When my paternal grandmother died, I was disappointed because her parish in Austin didn’t send a priest or a deacon for the Vigil. I wound up having to lead the Rosary. Of course, the whole set up was very strange. My PV drove up from Laredo to celebrate the funeral Mass earlier that day, the vigil was in the evening and the burial was the next day at Fort Sam Houston. In other words, we had to adjust ourselves to whatever time Fort Sam Houston had assigned.
My grandmother was deeply devoted to the Rosary, so, it wasn’t that hard to do. I did bring my order of funerals with me, which had a segment on the Rosary. Interestingly enough, although my grandmother was born in Mexico and had moved to Chicago as a teenager, she was predominantly an English speaker (whose Spanish was obviously flawless).
Now, down here in Laredo, the Rosary is the default prayer during the wake. Although, my PV has combined both the Rosary and the Vigil of the Deceased. In fact, one of the funeral homes (co-owned by a deacon) now has Vigil of the Deceased noted for the wake.
It is interesting to note that both the Catholic Daughters of America, the Knights of Columbus and the Cursillistas will have a separate Rosary at the funeral home for their deceased members. This usually happens about an hour before the scheduled wake is to begin.