SHARTZER, M. ALLEN formerly of Kent Heights, died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Coventry Health Center with his wife Alice (Areknaz Melkonian) Shartzer by his side. He celebrated his 83rd birthday on May 24th with his family. He was born in 1929 in Akron, Ohio to Daniel Owen Shartzer and Margaret Ann Dean Shartzer. The Enlow family settled in 1630 in Farmington, Fayette County, PA. His grandmother was Millie May Enlow Shartzer, grandfather Marcellus Shartzer and grandmother Harriet "Haddie" Dean. Allen graduated from Central High School in Akron, Ohio. He served 4 years in the US Navy -VP24- where he specialized in airplane maintenance. He later worked at Pratt Whitney in East Hartford, CT. While in the Navy Allen met Alice at Quonset Point. They later married at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church where Allen was also baptized. His in-laws Stephen and Vartanoosh "Rose" Melkonian welcomed him into the Armenian family. Allen graduated from Bryant College with a degree in accounting. Allen owned and managed Mark Allen's Dartmouth Apartments in Providence for 40 years, while he was a union carpenter. He also owned and managed Chase Auto Body Works for 20 years alongside his wife. Later in his career he worked as a blackjack dealer at Foxwoods Resorts & Casino in CT and with the RIPTA RIDE Program. Allen was a member of AASR Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA since 1984 at 32rd Degree Fellowship and served as President for one year. He was a member of "HYE" Hackers Golf League for 25 years and many bowling leagues in Rhode Island. Allen was supportive of his children's sports, art, and cultural activities at East Providence Sr. High School, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian and Sunday Schools, AYF and Camp Haiastan. Allen is survived by his wife Alice; children, Cynthia L. Shartzer and son-in-law Brian Green of Lima, Peru, Linda Rose Shartzer of Houston, TX, and Stephen AM Shartzer and daughter-in-law Stacey AF Shartzer and granddaughters Alexandra Vartanoosh Davidian Shartzer and Victoria Josephine Melkonian Shartzer, all of Danville, CA. He is also survived by his sister Harriet Shartzer Reynolds of Akron, OH and over 20 nieces and nephews, including David and Stephanie Emerian of Cranston. Allen is predeceased by his brothers Fred and Ewart and sisters Barbara and Janet. Allen taught his children to persevere when they fall and gave them wings to fly and grow. He persevered until his last day. He will join his mother who passed when he was 10 years old and now he can rest in peace. He will be truly missed. His funeral will begin Friday at 10am from the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence, with a Funeral Service at 11am in Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 420 Broadway, Providence. Burial will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery, Rumford.
Published in The Providence Journal on June 12, 2012