assisting at the station, Virginia worked very hard and diligently to maintain an optimum outcome for all. So in an effort to achieve a balance within, Virginia enjoyed some escapes and pastimes that made all that hard work worthwhile. One of these entailed hoping in the car and heading north to the family's cottage in West Branch. One merely needs to venture beyond the outskirts of Bay City to appreciate the difference between the concrete jungle and the backwoods splendor of Michigan's Up North experience. Still a bit of the city feel, but a lot less encumbered than navigating horrendous traffic, West Branch was her home away from home and afforded her the peacefulness and serenity that evened the field. There's nothing quite like exchanging the hectic pace of the city for a bit of "country quiet,"…and Virginia lived for every opportunity she was given to enjoy a little Cottage Kick-Back Time.

Another of her favorite things to do was golf, a bit of sport and recreation wrapped up into one. Though she could swing a club anywhere, it was the course at Bello Woods in Macomb Township where she participated in league play and honed her skills over the years. There's many kinds of sports that leave a person spent and exhausted, but that's the glory of golf,…to find a friend on a sunny day and hit the links in search of that elusive Hole-in-One. FORE!

Then there was Virginia's other sporting pleasure,…bowling. One of those All-American favorites, it was yet again a low-exertion version of having fun and sharing a little friendly competition that Virginia found both entertaining and rewarding,…the latter of which truly made a difference in her life. You see,…it was on one fateful night that Virginia would make the acquaintance of a dashing young man by the name of Otto, one of those aforementioned "friendly competitors" at the lanes. After many years and a lifetime of love, they could both look back and remember meeting at the bowling alley and embarking on a journey together they didn't even see coming. Many go bowling in search of that Big 300 Game, but Virginia bagged the most important prize of all the day she looked into Otto's eyes and said, "I do."

And telling the story of Virginia just wouldn't be replete without mentioning some of the greatest loves of her life, her precious pets. She loved animals in general, but shared quite a soft spot in her heart for those furry (& feathery) friends with whom she shared her home. From her cat, Daisy…to her dog, Rex…and last, but not least, her African Gray Parrot, Zelda. Though she loved them all equally, one couldn't help but witness the "special" bond she shared with Zelda. Not only has Zelda emanated many of the words picked up from Virginia,…the kids swear that the bird sounds like Virginia as well. Now THAT'S a sense of humor! Not only can Zelda talk, she's mastered the Master. And somewhere up above, Virginia is having quite the chuckle.

Yet of all the joy-filled and pleasure enhancing moments in Virginia's life, there's nothing that could match the love she felt and held for her family and friends. She gave so much of herself without expecting anything in return, and touched a multitude of hearts and souls in the process. She always set an example, strove to be her best, and leaves behind a storehouse of wonderful memories in her wake. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Virginia was the beloved wife of the late Otto, and loving mother of Julie, Karl, and Kurt. She was the proud grandmother of Crissy, Jake, and Karly, and dear sister of Arleen (Tom), Rose, Marilyn, and Tom (Don) Vohs. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation for Virginia will be held Sunday, October 1st from 3-9 pm, with a 7 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren. She will lie in state on Monday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church - St. Clement Campus in Center Line.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Alzheimer's Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033,…the Center Line Lions Club, c/o the Center Line Recreation Center, 25355 Lawrence St., Center Line, MI 48015,…or to Henry Ford Hospice Care, 33464 Schoenherr Road, Suite 140, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.

Please share memories at Virginia's memory book above.