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Lucille Margaret Rader


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Lucille Margaret Rader Obituary
May 1, 1923 - October 20, 2015 Lucille Rader, 92, died peacefully on October 20, 2015. She was born Margaret Lucille Keating on May 1, 1923 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, the second daughter of Agnes Walsh Keating and Edward Keating. Her family later moved to Los Angeles, California, where Lucille attended Catholic schools through graduation from Los Angeles Catholic Girls High School, Bishop Conaty Memorial (currently Bishop Conaty -- Our Lady of Loretto High School), graduating in 1941. Upon graduation from high school, Lucille joined the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a California-based religious community that focused on education. Lucille took the religious name Sister Mary Matthew. While teaching in the Los Angeles diocese's elementary and high schools for many years, Lucille also continued her own education, ultimately earning the Ph.D. degree in French from Laval University in Montreal, Canada. When in 1970 the Immaculate Heart of Mary religious order disbanded after disagreements with the local and worldwide church hierarchy, Lucille continued her teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District and at Los Angeles Catholic high schools. In 1972, Lucille married Paul Rader, also an educator in the LA Unified School District; they lived happily in Pacific Palisades until Paul's death in 1989. Lucille continued teaching, primarily at Immaculate Heart High School, as well as leading a French interest group on several tours of France, volunteering at Corpus Christi, her parish church in the Pacific Palisades, playing tennis, attending classes at UCLA, and enjoying art and orchestral performances throughout the Los Angeles area. Lucille officially retired in 1998 at the age of 75, yet she remained in touch with so many students whose lives she had touched. Lucille's dedication to quality education, particularly of young women, and her interest in team sports led her to found the Lucille Rader Education Foundation in 2000. This Foundation provides college scholarships for young Catholic women who have attended Catholic high schools in the Los Angeles archdiocese and who have participated in team sports during their high school years. So far, 26 young Los Angeles women have benefitted from these scholarships. Mrs. Rader unfortunately suffered from Alzheimer's Disease in her final years, and she finally passed on October 20th. A funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Montebello on December 2nd at 10:30 am; the Mass will be followed by interment next to her husband at Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello and a reception in her honor at Doubletree Hotel Rosemead nearby immediately following the interment ceremony. All are welcome. For further information, visit the raderfoundation.org website.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, 2015
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