Albert A. Fellner, who supplied shoppers at Baltimore's Northeast Market with custom-cut meats and homemade sausages for 30 years as the owner of Fellner's Meats, died of bladder cancer Monday at Hope Hospice in Coral Gables, Fla. The former Rosedale resident was 65.
Mr. Fellner was born in Weiden, Germany, and was 12 when he immigrated to Baltimore to join family members. He attended city public schools and spent summers on a relative's farm in Finksburg.
"He went to work at 16 for Karl Sachs, who had a stall in the Northeast Market and a shop in Hamilton," said a brother, Joseph Fellner of Baldwin.
In 1956, Mr. Fellner enlisted in the Army and earned his General Education Development diploma while serving as a paratrooper with the 82nd and 11th airborne divisions in Germany.
After leaving the Army with the rank of sergeant in 1959, he returned to his former job. He purchased the business in 1965.
Mr. Fellner rose before dawn to go to his market stall and worked until 6 p.m., when he closed for the day.
"He was a very hard-working man and good meat cutter ... and he enjoyed it," the brother said. "It was his life. He always had many customers because they knew he provided a quality product, and that gave him in turn great pleasure."
Mr. Fellner was so devoted to his work that he never let anything interfere with his livelihood.
"Saturday was the busiest day of the week, and he'd arrive at the Northeast Market at 4 a.m. If he was invited to a Saturday wedding, he wouldn't go. Work was always No. 1, and he wouldn't take the day off."
"Some of his specialties were a corned ham and crown roast of pork, which he filled with his own homemade stuffing. Our customers also liked his homemade sage, celery and Italian sausage. His kielbassa was also popular," said Dolores C. Morris, a sales clerk at Fellner's since 1983.
"He was a good businessman because he knew exactly what he was doing and he was always fair and honest when it came to the customers," Mrs. Morris said. "He was really one of the finest men I've ever known. He would never ask an employee to do anything he wouldn't do."
Mr. Fellner's five children also worked in the business.
"He was very generous and helped out the homeless and those in need. He watched out for people," said a son, Michael A. Fellner of Forest Hill.
At home, Mr. Fellner enjoyed cooking beef roasts, ribs and barbecued chicken. He was known for his creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes, family members said.
He retired and sold the business in 1995, and moved about six years ago to Port Charlotte, Fla., where he enjoyed caring for his fruit trees and saltwater fishing.
He was a member of Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Timonium Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Timonium Road.
In addition to his son and brother, Mr. Fellner is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Anne Machlinski; three other sons, James J. Fellner of Perry Hall, Douglas C. Fellner of White Marsh and Gus A. Fellner of Parkville; a daughter, Roseanne B. Gregory of Fort Myers, Fla.; another brother, Ambros Fellner of Baldwin; and eight grandchildren.