Frances A. Challmes, a former saleswoman and secretary for a variety of Baltimore businesses, died yesterday of heart failure at her Towson home. She was 79.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Challmes will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Govans, 5502 York Road, where she had been a parishioner.
Born in Baltimore, the former Frances Tiralla attended St. Martin's parochial school in West Baltimore -- but had to cut short her education after contracting tuberculosis and living for seven years at the old Mount Wilson Sanitorium.
She met her future husband, Ambrose J. Challmes, at Mount Wilson, where he had been a patient and then worked as a nursing aide and assistant for 40 years.
Mrs. Challmes was a federal employee during World War II, a saleswoman for the old Robert Hall clothing store in Govans, and just before her retirement in the early 1970s, a secretary at L. Greif & Bros. clothing manufacturers.
She was a devoted fan of University of Notre Dame football and the old Baltimore Colts. She was frying eggs in the kitchen of her former home on McCabe Avenue in Govans when fullback Alan Ameche scored the winning touchdown in the 1958 overtime championship game, and was so excited that she threw the frying pan in the air and the eggs stuck to the ceiling.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of 44 years, are a son, Joseph J. Challmes of Hanover, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Ella Frances Wozny of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to the Stella Maris Hospice Care Program.