Mrs. Rosemary Richard, 96, died Jan. 22. A closed casket vigil and rosary were held Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zeller Chapel of Roses. Requiem Mass was said by Rosemary’s grandson, Jesuit Father Sam Conedera Jan. 28 at Holy Rosary Church.

Born July 14, 1922, in Portland, Mrs. Richard was the eldest and only daughter of James and Minnie Leahy. A lifelong resident of Portland, she attended The Madeline grade school and graduated from Grant High School in 1940. Rosemary attended Marylhurst College graduating in 1944 with degrees in Sociology and Home Economics. She worked for several years with Catholic Charities and Christie home for children.

She married John Richard on August 30,1945 and together they had eight children. They were married for 66 years until his death in October of 2011. While raising her family, Mrs. Richard worked periodically with her mother, who had a small business calculating quarterly interest rates for banks prior to the advent of computers. Additionally, she worked full time for 15 years at Local 1092 Federal Credit Union.

Every other week, Mrs. Richard took her kids to the local library, where each one left with a large stack of books. To this day, all children are voracious readers and hoarders of books.

After raising their children, the Richards were able to travel. Among their journeys were Hawaii, Tahiti, Nova Scotia, Alaska and Spain. Mrs. Richard also traveled to Germany with her daughter, Barbara.

Mrs. Richard collected dolls. She also loved gardening, sewing, knitting and quilting. Her children and grandchildren were recipients of many beautiful handmade gifts. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, attended weekly adoration at St. Agatha Catholic Church and was a member of the altar society at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Mrs. Richard is survived by her son Michael of Brush Prairie, Washington; daughters, Rosanne Richard of Salem, Frances Conedera, Barbara Sanderman and Elizabeth Richard of Portland; her brother John Leahy of Milwaukie; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; sons Peter, Timothy and Anthony; brother James Leahy and daughter-in-law Candy Richard.

Mrs. Richard’s family would like to thank Daniela, Angie and the staff at Mt. Tabor Villa for the excellent care provided Mrs. Richard in the last 18 months of her life.

Interment was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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