Rosalie Ann Redmond, loved to travel

Rosalie Ann Redmond, 83, of Alexandria, Va., died Friday February 25, 2022 in Lewes. She was born March 1, 1938 in Rome, NY, the daughter of the late Arnold and Katherine Karker Lauber.

Ms. Redmond retired in 2014 as an administrative services specialist after 50 years in the US federal government. During this period, she worked for the United States Department of Commerce, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado and Washington, DC, as well as the Bureau of Industry and Security in Washington, DC Previously, she held several positions with the US Department of Defense including Griffiss AFB in Rome NY, Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX; Tan Son Nhut AFB, in Saigon, Vietnam; and Bolling AFB in Washington, DC, as well as many other companies, including SAIC in Heidelberg, Germany, and Riyadh International Hospital, Saudi Arabia.

Even with such a storied career, her first favorite job was learning to drive her father’s tractor at the age of six. Since she was too small to sit on the large metal seat, he taught her to steer standing up and to operate the pedals. She insisted she was a vital part of her team along with her brothers as they made cheese and farmed their land in upstate New York.

Ms. Redmond loved to travel and deeply enjoyed exploring different cultures. In addition to touring all 50 states, she has visited 48 countries on six continents and has lived and worked in four countries in addition to the United States, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, d ‘where she was one of the last to be airlifted. 1975.

Some of his favorite travel memories included walking with penguins in Antarctica, petting llamas on Machu Picchu, listening to gibbons at Angkor Wat, seeing a Chinese pheasant strutting on the Great Wall of China, bathing a baby elephant in Africa near Victoria Falls, snorkeling in the Red Sea, counting goats clinging to Moroccan trees, jumping from church to church along the Volga, swimming with dolphins in Cancun, eating Limburger cheese in Lucerne, doing cycling through southern France, playing with lambs in Jordan, taking the train to Prague, parasailing over the Caribbean, horseback riding along the Jamaican coast, riding a camel in Wadi Rum and driving a jeep in Saudi Arabia, before it was legal for women to drive there.

Born to a Swiss father and a Hungarian mother, she loved meeting people from all corners of the world and would do anything she could to truly connect with them. She had “adopted” daughters, sons, and grandchildren from France, in particular, as well as several other countries in which she had lived, many of whom remained closely linked to her throughout her life. She encouraged her children as they began their own international journeys: “When you visit a new country, at least learn to say hello, goodbye, I’m sorry, I don’t understand, and above all, thank you in their language. maternal. By doing so, you are showing them respect and kindness.

Mrs. Redmond played piano and accordion. She also sang in choirs and musical groups, including the San Antonio Sound in the Sixties, which released a cover record, Side A: 5th Dimensions’ “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” and Side B: Tony Bennett’s ” Yesterday, I Heard the Rain”. She has also attended hundreds of concerts (Tina Turner in Germany being her favourite), operas (singing on Semper Libera from La Traviata and crying on Addio, del Passato) and musicals, including going to see “Mamma Mia! ” seven times on stage. She enjoyed socializing and entertaining her family and friends, including her new friends at Brandywine Senior Living in Rehoboth Beach. She was witty and quick and loved to laugh and share new experiences with everyone, from cooking and playing board games to singing and dancing. Ms. Redmond has had many organizational affiliations over the years, including being elected president of the PTA of her children’s school, Glen Oaks Elementary, in San Antonio, Texas, in 1968, using “Harper Valley PTA” as her inspirational song. Mrs. Redmond, when she died, was a proud member of the Rome Free Academy Alumni, Class of 1956, and the Saigon Mission Association.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Redmond was predeceased by her son, Dennis Lee Redmond; his sisters: Theresa L. Lauber and Vida M. Richards; and her stepfather, John W. Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah L. Redmond (Cathy Nelson) of Washington, DC; his sons: David L. Redmond (Ray Brumley) of Rehoboth Beach and Douglas A. Redmond of San Antonio, Texas; his nieces: Taysa Rhone, Leila Costello Harris, Dyana O’Neill, Dana Hall, Stephanie Patel; his nephews: Paul Costello III, William “Billy” Herrig Jr. and Matthew Lovely; her cousins: Arlene Ernst and Christine Baumgartner; and her former husband and father of her children, Donald L. Redmond. There is also a long list of many loving “family members by choice” from here, France and other countries around the world.

Mrs. Redmond loved penguins! In lieu of flowers, she would have been delighted if you honored her with a donation to the Global Penguin Society in her memory, they are beautifully done for such memorial gifts. You can find them on globalpenguinsociety.org and you will be asked for a family email. Feel free to use [email protected] (Yes, we know Mrs. Redmond loved mice too; mice will be fine.)

Equally inspiring to Ms Redmond were all things music and her secondary school, the Rome Free Academy, which she was active in when she was at school and has always attended alumni reunions over the many years. years that followed. Please support RFA’S Musical Club in memory of Rosalie Redmond with a contribution sent to the attention of: Mr. Jake Meiss, RFA Musical Club, 95 Dart Cir., Rome, NY 13441, rfa.romecsd.org.

Details of two Celebration of Life services – one in Rome on May 1 and one in the Washington, DC area on April 23 will be announced shortly. Final care for Mrs Redmond has been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Visit Mrs. Redmond’s Life Memorial webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at parsellfuneralhomes.com.

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