Florence M. Schleicher, 78, homemaker, bingo lover

December 16, 2004

Florence M. Schleicher, a homemaker and bingo enthusiast, died of complications from diabetes Sunday at the Heritage Center in Dundalk. The longtime East Baltimore resident was 78.

Born Florence Dauses in Baltimore, she grew up on South Bonsal Street, where she later bought a home and lived her entire life. She attended city public schools until leaving to help support her family.

From the late 1940s until 1950 she was as an assembly line worker at Crown Cork & Seal Co. In 1948 she married Robert F. Schleicher Sr., a plumber. He died in 1986.

An avid bingo player, Mrs. Schleicher also liked collecting angels. She also was an accomplished needleworker who enjoyed crocheting afghans.

Known as "Flo," she liked driving neighbors and the elderly to the supermarket, church and doctor appointments.

Mrs. Schleicher was a charter member of now-closed Holy Redeemer Chapel in Greektown, where she had been a member of the chapel's Sodality, Ladies of Charity and altar society.

She also was a member of the Jolly Club, a senior citizens group that meets at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Schleicher was a communicant of St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church, Ellwood Avenue and Hudson Street in Baltimore, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Mrs. Schleicher is survived by four sons, Robert F. Schleicher Jr. of Dundalk, David J. Schleicher and James A. Schleicher, both of Bel Air, and Alan M. Schleicher of Pasadena; a daughter, Joyce Anne Mays of Joppa; two brothers, David J. Dauses of Baltimore and Francis "Bud" Dauses of Parkville; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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