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SCHERTLER JEAN B. SCHERTLER (Age 90) Died peacefully on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at The Washington Home in Washington, DC. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Leon A. Schertler and her brother, James F. Broker. She is survived by her six children, daughters, Helen Bridge (Fred), Barbara Faith (Chuck) and Nancy Schertler (Howard Dent) and sons, Steve Schertler (Laura), Tony Schertler (Greta) and John Schertler (Ruth Yamamoto); her seven grandchildren, Megan (Chris), Charlie, Caroline, Duncan, Walker, Luke, and Lily; and her sister, Helen Broker. Born October 14, 1923 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to Dr. Walter S. Broker and Marie Barrett Broker, Jean was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. After their marriage Jean and Leon lived in Germany where her first child was born, and settled in Washington DC where she raised their family. An actress as well as a homemaker, Jean appeared on both stage and screen. In the winter of her career, she held featured roles in the movies Runaway Bride and Pecker. Jean was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Soup Kitchen Ministry for nearly a decade, helping distribute food at the Zacchaeus Soup Kitchen on Monday mornings. A memorial service to celebrate Jean's life will be held in the chapel at The Monsignor Thomas Duffy Parish Center next to Blessed Sacrament Church, 3630 Quesada St., NW, Washington, DC at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014, followed by a reception. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Thrive DC which now manages the meal programs started by Zacchaeus Soup Kitchen. For donation information please visit the Thrive DC website at:

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 29, 2013
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