Helen Lee Ruehl, a homemaker and former co-owner of a Frederick roller skating rink, died of heart failure Thursday at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. She was 81.
She was born Helen Lee Pfeiffer and raised in West Baltimore, and she graduated from Western High School in 1938. She briefly worked in Baltimore for the Household Finance Corp.
Mrs. Ruehl, who had lived in Frederick since 1977, had formerly resided in Ellicott City and Allentown, Pa. She was married in 1941 to William F. Ruehl, a welding company executive, who survives her.
In the 1970s, the couple and their son purchased Skatehaven, a Frederick roller rink they owned and operated until selling the business in the 1990s.
She was a volunteer and member of the board of the Jeanne Bussard Center in Frederick, which helps provide training, education and employment opportunities for the disabled. She was also former president of the auxiliary of the National Lutheran Home in Rockville.
She enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid golfer.
Mrs. Ruehl was a member of the Second Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in the chapel of the National Lutheran Home, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, William F. Ruehl Jr. of Myersville; a daughter, Susan R. Clack of Columbia; a sister, Joan Worrell of Breckenridge, Colo.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.