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1 of 7 | Posted by: Richard Kierzek - Marquette, MI

“My sincerest sympathies to "Mrs." Schellhase who was a teacher of mine in high school(one of my favorites). After h.s. I went on to NMU(1986) and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Brett Rantanen

“It was an honor & privilege to be of service to Ken, Ellie & Kerry for the past two months. It was a journey fill with the full spectrum of life....Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Biddy Weisinger

“"Zig-Zag Rabbit" (AKA "Shifty" in pool circles) claimed that (when smoking in class was still allowed) he would let the ash on his cigarette grow to...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Old Paul

“Ken was a scholar and a teacher of the old school, and his passion for learning inspired generations of students both inside and outside the...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Chet DeFonso

“Your words certainly ring true. Ken was always an educator and we had many discussions pertaining both to art and science that I came away from with...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Buzz and Becky Berube

“Ellie and family,<br />Bill and I are so sorry to hear about Den's passing. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.<br /><br />...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: William & Janis Book - MI


Kenneth Charles Schellhase, 76, passed away on May 2, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer in the care of his beloved wife, Dorothy Eleanor (“Ellie”) Schellhase and his stepdaughter, Kerry Johnson. He was assisted in his journey with compassion by Lake Superior Hospice, his special caregiver Darlene Weisinger, and Barbara Wheeler of Arcadia Home Care. Born November 12, 1940 in Chicago to Nancy and Ernest Schellhase, he attended Wright Community College in Chicago and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He began his 34-year career at Northern Michigan University in 1968 and retired as a professor of history in 2002. He married Ellie Johnson in 1976 and they made their home in Marquette. Learning and teaching were great loves, and he was fluent in four languages. He specialized in the history of ancient Rome, Renaissance and Modern Italian studies, and Arab-Islamic studies. He was the author of Tacitus in Renaissance Political Thought, U of Chicago Press, 1976 and received a fellowship to the University of Cairo in Egypt in the 1990s. Every day of his life was spent in the pursuit of knowledge, and students and friends always came away from conversations with him saying they had learned something new. He had a wide variety of interests, including astronomy, travel, film, music, and art, but he was known to his friends as someone who could make them laugh. He was also an amateur cartoonist. From the day they were married, he and Ellie enjoyed their travels throughout Europe. Survivors include Ellie Schellhase, his wife of 41 years, and Kerry Johnson, his stepdaughter, along with many cousins in the Madison and Chicago areas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nancy and Ernest Schellhase, and his brother, Robert Schellhase. Honoring Kenneth’s request, no service will be held. A memorial reception in his honor will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Lake Superior Hospice or Peter White Public Library. Et per stellas. “He is with the stars.” The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the Schellhase family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com