Frank Schillega, 88, dry cleaner Frank Schillega...

September 08, 2000

Frank Schillega, 88, dry cleaner

Frank Schillega, former owner of North Point Laundry and Dry Cleaning Center in Dundalk, died Aug. 31 of Alzheimer's disease at the home of a daughter in Aiken, S.C. He was 88.

The former Parkville resident, who had lived in Aiken since 1991, established the laundry and dry cleaning service in the North Point Shopping Center in the early 1950s. He sold the business and retired in 1975.

Before opening his own business, Mr. Schillega worked for Archer's Laundry and in the laundry departments of Church & Home Hospital and the Emerson Hotel.

Born in Northampton, Pa., as a youth he ran away from home and came to Baltimore, where he attended city public schools. In the 1930s, he was a member of the Maryland National Guard.

During World War II, he was an air-raid warden and worked as a welder at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Fairfield shipyards and later at Bendix Aviation calibrating instruments.

A longtime member of the North Point Optimist Club, he was married for many years to the former Verna Kraus. She died in 1982. He was married in 1984 to Margaret Dell. She died in 1988.

While living in Maryland, he was a member of North Avenue United Methodist Church and Hiss United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be held a 1 p.m. tomorrow at Gardens of Faith Memorial Gardens, 5598 Trumps Mill Road, Baltimore.

Mr. Schillega is survived by a son, Frank B. Schillega of Baltimore; two daughters, Roberta Key of Aiken and Selvin Hayes of Ocean View, Del.; two brothers, Howard Moser of Canton, Ohio, and Stephen Hafner of Hudson, N.Y.; two sisters, Mildred Devereaux and Margaret Berring, both of Canton, Ohio; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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