Obituaries: Dr. Florence C. Rader


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Dr. Florence C. Rader, 93, died on March 27, 2012 in Livingston. Private services were held in the King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton.

Born in Waterbury, Conn., Dr. Rader lived in Newark, Elizabeth and Verona prior to moving to Maplewood in 2004.

She served with the Red Cross during World War II and received her bachelors from the New Jersey College for Women (Douglas College) in 1940, her masters from Columbia University and doctorate in educational psychology from Rutgers University.

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Dr. Rader retired as the school psychologist after many years with the Verona Board of Education, where her career began as an English teacher and a guidance counselor.

She is survived by husband, Harold A. Rader, her daughters Wendy Rader Dunn and her husband Bruce, Robin Rader and her husband Norman Sancho. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Julianne Lauren Dunn Brennan and her husband Dennis, and great grandchildren Dennis Ryan Brennan and Alexis Emma Brennan and nephews and nieces, including Richard Friedman and his wife Harriet.

Memorial donations to Verona Public Library would be appreciated.

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  1. I adored ” Flo” as we girls called her. I went through some rough waters in high school days. Mrs.Rader, began to hold ” groups” for my friends and I. We met once a week and could speak to her when we needed to as well. She was so there for us during rough times at home, life in general. We loved going to”groups” with her as our leader. So thankful for her help. She lived up the street from my family and I. I use to walk up the street and was surprised to run into her one day . A civilian. She actually had a family and a home. I use to go and visit her at home as well. And was welcomed warmly to sit in her living room and talk the day away. I met one of her daughters one day at home as well. I was thinking of her just this week.. and now this notice. I wish to say to her beloved family, I know she will be sorely missed. She had a great mind and a penchant for helping troubled women. So gracious,kind , warm and of good humor. I know she will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to her husband Harold, daughters: Wendy and Robin. And other family members and all who knew and loved Florence. I for one, will never forget her. I was out to dinner with my eldest son last week and i quoted her when i was seeing her. I do that often. She made a lasting ” memorial” in my life and memory forever. Hope to see her in Heaven someday. To life Mrs. Rader. To Life! You blessed mine. You brought me greater understanding. Of myself and those around me. When it seemed no one cared.. You reached out to us troubled girls. You cared.


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