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Roland Broseker Theater stagehand


Graveside services for Roland Broseker, who worked backstage at Baltimore area theaters for half a century, will take place at 10:45 a.m. today at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

Mr. Broseker, 66, died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home on Seventh Street in Brooklyn. He had retired last summer as head flyman at the Morris Mechanic Theater, in charge of raising and lowering backdrops and other scenery.

He had worked at the Mechanic since its opening in 1967, and earlier at the old Ford's Theater on Fayette Street. He was also employed at the old Hippodrome Theater during the period in which it hosted live shows as well as movies, and worked at events in what is now the Baltimore Arena.

A native of South Baltimore's Brooklyn area, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Lee Bain of Baltimore and Patricia Sissel of Texas; two brothers, Earl Broseker and Leonard Broseker, both of Baltimore; and several grandchildren.

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