Organist at St. Leo's
Elizabeth Rita Broccolino, an organist and choir director for 49 years at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Little Italy, died Saturday of complications from heart surgery she underwent last spring. She was 74.
"She was well-liked by the community and very devoted," said her brother, Joseph D'Adamo of Baltimore.
In addition to her regular schedule at St. Leo's, Mrs. Broccolino played the pipe organ at St. John's, St. Elizabeth's and Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic churches.
Besides playing the organ for Masses and novenas, Mrs. Broccolino played at friends' and relatives' weddings, joined by her daughter, Theresa Broccolino of Baltimore.
Ms. Broccolino began singing publicly, with her mother accompanying her on the organ, at age 15. "She was so talented and so loving at the same time," Ms. Broccolino said. The two spent hours together practicing.
As years passed, the pipe organ at St. Leo's fell into disrepair. But Mrs. Broccolino knew the old organ so well she could work around its broken keys and pedals and produce beautiful music, her daughter said.
Her interest in music began at the Institute of Notre Dame, where she took piano lessons. About the same time she graduated in 1937, an organist's position opened at St. Leo's parish. Under the instruction of Sister Mary Josephine, S.S.N.D., and a teacher at St. Leo's, she was groomed for the job.
Poor health forced her to stop playing the organ a few years ago.
The former Elizabeth Rita D'Adamo attended St. Leo's Elementary School. She was a lifelong member of St. Elizabeth's and a choir member there.
In 1948 she and Robert Broccolino were married. He died in 1974.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Elizabeth's, 25 N. Belnord Ave.
Mrs. Broccolino is survived by three sons, Robert Broccolino of ,, Millersville, and Francis and Ronald Broccolino, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Theresa Broccolino of Baltimore; four brothers, Philip of East New Market, and Nicholas, Joseph and Louis Broccolino, all of Baltimore; and two grandchildren. James L. Peacock of Randallstown, who had been a decorated sergeant major with the Maryland National Guard, died Thursday of cancer. He was 58.
Mr. Peacock was a production control manager at Leica Inc. in Sparks for 38 years before retiring last year because of his illness.
He was a member of the National Guard for 35 years, serving with several divisions, including the 29th Infantry Division and as command sergeant major at Ruhl Armory in Towson. He retired from the Guard last fall.
He had received the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross Award, the state Guard's highest honor, and the Legion of Merit, the Guard's highest peacetime award.
Mr. Peacock was a member of the Mount Moriah chapter of the Hiram Grand Lodge of Masons and was its past master.
Born in Cleveland, he moved as a child with his family to Baltimore and attended Baltimore schools. He moved to Randallstown about three years ago.
Services will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Union Bethel A.M.E. Church in Randallstown.
Mr. Peacock is survived by his wife, the former Barbara L. Tilghman, whom he married in December 1989; two stepsons, Michael Tilghman of Baltimore and Reginald Tilghman of Randallstown; one stepdaughter, Sabrina McClain of Baltimore; and five step-grandchildren. Also surviving are four brothers: Nathaniel Peacock of Baltimore, Ernest Peacock of Norfolk, Va., Earl Peacock of Pennsylvania and Mack Peacock of California; ++ and a sister, Bernice New of Baltimore.
William George Jr.
Silversmith for Stieff
William F. "Larry" George Jr. of Catonsville, who was a silversmith for 51 years for the Stieff Co. of Baltimore, now Kirk-Stieff, died Friday in St. Agnes Hospital of respiratory and renal failure after a brief illness. He was 80.
Mr. George retired in 1980.
He was a member of Corinthian Lodge No. 93 A.F. and A.M. and a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
For more than 20 years, he was treasurer of the Sunday School at Calvary United Methodist Church and served on the administrative council at Calvary and Emanuel United Methodist Churches.
The Baltimore native married Doris E. Schulz in 1939. They lived in Baltimore until 1964 when they moved to Catonsville.
Services for Mr. George were to be held at noon today at Emanuel United Methodist Church, 6517 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery.
In addition to his wife, Mr. George is survived by a daughter, Marlyn Myers of Arbutus; a son, William F. George III of Relay; a sister, Evelyn Homan of Babylon, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
The family suggested memorial contributions to Emanuel United Methodist Church.