Jean Schertler, Washington area actress, 90

January 13

Jean Schertler, a Washington area stage actress who appeared in numerous productions by the Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Center and the Washington Stage Guild, died Dec. 19 at the Washington Home hospice. She was 90.

The cause was a stroke, said her daughter Helen Bridge.

Mrs. Schertler performed on regional stages and dinner theater productions in a career spanning five decades, in works ranging from Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” to Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Her role in a 1995 episode of the Baltimore-based “Homicide” police show led to work as a Virgin Mary-obsessed grandmother in John Waters’s Baltimore farce “Pecker” (1998) and then to her role as Julia Roberts’s grandmother in the comedy “Runaway Bride” (1999).

Jean Marie Broker was a native of Fergus Falls, Minn., and a 1945 speech and hearing science graduate of the University of Minnesota. She later did graduate work in theater arts at Catholic University.

A longtime District resident, she was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and a volunteer at the Zacchaeus Soup Kitchen.

Her husband of 62 years, Leon A. Schertler, died in 2011. Survivors include six children, Helen Bridge of Little Compton, R.I., Barbara Faith of San Diego, Nancy Schertler of Newburg, Md., Steve Schertler of Olney, Md., Tony Schertler of St. Paul, Minn., and John Schertler of Upper Marlboro, Md.; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

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