Thomas F. Zimmerman, 78, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God for 26 years, died Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Mo. Mr. Zimmerman was elected to the church's highest office in 1959 and served longer in the position than anyone else, retiring in 1985. During that time, membership in the Pentecostal denomination grew from 8,239 churches with 503,632 members to 10,582 churches with 1,189,243 members.
Joseph T. Sharkey, 97, who was prominent in Brooklyn Democratic politics for more than three decades and president of the New York City Council from 1949 to 1951, died of a respiratory ailment Tuesday at the St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. He lived in Brooklyn. For 33 years he was on the City Council and its predecessor, the Board of Aldermen. He was the council's majority leader from 1940 through 1961. He remained a council member until 1965, when he retired to devote full time to a second career in banking.
Renato Rascel, 78, an Italian entertainer who wrote the hit song "Arrivederci Roma" ("Goodbye to Rome"), died of arteriosclerosis Wednesday in a Rome hospital. The song, which became synonymous with Italy for many who never went there, was composed in 1960 when Mr. Rascel was feeling homesick after a show in Milan. Mr. Rascel began his career as a circus clown. He starred in a string of musicals and films including "Il Cappotto" ("The Coat") and "La Strana Coppia" ("The Strange Couple").