Dorothea Bache, a homemaker and retired Dorsey Speedway scorekeeper, died of cardiac arrest Friday at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The longtime Phoenix resident was 82.
Born Dorothea O'Brien in Baltimore, she was known as Dot. She lived on Carrollton Avenue as a child and attended Seton High School.
As a young woman, she operated an elevator at a building in downtown Baltimore.
After her marriage to Robert Glenn Bache Sr., a Carey Street body and fender shop owner, she enjoyed riding a Harvey-Davidson motorcycle with him.
While raising her family, she was a weekend scorekeeper at the Lincoln, Dorsey and Westport speedways. She was an auto racing fan.
"She was always great with numbers," said a daughter, Darlene Stone of Gettysburg, Pa. "It was a hard job when the numbers and the placement were contested."
She was an avid sports fan and played football in the streets of Southwest Baltimore with her brothers. She had season tickets to the Baltimore Colts' home games. She attended the 1958 championship game, when the Colts defeated the New York Giants. She was a member of a Colts Corral based in Southwest Baltimore that met at Kibby's restaurant.
"She loved to cook Sunday dinners for her family and to entertain at the holidays," said another daughter, Wendy Hartman of York, Pa.
She attended her children's and grandchildren's school games. She also enjoyed summer trips to Ocean City.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.
In addition to her daughters, survivors include a son, Robert Glenn Bache Jr. of Pasadena; two other daughters, Karen Winger of Stewartstown, Pa., and Lorie Boliek of White Hall; two brothers, James O'Brien and Jerome O'Brien, both of Pasadena; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband of 55 years died in 2005.