From The Press of Atlantic City:

SCHILLING, HELEN S., 96, of Rydal, PA and Ocean City, died Tuesday, December 1, 1998 at her home in Ocean City.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Sarah and William Shriver. She was the wife of the late Charles Frank Schilling who died in September 1980. Mrs. Schilling graduated from Hood College in Maryland. She was in the graduating class of 1922. Since the 1930's Mrs. Schilling had taken an active role owning and operating many businesses on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, such as Shriver's Salt Water Taffy Company, Sea Side Baths, and several movie theaters, namely The Strand, Moorlyn and the Village theaters. She was also an active member and contributor to The Ocean City Tabernacle where she served on their Board of Trustees since 1981. Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services at West Laurel Hill Cemetery on Saturday, December 5, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 1998 at The Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th and Wesley Avenues, Ocean City, N.J. 08226. Contributions may be made in her memory to The Ocean City Tabernacle at the above address or to Shore Memorial Hospital, I East New York Avenue, Somers Point, N.J. 08244 or to Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001.

Arrangements by Helweg Funeral Services, Inc., Jenkintown, PA.

 

 

            Mrs. Schilling, as I knew her, was always a kind and thoughtful person.  Of course, I was only a very young employee and didn't see her often, but when she did come by the theatre she would always have a kind word.  Several times I witnessed ushers stop her at the door because she had no ticket.  They didn't know she owned the theatre, the other theatres, Shriver's, and several other parking lots and boardwalk properties.

I knew Mrs. Schilling when she was in her 80's. She was not very tall, had very thick round glasses, and wore the heaviest wool coat in the summer. When she would stop by the theatre, she would have a few simple, innocent questions.  Is this the original carpet?  Do we have many customers?  And when I organized a 50th birthday event for the Strand, she accepted the invitation and arrived with her secretary (Florence Matthews) to see the Marx Brothers.  I think she enjoyed it, and it was nice of her to come see it.  At that point in her life, she rarely got of her house overlooking the bay.

In 1988 I went to see her at home twice.  She was very gracious and welcoming, even though her recognition of me was probably fuzzy at best.  She showed me the pictures on the walls of her safari trips with her late husband, Charlie Schilling.  She invited me to sit down, complimented me on my clothes, and said she couldn't believe I was not married  (I was only 26).  She told me about her plan to sell the theatres.  She said she would sell them to any theatre operator except  the local competitors (who were later revealed to be the actual buyers).  She offered to dig up the deed for the Moorlyn to try to find the year it was built.  But sadly, I never saw her again after that visit.