Albert A. Flaccoe
BSO cellist, lecturer
Albert A. Flaccoe, retired Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cellist, a photographer and a lecturer, died of cancer and heart failure Jan. 14 in South Carolina. He was 79.
Born in Philadelphia, he studied at Combs Conservatory and Curtis Institute there and was a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His wife, the former Ruby Loflin of Jefferson, S.C., whom he married in 1942, was also a Peabody student. They made their home in the Mount Vernon area of the city until they moved to Hartsville, S.C., in 1983.
Mr. Flaccoe played the cello in Baltimore's orchestra for about seven years. During World War II, he taught music at the United States Naval Academy.
After the war, he and his wife turned from music to two other enthusiasms, photography and travel, and between 1964 and 1973 the couple cruised around the world three times, preparing slide lectures about the more than 30 countries they visited. They lectured throughout the Baltimore area.
A member of several cultural and social organizations in Baltimore, Mr. Flaccoe directed the men's chorus of the Paint and Powder Club.
In Hartsville, he was a member of St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church.
A service was held for Mr. Flaccoe Jan. 21 in Hartsville.
In addition to his wife, his survivors include a sister, Jean Colarusso of Philadelphia, and several nieces and nephews. Charles O. Bramhall Sr., a retired Mass Transit Administration bus driver and driving instructor, died March 5 of cancer at his home in Arbutus. He was 69.
Born in Shamokin, Pa., he moved to Baltimore at age 17 to work at Bethlehem Steel's Key Highway shipyard. During World War II he served with the Army in Europe.
After his return to Baltimore, he drove buses and began a career as an instructor of bus drivers. In 1985 he retired from the MTA after 35 years.
He was a member of the American Legion and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed camping with his wife of 34 years, the former Dolores Dill.
An American flag presented to his wife by the Legion is to be flown on Memorial Day at the Indiantown Gap military installation in Pennsylvania.
He is also survived by a daughter, Sandra Heflin of Westminster; a son, Charles Bramhall Jr. of Baltimore; a stepson, Richard C. Scheppske of Westminster; four sisters, Betty Mannone, Nancy Colgan, Joan Bramhall and Martha Burkhead, all of Baltimore; a brother, Paul Bramhall of Baltimore; and two granddaughters.
A service was held March 9 at the Ambrose Funeral Home in Arbutus.
Gordon H. Kocher
Bethlehem Steel foreman
Services for Gordon H. Kocher, who retired in 1977 as a slab yard foreman at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant and was a former Eastern Shore chicken farmer, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.
The resident of Northway Drive in Baltimore's Hamilton section died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital of heart failure. He was 78.
He worked at the steel mill from 1934 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1977. Between 1945 and 1951, he owned a chicken farm near Bishopville in Worcester County.
The Baltimore native was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute.
He was an Orioles fan and a surf fisher. He was a member of the Harbel Community Association and a Democrat active in election campaigns in Northeast Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, the former Augusta M. Forrest; three sons, Gordon W. and Kurt L. Kocher, both of Baltimore, and Robert H. Kocher Sr. of Richmond, Va.; and three grandchildren.