Frieda Schellhase, widow of restaurateur

November 02, 2012|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Frieda Schellhase, who worked alongside her husband at the well-known German restaurant he operated in downtown Baltimore, died of heart failure Oct. 30 at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. The Annapolis-area resident was 91.

Frieda Gause was born in Baltimore and raised on Wilkens Avenue. She was a 1939 Western High School graduate. She met her future husband, Otto Schellhase, at the youth fellowship at St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

After their 1941 marriage and raising her two sons, she became a hostess at the family restaurant, Schellhase's at 412 N. Howard St. The restaurant was known for its traditional German menu of sour beef and dumplings, oysters, wiener schnitzel, chilled beer and Maryland rye. The restaurant closed in 1980.

Mrs. Schellhase enjoyed dressmaking, knitting and making craft items.

She was a former Ednor Gardens resident.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lasting Tributes, 814 Bestgate Road in Annapolis.

Survivors include two sons, Robert O. Schellhase of Severna Park and Ronald J. Schellhase of Bethesda; a sister, Hilda Gause of Lutherville; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. Her husband of 64 years died in 2005.

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