Jes­sica A. Schuler, long­time shop owner

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - —Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Jes­sica A. Schuler, for­mer owner of Sun­ny­fields Inc., a Bare Hills gift and wed­ding reg­istry busi­ness, died Aug. 28 of heart fail­ure at her Peo­ria, Ariz. home. She was 78.

The daugh­ter of Lester Hel­frich, a Dow Chem­i­cal Co. plant man­ager, and Myrtle Hel­frich, a store owner, Jes­sica Ann Hel­frich was born in Bal­ti­more.

She was raised in Anne Arun­del County at Sun­ny­fields, her fam­ily’s Glen Burnie farm, and grad­u­ated from Glen Burnie High School.

Her mother es­tab­lished an in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing and an­tiques busi­ness in 1947 in a ten­ant house on the fam­ily farm. As the busi­ness ex­panded, she moved it to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Falls Road in Bare Hills to be closer to her client base in Roland Park and Guil­ford.

Mrs. Schuler worked for a decade as the up­per-school li­brar­ian at St. Paul’s School in Brook­landville.

Af­ter her mother’s death in 1984, she took over op­er­a­tion of Sun­ny­fields with a son, David Schuler, and trans­formed it from an in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing and an­tiques firm to its cur­rent fo­cus on wed­ding reg­istries and gifts.

She re­tired in 2014 and sold the busi­ness to Del­bert Adams Con­struc­tion Group LLC, also lo­cated in Bare Hills, which has con­tin­ued its op­er­a­tion.

Upon her re­tire­ment, the for­mer Owings Mills, Stoneleigh and Ti­mo­nium res­i­dent moved to Peo­ria, where she was ac­tive as a vol­un­teer with Meals on Wheels and the Ki­wa­nis Mar­ket­place in Phoenix.

Mrs. Schuler en­joyed trav­el­ing by train. In June, she boarded a Via Rail pas­sen­ger train that op­er­ated over the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­road from Van­cou­ver to Toronto, then trav­eled by bus to New York City, where she vis­ited fam­ily be­fore re­turn­ing home.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Satur­day at the St. Paul’s School chapel, 11152 Falls Road, Brook­landville.

She is sur­vived by two sons, Steve Schuler of Tow­son and Michael Schuler of Boze­man, Mont.; two broth­ers, George Hel­frich of White Sands, Ariz., and Thomas Hel­frich of Belle­vue, Ill.; and five grand­chil­dren. Her son David died in 2012. Her mar­riage to Bruce Schuler ended in di­vorce.

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