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Rose Marie Draelos

April 22, 1932 ~ October 15, 2017 (age 85)
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Rosemarie (Rosie) Draelos passed away peacefully beside her daughter, Stephanie, on Sunday, October 15th. Battling Alzheimer's dementia for several years, the Lord took her home to His Glory. Born Rosemarie Holenweg in Mil- waukee, Wisconsin in 1932 to immigrant parents from Herzogenbuchsee, Swit- zerland, she grew up in Milwaukee with her sister Betty, ultimately earning a bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she met her husband, Theodore Draelos, a surgical resident at the same univer- sity. After moving to Dugway, UT, in 1960, then to Silver City, NM, in 1963, she raised 4 children, worked as a nurse in the public school system and earned a Master's degree in guidance and counseling while her husband practiced gen- eral surgery. With an adventurous spirit and servant heart, she found her pri- mary joy in raising her children. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed painting, arts and crafts, music, singing in the First United Methodist church choir, piano, and outdoor activities, including tennis, hiking, snow skiing and sledding, most enjoyed with friends and family. Upon the untimely death of her husband in 1987, she established the Theodore Draelos Memorial Scholarship at Silver High School, providing nearly 60 young high school men and women scholar athletes with financial support towards college expenses since incep- tion. In 1992, she moved to Albuquerque, NM, to be closer to her son, Tim, and daughter, Stephanie, and their families, where she delighted in helping to raise her grandchildren. An active member of St. Stephen's United Methodist church, she enjoyed singing and volunteer work until her later years. She moved to  New Orleans in 2012 to be closer to Stephanie and her family, and she became active in the Metairie Baptist church. She will be remembered for her love of God, cheerful spirit, industry, wit and humor, generosity, and kindness for all. A beacon of light to those who knew her, her Christlike spirit shone brightly, guid- ing and inspiring her children and grandchildren to better the world as God had gifted them. Her tenderness, caring, meekness, and, especially, her laughter  will be greatly missed. To those she touched, her flame will not again light in this world, but shine eternally in Heaven. She is survived by her sister, Betty Schumm, and her husband Brooke of Ellicott City, MD; daughter Stephanie Lonsberry and her husband Wes Lonsberry, of New Orleans, their children Kristin, Garrett and Alex; son Timothy Draelos and his wife Laura of Albuquer- que, NM, their children Callie Poboril, Jennifer McKee and Lara; son Matthew Draelos of Edmond, OK, his children Mitchell, Preston and Julia; son Michael Draelos and his wife Zoe, of High Point, NC, their children Mark and Matthew.

Also, many nieces and nephews.

Rosie and Ted Memorial Scholarship Fund, please make a check out to the Silver Consolidated Schools, put Rosie Draelos on the memo line and send it to:



Silver Consolidated Schools

2810 N. Swan Street

Silver City, NM  88061

 Service Information

Graveside Service
December 2, 2017

10:00 AM
Memory Lane Cemetery
Memory Lane Road
Silver City, New Mexico 88061

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