Cherlein Scharpe, 86

Homemaker and seamstress who loved to dance

November 10, 2006

Cherlein Scharpe, a homemaker who enjoyed baking, sewing and dancing, died Monday at Stella Maris Hospice from complications of a fall she suffered a month ago. She was 86 and lived in Carney.

The former Cherlein Augusta Beckmann was born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus. She was 1937 graduate of Catonsville High School, and worked briefly as a Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. operator in downtown Baltimore before her 1940 marriage to William T. Scharpe, a Glenn L. Martin Co. procurement employee.

Family members said she baked Christmas cookies, Swedish tea rings and sticky buns.

"Christmas was her season and she was Santa's elf," said a daughter, Barbara B. Offermann of Port Angeles, Wash. "Each season she sewed outfits for us. She was an expert seamstress and was a 100 percent homemaker."

Mrs. Scharpe enjoyed dancing and belonged to the Kickers Club, a German-American organization that sponsors a soccer team.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, where she was a member.

Survivors include another daughter, Linda M. Corbett of Timonium; a brother, Charles Dehne of Severna Park; two sisters, Elva Ruggiano of Bakersfield, Vt., and Doris Priebe of Arbutus; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a step-great-grandson. Her husband died in 1995.

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