Marianne Zieren Wilke, who operated a popular Northeast Baltimore neighborhood restaurant, died Sunday of complications of heart disease at her home in Mayfield. She was 86.
Mrs. Wilke and her late husband Anton, whom she married in 1933, founded Wilke's Restaurant in the late 1940s in the 3500 block of Belair Road. The restaurant, which featured German zTC cuisine, closed in the mid-1960s.
"She did everything, which is the way it is when you own and operate your own restaurant," said her son, Josef W. Wilke of Cambridge. "They served a veal dish that was so enormous that diners could seldom finish it."
A native of Niedermarsburg in Westphalia, Germany, she studied at schools there and in convent schools in the Netherlands.
The former Marianne Zieren immigrated to Baltimore in 1933 and settled in East Baltimore. She had been a resident of Mayfield for more than 40 years.
"My mother's life was devoted exclusively, in the old German tradition, to work," said her son. "The only day she could really relax was Christmas Day because the restaurant was closed. She also enjoyed gardening."
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 4430 Belair Road.
Other survivors include a sister, Loni Graf of Niedermarsburg; and two grandchildren.