William Albert Pilachowski, 74, letter carrierWilliam...

November 16, 1996

William Albert Pilachowski, 74, letter carrier

William Albert Pilachowski, a retired letter carrier known as "Bill Miller" to his oldest friends and former Parkville mail-route customers, died Wednesday of cancer at his Carney home. He was 74.

Mr. Pilachowski began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1955 delivering packages out of the old Baltimore post office building on Calvert Street. In the late 1960s he transferred to the Parkville Station as a letter carrier. He retired in 1981.

He was born in a Canton rowhouse and reared in Southeast Baltimore. When he was 19, Mr. Pilachowski enlisted in the Navy. served 3 1/2 years, including a stint in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of aviation metalsmith 2nd class.

In October 1947, Mr. Pilachowski married Theresa Frances Siatkowski. They resided in East Baltimore until 1962, then moved to Perring Park, then Carney.

After retiring, Pilachowski remained active in the postal workers union, the National Association of Letter Carriers.

He was an usher at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, in Carney, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert W. Pilachowski of Edgewood; a daughter, Patricia Ann Burns of Baltimore; a brother, Walter A. "Scotty" Pilachowski of Baltimore; a sister, D. Marlene Kobus of Baltimore; and three granddaughters.

Predo Cromer, 83, church trustee

Predo Cromer, a longtime Baltimore resident and a trustee at a West Baltimore church, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Liberty Medical Center. He was 83.

A native of Donalds, S.C., he moved to Baltimore in the early

1940s and settled on Baker Street in West Baltimore 20 years ago.

Mr. Cromer worked at the old Montgomery Ward store on Monroe Street when he came to Baltimore, then helped to make bathtubs for American Standard. He later drove a cab for Yellow Cab Co. and was a custodian at the Basilica of the Assumption downtown. He retired in the early 1970s.

His first wife, the former Isabelle Williams, died in 1985. He married Geraldine Brown in 1989.

He was a trustee and sexton at White Stone Baptist Church, 3005 Baker St., where services are scheduled for 1 p.m. today.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Richard McGhee and Earl Jones, both of Baltimore; four daughters, Patricia Davis of Rosamond, Calif., and Michelle Rochester, Gwendolyn Jones and Charlotte Brown, all of Baltimore; a brother, Leroy Cromer of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 46 great-great-grandchildren.

William Sessoms Ingram, 67, Social Security analyst

William Sessoms Ingram, retired Social Security Administration senior analyst and a motorcycle and jazz enthusiast, died Nov. 7 of emphysema at his home in Ruxton Village Apartments. He was 67.

The longtime Pikesville resident moved to Ruxton several years ago. He retired in 1992 after a 32-year career with Social Security in Woodlawn.

Born in Sneeds, Fla., and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Mr. Ingram served as an Army infantryman during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was discharged in 1952 with the rank of sergeant.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Miami in 1953. He came to Baltimore in 1957.

Mr. Ingram's lifelong interest in music began in his youth when he studied the clarinet and saxophone and played in a jazz band. His wife of 32 years, the former Paulette Pierlot, said he enjoyed collecting the records of big band bandleader Bunny Berrigan, Charlie Ventura and New Orleans jazz bands.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

He also is survived by a daughter, Kathleen A. Braunstein of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a grandson; and several cousins. James Alexander Gardner, a baker for nearly 40 years and a longtime East Baltimore resident, died Monday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 74.

The native of Littleton, N.C., moved to Maryland in 1949 and worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant until 1959, when he became a baker at the Schmidt Bakery plant on Carey Street. In 1974, he went to work at the Giant Foods plant in Landover and retired in 1988.

During World War II, he was a paratrooper in the Army.

He married Sallie Vincent in 1947. They divorced in 1960.

Services were held yesterday at Israel Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, James J. Gardner, and three daughters, Burnette Rahmaan, Constance Pitts and Lisa Harris, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Alice Gardner of Jamaica, N.Y., Carrie Hicks of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Bertha Hawkins of Littleton; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Ward B. Coe Jr., 83, partner in law firm

Ward B. Coe Jr., an attorney and partner in a Baltimore law firm, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Ruxton home. He was 83.

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