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Rolf Schenkel

SALISBURY — Rolf Schenkel, 86, of Salisbury passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 10, 2020. 

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara “Barb” (Hill) Schenkel of Salisbury; and his brother, Gunther Schenkel of Switzerland.

Rolf was born in Switzerland on Aug. 25, 1934, a son of the late Gertrude (Sommer) and Henry Schenkel. 

Rolf was educated and trained to be a chef/baker in Switzerland. He came to the United States in 1960 and became a successful restaurateur and hotelier, renowned for his Swiss specialties that will always be remembered by many. 

He and Barbara owned the Ragamont Inn in Salisbury from 1970 until 2000. 

He was an avid golfer and skier and enjoyed the outdoors.  

He is survived by his two daughters, Renee Schenkel of Salisbury and Helga and her husband, Bruno Schwegler, of Switzerland; his brother, Eberhardt, and his wife, Margret Schenkel, of Switzerland; and his three grandsons, Fabian and his wife, Rebecca Schwegler, Mauro Schwegler and Kevin Schwegler of Switzerland; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no services planned at this time. 

Memorial donations in Rolf’s memory may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

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