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William E. Grimm

Restaurant owner

William "Bill" Edwin Grimm, a Hampden restaurant owner famous for his fried oysters, died Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- better known as Lou Gehrig's disease -- at the Stella Maris Hospice. He was 79.

A lifelong Hampden resident, he attended Baltimore City College. He then went to work at Grimm's Restaurant, at Falls Road and 36th Street, which was started in 1910 by his parents, the late Nettie Baseman and William E. Grimm.

He took over the restaurant in 1962, shortly after his father's death, and became known as the Oyster King by his customers and friends who favored his fried oysters.

Mr. Grimm retired in 1979, closing what was then the oldest restaurant in the area.

In his later years, Mr. Grimm and his wife, the former Marian Warner, whom he married in 1946, enjoyed regular weekend visits to Atlantic City.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Ronald Edwin Grimm of Baltimore; two sisters, Helen Grimm Lewis of Sharptown and Jane Grimm Fout of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Services will be private.

A. J. Guttenberger

Insurance supervisor

A Mass of Christian burial for Andrew J. Guttenberger, a retired office supervisor for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 600 S. Conkling St., Highlandtown.

Mr. Guttenberger, who was 87, died Thursday at St. Agnes Hospital of complications from diabetes.

Born in Baltimore, he attended Sacred Heart of Jesus School and lived much of his life in the Highlandtown home that also had belonged to his parents.

He worked 49 years for Metropolitan Life. He was a third-degree member of the Santa Maria Council of the Highlandtown Knights of Columbus and a member of the Holy Name Society of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

Mr. Guttenberger and his wife of 52 years, the former Margaret Scheller, moved to an apartment in Arbutus four years ago.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Catherine Gabriel of Arbutus and Barbara Schumacher of Monroe, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 600 S. Conkling St., Highlandtown 21224.

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