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.
Arrangements are with La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home. To send condolences go to www.lapaz-grahams.com