LUDLOW — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 20, at the Church of the Annunciation in Ludlow at 11 a.m. for Rachel Joan Petraglia Pinard, 94, who passed away Dec. 16 in her home in Ludlow. Friends may call on the family one-hour before the Mass at the church. Graveside committal services and interment will take place at a later date in Pleasant View Cemetery.
She was the daughter of Leopoldo and Angelina Petraglia of Ludlow.
Rachel graduated from Black River Academy in Ludlow in 1937, and attended Rutland Business College.
Following school, she worked tirelessly until she retired at age 71. During her working years, she held office positions at Howe Scale in Rutland, Kenwood Mills in Cavendish, Parks and Woolson Machine Company in Springfield and for 16 years at Bryant Grinder Corp. in Springfield. Her last job was for the U.S. Postal Service, where she worked for 19 years as a postal clerk and officer in charge of the post office in both Plymouth Union and Ascutney.
Most recently, she could be seen riding next to Bernie in his convertible. With her big sunglasses and fancy hat, she looked like a movie star.
Rachel loved to knit and sew and made many sweaters and children’s attire for her family. She enjoyed collecting and refinishing antique furniture and going to auctions.
Rachel was also a former member of the Ludlow Grange.
She loved to cook and loved watching the Food and Cooking Channel intensely. She was especially close to her sister, Ida, and they went everywhere together, including Saturday shopping trips to Rutland and Claremont. Rachel’s son, Bernie, took on the responsibility of caring for his mother on a twenty-four hour basis for the last several years of her illness.
In her application for employment for the U.S. Postal Service, Rachel wrote, “My strongest asset is determination and belief that no task is impossible.”
She is survived by one son, Bernie William Pinard of Woodstock; two grandchildren: Courtney Pinard of Rockville, Md., and Brigette Pinard Cook of Fletcher, N.C.; two great-grandsons: Tyler Alexander Cook and Spencer William Cook of Fletcher, N.C. She is also survived by nieces, Andrea Lehtonen of Greenville, N.H., Lynne Leonard of North Springfield, Mary Maher of Hyannis, Mass., Barbara MacDonald of Spartonburg, S.C., Gail Weiss of Summerville, S.C.; and nephews Loran Greenslet of Ludlow and Vaughn Petraglia of Manchester, N.H.; and many grand and great-grand-nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her older brother, Andrew Petraglia of North Springfield and her older sisters, Carmella Petraglia Greenslet and Ida Petraglia Lehtonen, both of Ludlow and Fortura Petraglia Danien of Hyannis, Mass. formerly of Windsor. She was also predeceased by her former husband, Robert William Pinard.
Adams Funeral Homes and Cremation Service has been entrusted with the arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the December 19, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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