Elizabeth Baracco, 74

The Baltimore Sun

Elizabeth A. Baracco, who renovated Fells Point homes 40 years ago and later ran a flea market business, died of lung cancer Monday at her Glen Arm home. She was 74.

Elizabeth Ann Goeller was born in Baltimore and raised on Federal Street. She attended parochial schools.

A bookkeeper, she worked for Lucretia Fisher, the founder of the Fells Point preservation movement in 1967. Mrs. Baracco soon began renovating houses on and off South Broadway. She restored seven homes in the 1960s and 1970s.

"After many hours of sweat and hard work, she finally produced an apartment which she could rent," said her daughter, Mary Baracco of Glen Arm. "The rent from this apartment she used to finance the renovation of the next one. Thus was the beginning of a process, which was to continue for the next 30 years. She was often at a hardware store with paint and spackle in her hair and a list which only she understood. She performed almost all the work herself."

Mrs. Baracco also sold jeans and men's coats at the North Point Flea Market and at other markets on the Eastern Shore.

Services were held Thursday in Towson.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include three sons, Andrew Baracco of Glen Arm, Christopher Baracco of Bowleys Quarters and Michael Baracco of Pompano Beach, Fla.; a brother, Bernard Goeller of Timonium; and eight grandchildren. A daughter, Kathleen Baracco, died in 2001. Her husband of 30 years, Ernest S. Baracco, died in 1981.

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