Theodore Anthony Scharfenstein

September 2, 2023

Theodore Anthony Scharfenstein, 84, of Charlotte NC, passed away September 2, 2023.

He was born August 25,1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Ted graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida Southern College in 1961 and earned his MBA from George Washington University in 1968. He has been married to Madeline Sonneborn Scharfenstein since June 3, 1967.

Ted spent the majority of his career in hospital administration, primarily as CEO of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Ma from 1974-1989. Active in his community, Ted was a member of the Rockport National Bank Board of Directors from 1983-2014, serving as Chairman for 12 years. Additionally, he had a lifelong connection to his college fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, holding both paid and volunteer positions since his initiation in 1958, with his last act of service in February 2023.

A devoted family man, Ted was happiest when he was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Madeline, two children, TJ and Mary Ebert; two grandchildren, McKenna and Zachary Ebert; and great-grandson, Colton Wheeler.

A memorial service will be held at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a donation to Pi Kappa Phi Foundation or The Wounded Warriors Project.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service. 1321 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Tom and Travis Underhill

    Madeline, we were deeply saddened to hear about Ted's passing. He was always so friendly in addition to being very intelligent. I learned quite a lot from him over the years.
    If there is anything I can do to help you in Fancy Gap regarding your cabin, I am happy to do so.

  • Carol and Winston Hodges

    Madeline, we just heard about Ted. So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed time spent with you on the mountain. He will be missed.

  • nancy strisik (Mrs. Paul Strisik)

    To the Scharfenstein family:
    My sincere condolences to you Madeline, and your family. I was
    very sorry to read about Ted's passing. He was an outstanding, brilliant man
    who helped many organizations during his lifetime. As I remember him, he was a Gentle=Man and respected. Rockport Art Association & Museum will remember his suggestions and help so many years ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Daryl and Richard Price

    So sorry to hear the sad news. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ronald (Ron) St. Peter

    My condolences to the family of Ted Scharfenstein. I worked at Addison Gilbert Hospital for 37 as head chef and remember with admiration Ted. God Bless him.