A Mass of Christian burial for Francis J. Kober Sr., a retired Bethlehem Steel worker and active community member, will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Shrine of the Little Flower in the 2800 block of Brendan Avenue.
Mr. Kober died after a brief illness Thursday while vacationing in the Shenandoah mountains in Virginia. He was 74 years old and a longtime resident of the Belair-Edison community.
Mr. Kober was born in Baltimore and attended Mount St. Joseph High School. He worked several years at Kober & Son, a photo finishing business in the 800 block of Gay Street.
Mr. Kober joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Europe, earning a promotion to sergeant.
After the war, Mr. Kober married Margaret Flading and was employed at Bethlehem Steel until his retirement in the early 1980s.
An active community member, Mr. Kober served as a commander of the Catholic War Veterans' Old Towne Post No. 1575 for several years, raising funds for underprivileged orphans and disabled children. He also was a member of the Rosedale Optimist Club and donated time and money to the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kober's survivors include two sons, Francis J. Kober Jr. and John J. Kober Sr.; two daughters, Maryann Kober Ward and Maryrose Kober Gans; two sisters, Evelyn Slechta and Anita Webber, and five grandchildren. All are of Baltimore County.
The family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Shrine of the Little Flower.