-Richard Coltharp

Publisher, The Las Cruces Bulletin


Live the Golden Rule, but work, work, work.”

— Gerald H. Deabel

During this Christmas season, probably several times, Cathy Stegemann will sit down at the piano at Mesilla Valley Hospice, and play “O Holy Night.” Just a few years ago, Stegemann didn’t even play the piano.

“When my husband died, more than four years ago, I just sat down and started playing,” Stegemann said. She’s never had a lesson, and one day she was by a piano, and a piece of paper fell on the floor. She turned it over and saw the musical notes.

“I thought, ‘I can play this.’” And she did.

Her husband, Ivan, had been a patient at Mesilla Valley Hospice and, after a grieving time, Stegemann began volunteering there, and developing her piano skills, much to the delight of staff and residents.

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