Mother of QVCC President
Brooklyn, CT – Onnolee Jane Rader, 93, formerly of Dayton (Oakwood) OH, died peacefully at Pierce Memorial Baptist Home on October 2, 2018. Born in Clark County, OH, to the late Harmon G. and Florence B. (Deaton) Group, she graduated from The Ohio State University cum laude in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, the University Chorus, Business Club, and served as President of Pi Omega Pi, the honor society recognizing academic achievement in business. Although her passion was accounting, women in the post-World War II era rarely found a job in that field. She turned instead to teaching business education at Mechanicsburg High School in Mechanicsburg, OH, from 1947 until 1950. Twenty years later while living in Dayton, she re-entered the work force as a budget analyst for the Special Products Division of the National Cash Register Company. She then worked as an accountant for Tait Manufacturing Company and ended her formal career as the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of the H. A. Jones Company. For ten years, she was a member of the Board of Directors for the NCR Universal Credit Union (now the Universal 1 Credit Union). In addition, she spent more than five decades working tirelessly for the Lutheran Church of Our Savior where she served on the Social Ministry Committee, Lutheran Church Women, and sang alto in the choir. During her retirement years, she found great pleasure in cross-stitching, knitting, reading, attending Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, enjoying theatrical productions at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, and cruising with Princess. In 2015, she relocated to Creamery Brook Village to be closer to her family. Her sunny disposition and acerbic wit will forever be remembered by the staff at Sherwood’s, Creamery Brook Village, and Pierce Memorial Baptist Home. Her loving and devoted high school sweetheart and husband of 60 years, Caryl Eugene Rader, predeceased her in August 2008. She is survived by her devoted daughter Carlee and son-in-law Michael Drummer of Pomfret Center, CT; three nephews, who lovingly called her “Auntie O”, Joseph Mack Stewart III and Philip Alan (Ruth) Stewart of Grand Rapids, MI; and Stephen George Stewart of Houston, TX; and great niece Sheri Stewart Usrey of Indianapolis, IN. The family will receive friends and celebrate her life on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church Street, Putnam, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Onnolee’s name to the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT 06239. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to www.GilmanAndValade.com.