May her soul Rest In Peace.
Preceded in death by her parents, Aime and Andrea Courchesne, her siblings, Leonard, Paul and Annette; her first husband and father of her children, Richard A. Roesch in 1969, followed by the death of her second husband, Byron E. Caldwell in 1995, as well as the passing of her sweet great granddaughter, Josephine Weinmann.
Survived by a large and loving blended family; her daughters, Denise (Steve) Beres and Cathy Roesch (Chris Inagawa); grandchildren Abbi and Charli Stecklein, Mallory (Josh) Weinmann, Anisa and Laila Joseph; Byron’s children, Terry (Betty) Caldwell, Sue (Ora) Smith, Karen (Gary) Ludwig, Nancy (Mike) Ward, Tim (Chris) Caldwell, Marybeth (Bob) Fichtelman, Tom (Terri) Caldwell and Joe Grasser; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, all loved by their nana.
Rachel was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec and moved to Lawrence, MA at the age of nine. She graduated from St. Anne’s High School in 1954 and began her work career at the Merrimack Valley Western Electric plant, later transferring to the Columbus, Ohio facility, where she met Richard. After his passing, she met her neighbor, Byron, while collecting for the Cancer Society and taking a census for the church. He chastised her for being out alone after dark! After their marriage, they bought the Singer sewing machine dealership in Westerville, Ohio. Rachel enjoyed picking out fabric and notions for the shop and continued her education, taking tailoring coursework. Rachel was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed all sorts of needlework and sewing projects. She had a passion for fabric, even bringing some back from India, to turn into something beautiful. She loved to sew for her grandchildren, making many costumes, prom dresses, and special gifts for each of them. After selling the business, Rachel worked at Gold Circle distribution center in their logistics department and eventually retired from Chase bank’s escrow department.
She enjoyed gardening and participating in craft shows at St. Matthew’s and St. Paul’s.
After selling her home, she moved into Sugar Grove apartments. She made new friends and became the resident tailor, altering and hemming, and even made curtains for some. Eventually she moved in with her daughter, Denise, and for the past 5 months lived at First and Main of Lewis Center.
We would like to thank the caretakers at First and Main and the wonderful staff at Capial City Hospice for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at ALZinfo.org. A private family service is planned.