Erna Schirokauer, 99, German teacher, weaver


Erna Schirokauer, a retired German teacher and weaver, died of heart failure Saturday at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 99 and formerly a longtime Northeast Baltimore resident.

She was born Erna Selo in Brussels, Belgium, and raised and educated in Berlin. She had a program for children on German radio for several years before moving to Italy in 1937 to escape Adolf Hitler.

She and her husband, Arno Schirokauer, whom she married in 1927, moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1939, when he joined the faculty of Southwestern University.

He later taught at Kenyon College and Yale University before coming to Baltimore in 1945 as a German professor - and later becoming department chairman - at the Johns Hopkins University. He died in 1954.

Mrs. Schirokauer taught German from 1945 to 1969 at Bryn Mawr School, where she initiated a program of beginning language instruction in kindergarten. She returned to teaching at the North Baltimore private school from 1971 to 1976, and also taught at Goucher College and Hopkins.

In addition to weaving, she enjoyed gardening and listening to the Saturday afternoon broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera Company.

She had attended the Stony Run Friends Meeting.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Mrs. Schirokauer is survived by a son, Conrad M. Schirokauer of Englewood, N.J.; a daughter, Annette C. Goodell of Baltimore; a brother, Max Moser of Brazil; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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