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Rachel Stahler
  • 47 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 5, 1969
  • Date of passing: Aug 27, 2016
Love and Light Forever

Our world was better because Rachel was in it. She was a bright light, leaving kindness, laughter and love in every life she touched. She will be remembered for her gorgeous smile, razor sharp wit and generous heart. Simply put, Rachel was an unwavering beacon of love.

Though shocked and saddened, we are among a lucky group of people—those who were touched, however briefly, by Rachel’s incredible soul. May our memories of her shine brightly, may her jokes always be on the tips of our tongues, may our hearts be fuller and kinder because she is in them, forever. 

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A private memorial service will be held for Rachel on September 11th. In lieu of flowers, Rachel's family has asked that a donation be made in her honor to Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary. Your generosity is so graciously appreciated.


Lily's Legacy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Petaluma, California. They are dedicated to providing a haven of love and care for abandoned, homeless, or displaced senior dogs. Your contribution in Rachel's honor goes directly to the organization; providing food, dog goodies, veterinary care and sanctuary maintenance.

You can donate here. In the description section, you can specify that you're donating in Rachel's honor.

Other ways to donate
by mail:
Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary
PO Box 751002 
Petaluma, CA 94975

by phone: 
(415) 488-4984 

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Other gestures of kindness, like cards, can be mailed in care of Kelly Cess. Please contact her through Facebook or this memorial site for a mailing address. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jo Howe on 6th September 2016

"Rachel and I were childhood friends. We lost touch for years before we reconnected on Facebook, bonding over rescue dogs and snarky or inspiring memes. Rachel was so clever and so smart. She had a giant heart filled with love and light... and an understanding and empathy for for people who were hurting. I never thought I'd run out of time to see her again.
All my love and condolences to Simone, to Katie, to all of her family."

This tribute was added by Kim Carvalho Wagner on 4th September 2016

"What a great loss to all who knew Rachel....what a funny,amazing,caring woman.... I'm so blessed to have been in her light...even though it was only a couple of years while we worked together....may you always know we loved you for your open mind and spirit...and your tenacity...we love you..Kim and "Mom" Natalie...Fall River,MA"

This tribute was added by Dana McFadden on 1st September 2016

"What a sad loss for us all.  :(   Rachel and I grew up together in Niles.  I have some really great memories of us as kids.  She will be missed by so many! Rest in peace, Rachel."

This tribute was added by Simona Curtis on 1st September 2016

"I met my Rachel in high school. We had some classes together and I always remembered her laugh, her sharp wit and sassy red hair. Years later, after reconnecting on Facebook, we became fast friends. Rachel had the most caring, generous heart. She saw the best in everyone and gave help to any and all. She hated to see cruelty in any form. She was light personified. I was lucky enough to have been married to this beautiful, beanie-wearing Angel for 2 1/2 years. We shared a lifetime of memories in that time and my heart is hers. Always. All ways. She was my light, my love, my Angel. Such a pure soul, taken way too soon. Unforgettable, amazing, beautiful. There are not enough words to describe my wife and the life we had. I love you to the moon and back, sweet Rach. I miss you so."

This tribute was added by Kelly Cess on 31st August 2016

"Sending all my love to Rachel's family, beloved pups, Kate, and Simona. I hope you all know how deeply loved and adored your sweet Rachel is, even in her absence. You are all in my thoughts."


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