Shari Laurene Laney

December 14, 1962November 2, 2017

Shari Laney, 54, of Spotsylvania, VA (formerly of Butler, PA) was called home on November 2nd, 2017 to be with our Lord. Born on December 14th, 1962 she was the daughter of Charles and Helen (Winterhalter) Lascuola and Ron and Nancy Laney. She was the loving mother of Kristianna Marie and Adam Paul Fry of Cabot and her “adopted” daughters Jamie Bash and Tabitha Moore. She is survived by her fiancé Jeff Lerch of Spotsylvania, VA, her sisters Debi (David) Billings, Wendy (Alan) Bennett and Robin (Rob) Taylor all of Butler, PA and her half-siblings Julie (Andy) Sprang of Altoona, PA, Cindy (Mike) Kline and Rick Laney, both of Cresson, PA. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Shari loved life and lived her life with love in her heart. She had an extraordinary ability to care or those around her and bring joy into their lives. Making others happy is what made Shari happy. Her zest for life and caring nature was an inspiration to everyone she encountered. Her love for others was carried out in her career as a caregiver for both the elderly and those with special needs.

Shari was a 1980 graduate of Butler High School in Pennsylvania, and she had reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Jeff Lerch, at their 35th class reunion. She relocated to Virginia so the two could build a future together. They had recently moved into their new home and were enjoying their post-child rearing years with their beloved dog, Dallas. She was the full-time caregiver for Jeff’s father, Larry Marchyshyn who also lived in their home and whom she loved like her own father.

Shari loved to cook, and put her loving nature into everything she made. She was quick learn the favorite foods of those around her and was sure to prepare those favorites each time they or she would visit. She was an avid reader and was usually in the process of simultaneously reading multiple books. Her intuitiveness and natural intelligence was quite rare. She was often referred to by family as the first person you would call to “phone a friend” when facing a question for which you just couldn’t quite remember the answer.

The family would also like to mention that Shari’s passenger, Larry Marchyshyn, who also lost his life in the same tragedy, will be sadly missed by friends and family as well. He was a kind, sweet soul who loved family and was enjoying his life in spite of any health concerns. He always wore a smile and had a kind word for everyone around him. An Army veteran, Larry served this country with honor and we have much gratitude for his service and wish to honor his life.

Memorial services will be held at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm, and also at Grace @ Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church at 123 E Diamond Street in Butler, PA on November 15, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Her precious memory will forever be in our hearts.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 11, 2017


Shari Laurene Laney

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Heidi Miller

November 16, 2017

I will treasure in my heart all those days we worked together at Passavant Memorial Homes. I still have the recipe you wrote down for me of your peanut butter fudge that you would give to us Christmas time. Thank you for being such a wonderful, kind,loving person to work with. I miss you.

November 14, 2017

Shari You will be so much Missed I remember first meeting you at Bauman's and the long wonderful talks we used to have you told me so much of your children then i got to meet them Kristina and Adam .They are two beautiful young Adults you did a great job. Miss Ya Sue Stewart

David Billings

November 10, 2017

To my dearest sister-in-law, Shari.
Your huge heart will be greatly missed by all. You have left a hole in our family and we are not complete without you. RIP. Love, David Billings

Donna Cranmer

November 9, 2017

Shari, your friends & family will miss you greatly. Rest In Peace, cousin.

Angel Bloczynski

November 9, 2017

I'll never forget our very first meeting! I fell in love with you immediately. Your warm, intelligent and effervescent personality is like a magnet. I'm so honored and blessed to call you friend! I miss you so much and wish we had more time to spend together here on Earth but I know we will have eternity in Gods Kingdom to enjoy each other's company. Rest In Peace sweet angel. I'll keep an eye on Jeff. I love you, Shari ! Larry, you are a loving, kind man who's had his share of trials and pain in this life but you were always able to tackle those challenges with that wonderful smile! You are with your beloved again and I know your smile is ten miles wide now. Rest In Peace dear friend!

Helen Lascuola

November 9, 2017


You were a bright candle in our lives. Our lives will be a little dimmer without you.

We always loved you and will always miss you.

Mom & Chuck

Deborah Billings

November 9, 2017

Shari, you left us far too soon, but you were always right where you needed to be to comfort others. I know that is still true.

All my sisterly love,

Becky Pangburn

November 8, 2017

Shari, sweet Shari. Such a kind, loving, giving, and beautiful person. No words can express how much we will all miss you. You were always smiling and I will never forget you. Rest In Peace my friend.

Seth Bennett

November 7, 2017

I remember Shari from our holiday get togethers she was a big part of our family and surely will be missed Huggs to the family

Samantha Robinson

November 7, 2017

Shari you are a amazing person that opened by dad back up. You made him happy and loved him. Grandpa Larry you were always full of life since I was little. I love you both. Rest easy.