Cordelia Ann Folcher, 88, teacher, hospital volunteer

March 27, 2005

Cordelia Ann Folcher, former owner of a Towson monument company, teacher and hospital volunteer, died of pneumonia March 20 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 88.

Born Cordelia Ann Bounds and raised in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of the Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. She attended Duke University and earned a business degree in 1938 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

She met her future husband, Albert G. Folcher Sr., during summers in Stone Harbor, N.J. After their 1939 marriage, the couple moved to Baltimore.

During the 1940s, Mrs. Folcher taught mentally disabled students at J. Edith Eyler's School on Park Heights Avenue. From 1957 until 1964, she taught at what is now Campfield Early Childhood and Learning and Development Center in Randallstown.

After leaving Baltimore County public schools in 1964, she went to work as office manager for Towson Monuments, which was owned by her husband. After his death in 1993, she continued to operate the business until closing it in 1995.

The longtime Chestnut Avenue resident, who moved to Pickersgill Retirement Community last year, had accumulated 5,000 volunteer hours at Greater Baltimore Medical Center while working on the hospital's annual Nearly New Sale. During the 1960s, she was a trustee of St. Paul's School in Brooklandville.

"Even though she had moved to Pickersgill, she still talked with nurses and aides about the sale," said her son Stephen H. Folcher of Baltimore.

She liked reading novels and vacationing in Stone Harbor and Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Mrs. Folcher was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Lutherville, where a memorial service was held Wednesday.

Survivors include another son, Albert G. Folcher Jr. of Birmingham, Ala.; a daughter, Marre W. Fanning of Lutherville; a sister, Jeanne Bounds Hamilton of New York City; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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