Rosalie Ann Rader
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Our beloved Sister, Aunt and Friend Rosalie Ann Rader passed away peacefully at her home in Mesilla, NM on Saturday, July 10, 2010.
Rosalie was predeceased by her husband, Paul Rader, her son, Henry Rader, her Sisters Elizabeth McComas and Mary Alexander and her Brother Thomas Veitch.
Rosalie was one of eight children born to Raymond J. Veitch and Herminda Fountain Veitch of Mesilla. She is survived by her brother, Ray Veitch of Mesilla, NM and her sisters, Mabel Veitch Mora of El Paso, Texas, Jean Veitch Kumbusky of Enon , Ohio , Lorraine Veitch Harvey of Niceville , Florida , Sisters-in-Law Rosemary Hubbard and Sharon Douglas and Brother-In-Law Robert Rader.
Rosalie discovered her love for music at a very young age and took piano lessons from Jean Decker. She continued her piano studies with Claude Herndon in El Paso. Rosalie attended New Mexico State University and taught piano for the Mary Morgan Piano Students School in El Paso. She also studied piano in Boston at the Longy School of Music. She truly enjoyed classes on Bach at Harvard University and Beethoven at Boston University. Rosalie sang with the Dessoff Choir in New York City. One of the highlights of her life was singing Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall. Rosalie also enjoyed her garden and upon her return to Mesilla, dedicated much of her time serving her community as Police and Fire Commission, Trustee and then Mayor of Mesilla. Her love of Mesilla and Mesilleros remained with her throughout her life. She truly enjoyed reading; a hobby she shared with her husband, Paul.
There will be vigil services at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at San Albino Church in Mesilla. A reception at Yanez Hall will follow the services on Tuesday evening. A memorial mass will be held at San Albino Church in Mesilla at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. A private family burial services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice at 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005.

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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jul. 13, 2010.
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July 18, 2010
Rosalie was very special to me. I took piano lessons from the time I was 5 until high school. I never had the patience or the talent to play properly, but she taught me a love of music that I plan on sharing with my own family. She was a firecracker of a woman; her love of travel inspired me to do the same. She was a great mentor and friend and I will truly miss her.
Lynda Fajardo Banfield
July 16, 2010
I used to be a poll worker with Rosalie back in the late 80's/early 90's. I was much younger than her & the other workers & she always treated me as an equal. I looked forward to each election knowing I'd see her again. She will be missed.
Donna Tapia
July 16, 2010
Rosalie always treated me like her own son and it is hard to find the words that can describe this beautiful, bright person full of life and love. Anyone who knew her was better for it.
John Aliano
July 15, 2010
Aunt Rosalie was a beautiful person. She always brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart. I will cherish the memories of her and I will miss her dearly.
Tad Summers
July 14, 2010
You and your family are in our prayers. With our deepest sympathy. Your First American Bank Family.
July 14, 2010
My condolences to her family. My late husband and his father were piano technicians, and she was a favorite client they always enjoyed seeing.
Karen Nichols
July 13, 2010
She was a true lady. We send our condolences from the Alexander family. Lynn, Mark and Steve. Robert and Joan bless you in peace. Hugs and prayers.
Lynn Alexander
July 13, 2010
Rosalie was a wonderful, strong and independant woman who always had the best of the community and people in her heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this time of sorrow. I will greatly miss her.
Janine Divyak
July 13, 2010
When I was younger I took piano lessons from Mrs. Radar, she truly loved music and was a great teacher. My heart and prayers go out to her family at this time.
Brenda Benton
July 13, 2010
My sincerest condolences to Rosalie's family. My life was touched by Rosalie during her last days here in this earth, her beautiful spirit will live in my heart forever. May she watch over you with the rest of the angels in Heaven.
Imelda Chacon
July 13, 2010
With many happy memories of times past with Paul and Rosalie and families
.Sue Lewis Wimberly
The family of Edith and George Berthelon
Edirh Macdonald
July 13, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the family. I remember Mrs. Rader as having a great personality and being a good friend. My mother Bernice Ramirez worked in Mesilla with her for a time,she helped her in times of stress, she invited us to pick fruit from her trees even bringing in bags for people to take home. She is in my memories always as really nice and happy person with the great old car.
Christina Ramirez
July 13, 2010
Rosalie was a beautiful, sophisticated, and loving woman of many talents. She dedicated a great deal of time and energy to her beloved community of Mesilla and the church of San Albino. She has left a legacy not only in the bricks and mortar of the renovated Mesilla Plaza, but also in her neices, nephews and her music students. She will be greatly missed.
Laura Spencer
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