IN MEMORIAM: Rachel Desrochers

by Jane Ahrens

Rachel Denise Desrochers, St. Johnsbury native and mostly recently of Granby, Connecticut, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Hartford, Conn.

She was born June 3, 1952 in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Armand and Dorothy (Salls) Desrochers. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1970 and was noted for her athletic involvements. She attended UVM with an athletic scholarship.

Rachel has lived in Connecticut for the past 25 years and built her career in the hospitality industry, a career that brought her to many beautiful places from the Berkshires to the Florida gulf coast. Since 2006 Rachel has managed the snack bar and beach club at the Fishers Island Club off Long Island, the oldest links golf course in the US. Her love for the island and the people there was matched only by their love for her.

Rachel is survived by her closest friends and colleagues, Tim and Cindy Tillotson; her brother Francis; four sisters Theresa Goldrick and husband Matt, Annette May and husband Dick, Robin Heath and husband Steve, Jeanne Nummelin and husband Jeff; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Armand and Dorothy Desrochers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Johnsbury at the St. John the Evangelist Church on Tuesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Bernard Gaudreau, celebrant. Committal services will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In her leisure time Rachel loved to watch the Red Sox, a love she said she inherited from her Mom! Rachel took pride in her work, found happiness with her friends, and took great comfort in her family. Rachel touched all those who knew her and will be deeply missed by all.

Memorial contributions, payable to ‘St. Johnsbury Academy” and marked for “kampiwannahavefun”, (a youth sports camp), 1000 Main St., St. Johnsbury VT 05819; or visit

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Published in the Caledonian Record May 4, 2016

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