Rosalia Julia Bale died at home on October 16, 2016 at age 86. She was born in NYC and attended the Hartt School. She played in the Hartt Orchestra with featured guest musicians and composers Fritz Kreisler, Myra Hess, Isaac Stern, John Cage, Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland, et al. She was a friend and accompanist to mezzo-soprano Betty Allen. In 1960, Rosalia and David finished building their dream house on 17 acres in Bloomfield, where they raised their three children. In 1970 they moved to Granby and lived there for 46 years. In 2014 they moved to Hunt Glen in Granby, where Rosalia made many new friends and enjoyed many hours on her lovely porch. Rosalia taught piano for several decades, making strong bonds with children and adults. She was a fine singer, played violin in the Connecticut String Orchestra, piano in the Solid Oak Jazz Band, and performed with many other musicians. Her passions included playing piano and violin, dancing, cooking (we will miss her incredible sauce and meatballs), gardening, reading and writing (especially poetry), knitting, traveling, running, walking and most of all, spending time with friends and family. She loved and protected nature and its creatures. Rosalia encouraged people to find their passion and helped them gain the confidence to pursue it. Rosalia leaves her loving husband of 64 years, David Ellsworth Bale; her daughter Victoria Bale-Saunders and her husband Christopher Saunders of North Granby; her son Theodore Bale and his partner Dr. Joseph A. Campana, Jr. of Houston, TX; and her sister Patricia Creighton and her husband Ferris Creighton of Springfield, MO. Her son Lance died in 2005. She was also predeceased by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy and William Wassell. The family thanks the Farmington Valley VNA, especially Jacqui C. and Laura; and Nurses Next Door: Jacquie R., Sharell, Desiree, and Robin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Hartt Scholarship Fund at the Office of Institutional Advancement, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117; or to Mary's Kitty Korner, P.O. Box 418 Pleasant Valley, CT 06063. Calling hours are Friday, October 21, 4:00- 7:00 pm; Memorial Service, Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am. Both events are at the First Congregational Church, 219 North Granby Road, Granby, CT. Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home has care of arrangements. To leave on-line condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com .
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