Josephine Scheffenacker, 66, restored historic home

February 27, 2003

Josephine Scheffenacker, 66, restored historic home

Josephine Butler Scheffenacker, who restored an Eastern Shore historic home, died Sunday of heart failure at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Fla. The Chestertown resident was 66.

Born Josephine Butler in Baltimore and raised in Guilford, she was a 1954 graduate of Bryn Mawr School, the year she made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon. She studied landscape painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Mrs. Scheffenacker played golf throughout her life. Her father, the late Thomas Butler, was chairman of the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. and chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., during the 1960s.

She collected antique furniture for Frisby House, the 1770 Chestertown home she renovated and opened for the town's annual tour.

She was a past president of the Town and Country Garden Club of Baltimore and a past board member of the Woman's Industrial Exchange on Charles Street. She also belonged to the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, the Chester River Yacht and Country Club, the Chestertown Historical Society and the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pa.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

Mrs. Scheffenacker is survived by her husband of 45 years, David P. Scheffenacker, a real estate developer; a son, David P. Scheffenacker Jr. of Owings Mills; two daughters, Jean W. Scheffenacker of Parkton and Louise P. Prusak of Timonium; and four grandchildren.

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