Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.
We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.
Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 540-992-1212 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.
Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.
Funeral Service Intern
Sarah Rawling was born and raised in Bedford County and still resides there. She attended Liberty High School where she graduated in
May 2016. During her senior year, she worked with Tharp Funeral Home where she
decided to further her education and get her degree in Funeral Services/Mortuary
Science. Sarah is currently working towards that goal at Central Virginia
Community College and John Tyler Community College. She enjoys spending time
with friends and family, riding horses, fishing, and traveling. Sarah joined the Rader Funeral Home team in June 2017.
Bereavement and Aftercare Coordinator
Jane joined the staff of Rader Funeral Home in the spring of 2016. Jane is a graduate of Lynchburg College with a Master of Education in Specific Learning Disabilities. She taught in Lynchburg City Public Schools and Roanoke City Public Schools for a total of 32 years. Jane enjoys volunteering with the VT Extension Agency (Food for Thought Program) in a middle school in the Roanoke City Schools. She serves on committees at her church, Peace Presbyterian Church, and really enjoys teaching Sunday school.
For quiet times, Jane enjoys reading historical fiction or biographies of famous people. She and her husband Benny have been married for 41 years. They have two happily married sons and three grandchildren and feel very blessed.
Ambassador and House Services
Joan Lam is the Housekeeper for Lotz Funeral Homes, Inc. and Rader Funeral Home. She began working for Lotz when she was in high school and took off a few years to raise her kids before returning to work. She was born in Australia. She has three children, Jeanette, Jeffrey and Jennifer. Joan keeps all three Lotz Funeral Homes and Rader Funeral Home clean for each family we serve. Her delightful personality and sense of humor always makes us smile.
The daughter of a funeral director, Maria, like her brother Jonathon, grew up in the funeral home. She began helping set up flowers and chairs from a very young age and is currently an Ambassador for Rader Funeral Home and Lotz Funeral Home. Maria is a graduate of George Mason University and currently is a graduate student at Lesley University. Maria is a graduate of Glenvar High School and resides in the Cherokee Hills area of Glenvar in Roanoke County.
Stewart joined the Lotz and Rader family in late 2016. He is a 2013 graduate of Patrick Henry High School.
Stewart has a passion for helping people, being active in the Roanoke Community mentoring and working with children
with disabilities. In the summer, you can find him working in Guest Services with The Salem Red Sox organization.
Born on January 16, 1942 in Floyd County, Russ was raised in Vinton from 1944 to 1966. He graduated from William Byrd High School in 1963. He worked in the grocery business for 35 years and in the candy business for 10 years. Around Vinton, he was known as the "The Candy Man." He became a member of the Lotz Family in 2012.
In Memoriam, August 28, 1925 ~ June 24, 2015, Memory Eternal!
Before coming to work at Rader Funeral Home, Dana owned Commonwealth Audio and Visual. He was married to Lena Gibson and had one daughter, Mary Westmoreland, and her husband, Ted. Dana had one granddaughter, Michelle R. West, and one great-granddaughter, Casi.Dana was a member of the Williamson Road Masonic Lodge and the Melrose Masonic Lodge, as well as Scottish Rite, Shrine Center, VFW Post #1841, the Woodmen of the World and Troutville Baptist Church.
Dana died June 24, 2015. He is missed.
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