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Rachel Lynn DiStefano
  • 15 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 10, 2000
  • Date of passing: Jan 31, 2016
As a Christian, I now get to live forever with Jesus. I will always be with you, my precious Mom, Dad, sisters, brother, aunts, uncles and friends - all I did was change my address...

We Celebrate you today Rachel and the love from 360. We will never say goodbye only "we will see you soon". Rachel DiStefano, 15, born on August 10, 2000 and now living with Jesus as of January 31, 2016.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Gerry DiStefano on 14th January 2018

"Oh my little angel - just sitting here thinking of you. This sadness will all be a distant memory one day when He calls me home and I can meet Jesus and you. Father God, thank You for caring for Rachel so well. I love you both...."

This tribute was added by Kathy Costagliola on 10th August 2017

"Happy Birthday Beautiful, Sweet, Funny Rachel, You always lit up every room and brought happiness where ever you were.  I know heaven is brighter with your light shining through!  The Costagliolas love you and miss you we will always carry your beautiful spirit with us always!  Love you!"

This tribute was added by Ari Gall on 10th August 2017

"I hope you talking to my grandparents and extended family up there ari."

This tribute was added by Gerry DiStefano on 10th August 2017

"My angel.....your 17th birthday here on earth is really your second in an eternal number of them coming your way as you live with Jesus. I miss you so much and Long to hold you and hear your voice, and praise God I will get to do those things again when He calls me home. I love you baby girl, forever and a day. Daddy"

This tribute was added by Harry Wilson on 13th February 2017

"Rachel, it's hard to believe that you're contagious smile and laughter have been gone for over a year now.  Seems like you were always smiling and laughing, regardless of what was going on.  I miss chatting with you on the phone, while waiting for your mom or dad to pick up.  It was always a pleasant surprise when you answered.

I imagine you have been busy bringing smiles to a lot of people's' faces.  I miss you, but it won't be long 'till those of us who know Jesus as our savior will be going home to join you. Then, we'll get to see your smile and hear you laugh again!"

This tribute was added by Gerard Distefano on 13th February 2017

"My angel - one short year ago we celebrated your life in a beautiful church service. I think of you every day and will do so until I join you and Jesus. Enjoy your new life sweet girl."

This tribute was added by Patty Hermans on 2nd February 2017

"To My Uncle Gerard, Aunt Debbie, Diana & Sarah, It has taken me a few days to write this message hoping the perfect, most comforting words would come to mind. Yet still, 2 days later, nothing seems like it would ease your pain. Rachel's smile (brighter than the brightest star) can bring happiness to anyone and at the same time gives me a lump in my throat and brings tears of sadness to my eyes. I would just like to say that I love you all and I am so sorry she is not with us any longer. We will never forget her and her bright smile! Love, "Cousin" Patty"

This tribute was added by Edita Aleksik on 31st January 2017

"Rachel was my best friend in middle school/high school. She was truly a light, and a bundle full of laughter. I love her, and miss her so so much! She is up there in heaven having a blast and I know she's watching over me. She was a lovely person with a beautiful soul.

Love Edita, Juliya, Mira, Ivan, Mike, and Eddie"

This tribute was added by Joe Hamway on 31st January 2017

"My God daughter; You now live in peace, and no pain, Rachel.
This is the only Earthly comfort we have.

Uncle Joe, Aunt Cora, Sammy, and Joseph."

This tribute was added by Ari Gall on 31st January 2017

"Hi Rachel i hope you are having fun with my bubbie and zayde and my grandma up there Ari."

This tribute was added by barbara diamant on 31st January 2017

"My deepest sympathy to all my cousins on this sad anniversary. Rachel's beauty remains in all our hearts.  May your love for each other bring you comfort. Cousin Barbara"

This tribute was added by Gerry DiStefano on 31st January 2017

"My angel......not a moment goes by that I don't miss you or have you in my mind and heart. I know you can't see or hear me, but Jesus, who you are walking with and get to see every day, does. I pray daily that He cares for you and know you are eternally healed and loving eternal life. I will see you both someday soon "in the blink of an eye". You will always be my baby girl and my best friend. Love always, daddy"

This tribute was added by Mark Cerney on 31st January 2017

"You are missed beyond words... but your earthly efforts continue to help many. God knew his plan for you Psalm 91:11  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. We love you!"

This tribute was added by Linda Atkinson on 13th October 2016

"Rachel, you do not know me...but I was friends with your Dad many, many, years ago....when I heard that you were sick, I prayed for you to get well . .but  our dear Lord, needed you with him, so he took you home and you became another beautiful Angel in our Forever home, Heaven. There you are free of any pain and you are well again, that is a blessing.  I do hope to meet you someday when I am called home too, until then,  watch over your Family and I am sending you love up to Heaven!!!!"

This tribute was added by Carol Holder on 11th August 2016

"Never forgotten..."

This tribute was added by barbara diamant on 10th August 2016

"Thinking of you all on this special day, and wishing you peace and comfort from the love you all share. Cousin Barbara"

This tribute was added by Mark Cerney on 10th August 2016

"Rachel, you will always be the sunshine that warms my heart, know that not a day goes by that your not missed. Your laughter was the magic that resonates in my mind. I know today is your special day but everyday we rejoice in the knowledge that we were blessed to call you our niece and our family. We love you Aunty Kerri"

This tribute was added by Gerard Distefano on 10th August 2016

"Happy 16th birthday angel....we will always celebrate here on earth the day Christ gave you to us to raise for Him. You won your race - see you when I cross my finish line. Love always, Daddy"

This tribute was added by Diana Brown on 14th February 2016

"Gerry, Debbie, and your entire Family,
Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you all. I thank you so much for introducing your beautiful Rachel to me. In the short time I've  known you, I can say with the utmost gratitude, Thank You for Blessing me with such a Faith Driven Family. You will forever be in my Heart.. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Rachel is now in Heaven soaring with her new wings because she is now an Angel and she will be there to receive you all one day very soon to spend eternity together. My sincerest Love Always My New Friends. Diana Brown"

This tribute was added by Jane McAlister on 10th February 2016

"I just heard about your sweet Rachel. I cannot express to you how much I hated to hear the news. She was always a delightful patient with such a sweet smile.  She fought a good fight.  I cannot imagine how much you miss her but know that the God we serve will comfort you and give you the strength to continue in this life. We have a hope knowing Rachel is well, walking streets of gold and praising Jesus for the sacrifice He made for us. I pray that you will have a peace knowing that you will see her again.  2 Samuel 12:22-23"

This tribute was added by barbara diamant on 7th February 2016

"Dear Gerard, Debbie, Diana, Sarah, and Michael,
Our sorrow at the loss of your beautiful daughter and sister is profound.  We are so grateful for having known Rachel. She will always remain in our hearts.  We send you our heartfelt sympathy with the hope you find peace in the love and strong family bonds that you are blessed with.  Know we are thinking of you and sending our deepest sympathy. Cousins Barbara and John"

This tribute was added by Katie Abril on 5th February 2016

"Precious Rachel aka "Stinky". I have so many wonderful memories of you. Swimming in the pool in the summers, playing scene it with the whole family(and you falling asleep), holidays, Sunday lunches at the Monster's house, you keeping eating more meatballs!, hearing your mom and dad always say "Come here Mommmy. Give me a kiss!". You are so loved precious little one! Everyone who knew you lit up when they saw your face and smile. My heart is so sad that we don't have more time to watch you grow anymore. But, we will see you again. You are in no more pain. I have thought of you every day. Love you Miss Rachel! Love, Pookess"

This tribute was added by Ari Gall on 4th February 2016

"I always had fun when I would come down and visit Mike and you and the rest of your family You will be forever missed glad you are not in pain any more."

This tribute was added by Cindy Grimley on 4th February 2016

"I am very sorry that you lost Rachel at such an young age.  As her parents you gave her the best gift anyone could have given her....the gift of life. As family and friends you gave her your love. Now she has eternal life.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Steve Goldman on 4th February 2016

"From Trudy & Steve Goldman.  We wish to send along our sympathy to the DiStefano family.  Our thoughts & prayers have been with your family, since we learned of Rachel's condition from Mark & his family.  We are so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Debbie Schneider Sanders on 4th February 2016

"The Distefano family is in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time...we were never fortunate enough to meet Rachel. Reading all of these tributes she must have been an amazing young woman. She is now with our Lord pain free, and watching over her family. Sending prayers for comfort and strength..."

This tribute was added by Martha Usher on 4th February 2016

"Our hearts are absolutely broken and though Rachel is rejoicing with our Savior, complete and whole once again in body and spirit, the tears still fall. Looking through the pictures on this tribute I see what a beautiful young lady she was and cannot get over how much she and her sisters look like their beautiful Mom. You all have a huge hole in your hearts and no doubt find life very hard right now without Rachel but I am certain that God will provide the comfort you all need today and in the days to come!! One day in the not so distant future you will all be reunited again as we all will with our loved ones. Andy & I are praying for your precious family to receive the grace and strength that only God can provide during this unfathomable time of sorrow. Hold on to HIM, he will take you through this valley & up to the mountain top. She is suffering no more!! Love you all!!"

This tribute was added by Clyda Bodie on 4th February 2016

"Michael, There are no words that I can offer your family during this time.  Please just know that you are all in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Carol Moeller on 4th February 2016

"Rachel, you have been an inspiration to anyone that has known you.  Rest in peace and love knowing that you have given more than you will ever know."

This tribute was added by Joe DiStrfano on 3rd February 2016

"Rachel, I have said so many times the last few days that you are an angel that was sent here for a purpose.  There is not a person that you met that you did not touch in some way or possibly changed their life for the better.  That smile always lit up the room.  Rest easy now honey.  You will always be with us and you will absolutely always be Uncle Joey's peanut.  Love you always sweet child."

This tribute was added by Hannah Leonhardt on 2nd February 2016

"Rachel was a light that will remain shining bright forever in my life. She always had the best attitude and always had a smile on her face! I am so glad that she is no longer in pain and is with Jesus! I am sure God has prepared a tuna noodle casserole for her made with only the best tuna. I would like to think that she may even be sharing it with Ester who fought for people as Rachel fought cancer! Both champions in the eyes of Christ! Rachel was a great friend, and I am so happy our paths crossed and we got to share in our journeys together! I love you, Rachel!!!!"

This tribute was added by Deb Shupe on 2nd February 2016

"I will always remember your precious face from our Killian days. You were always there with a smile and a hug to boot. Your sweet spirit was crystal clear, and made everyone around you feel the joy of that spirit. I know your family is grieving right now, but I can picture you in Heaven watching over them until you are all together again. You are missed here on earth, but the reunion in Heaven will be so amazing. Rest in peace sweet girl."

This tribute was added by Angel Leah Nuñezz on 2nd February 2016

"Rachel, you are such a funny goofy little girl and so full of spunk! You have a true heart of gold and full of such innocence and purity. I am in tears as I write this and trying to register still that you left us just yesterday but I praise God that you are no longer struggling and in pain. I still can't believe its true. I have so many fond memories with you, my favorite of which are playing Barbies and the crazy wild stories we would come up with about "Ling Ling"! I long for those days. You were always so happy and full of energy. I miss the days when I'd see you and you'd jump into my arms or I'd carry you around on my back like a little monkey. I don't think I've ever seen you sad or complaining. You were always happy, always smiling and always so kind to me. Rachel you are my family and like a little sister to me. You fought a tough battle and your strength and courage is beyond admirable. Its amazing to see such a young girl such as yourself faced with a cancer so intense and aggressive yet you faced each day with a positive face despite the pain and ultimately kept your faith in God. I love you and I know that you are in the arms of God along with my little sister Summer. You will always be in my heart, your smile will never fade from my mind. Thank you for being an incredible, delightful and radiant part of my life. Forever young ♥"

This tribute was added by kathy/sal costagliola on 2nd February 2016

"Rachel you are a beautiful girl inside an out.  Your smile and laughter made everyone around you smile and laugh.  We are so blessed to have known you .  Heaven is welcoming a sweet beautiful Angel You will always be in our hearts! Everytime we think of you we will think of that sweet beautiful smile we will  Smile/! We Love you!"

This tribute was added by Herbert Ausubel on 2nd February 2016

"From Dr. Herbert Ausubel
As one who has been involved in the treatment of cancer for more than 6 decades, I communicated with your father many times with regard to the illness from which you were suffering.  
And now you reside in the home of our Creator.  You are now in your eternal rest.  
I picture you as being a spokesperson asking the Ruler of the Universe to protect the loved ones you left behind.
May the Lord comfort the family you left behind and may you be an inspiration to those of us who search for better treatments of the disease that took you from us."

This tribute was added by Carol Holder on 2nd February 2016

"Rachel was one of my all time favorite students in my Chess Club at Rainbow Lake Middle School.  She was funny, smart, sassy and yet respectful when she needed to be!  I loved her spirit and I am heartbroken that she is gone.  I too was blessed in knowing her."

This tribute was added by Patrick Ballard on 2nd February 2016

"I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Rachel. I taught her in the 6th and 8th grade and got the great opportunity to know her. She was a wonderful and gentle young lady. She was the type of person that we all strive to be and she will be greatly missed. I know that she will forever have a place in heaven and in my heart. My life is better for having known her. Rachel you truly were one of my favorite students of all time."

This tribute was added by Gerry DiStefano on 2nd February 2016

"My littlest angel..... what an awesome gift God gave to me in allowing me to be your earthly father and shepherd. I was there with you when He gave you the breath of life, and there with you when He received it back. I am sure of your presence with Christ as I was with you when you gave your life to Him, and when you were baptized and reborn in Him. You were not just my littlest girl but my best friend, doing everything from gathering firewood to garage sailing, yet had all the traits a young godly woman possesses. You will always be with me here, and though I wanted to be with Jesus first and receive you and your Mom and sisters and brother, that privilege is now yours alone. I shall see you in the blink of an eye my precious one - until I arrive, you go and enjoy Heaven with Jesus, Summer, Gram and all who have stayed faithful, finished the trial, and won the race. I love you, my precious Lamb of God....Daddy"

This tribute was added by Kerri Cerney on 1st February 2016

"Your name In Hebrew means,  'The Lamb Of God! We will never forget you Rachel, especially how you made us all feel, if I could reach up and hold a star for every time you made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand! You left an imprint in all our hearts. I feel so very blessed to have been apart of your youth and to call you my family! What makes me smile now is seeing you living eternally in heaven dancing and doing cartwheels every day! I will cherish each and every moment I ever had with you, our sweet little angel! You are and will forever be loved and remembered"

This tribute was added by Celeste Cerney on 1st February 2016

"I always wondered why bad things happen to such good people so far still haven't been able to figure it out. All I know is Rachel was one of the best people I've ever met, she had a heart of gold and always left a smile on my face. She and Sarah and Diana danced into my life when I need them the most. And yes I mean danced I always rememeber her doing some sort of dance or flips and cartwheels. I was always envious to how flexible she was. I only knew her for a short while but I'm so blessed for everyday I did. You may have started out as of one of my friends that would just play Barbies with me and show me your awesome ball collection, but I'm happy to say you turned into so much more than that. You are my sister and I love you with all my heart, I just hope you know that. I'm so sorry I couldn't be there for you in person but trust me I was there in spirit and there is not a day that goes by that I didn't pray for you. Thank you for being a part of my life I can't imagine life with out you. You are in heaven now with my other sister but I know you are still watching over your family cause family was everything to you. You are now their little Gardian angel watching over them and protecting them. If someone ever asked who my hero is, I would say you. Your always kept so positive and never stopped fighting, you had hope and you trusted God would take care of you. I know the heavens are shinning brighter now with you in it. Just because you left this crazy world does not mean your aren't still in our hearts and minds. You will be missed dearly my sister. I love you Rachel ❤️"

This tribute was added by Mark Cerney on 31st January 2016

"From Jayne Moran:
"Gerry, you and your family are faced with the reality of loss today. And as life goes on, days rolling into nights, it will become clear that you never really stop missing someone special who’s gone, you just learn to live around the gaping hole of their absence.When you lose someone you can’t imagine living without, your heart breaks wide open, and the bad news is you never completely get over the loss. You will never forget them. However, in a backwards way, this is also the good news. They will live on in the warmth of your broken heart that doesn’t fully heal back up, and you will continue to grow and experience life, even with your wound. It’s like badly breaking an ankle that never heals perfectly, and that still hurts when you dance, but you dance anyway with a slight limp, and this limp just adds to the depth of your performance and the authenticity of your character. The people you lose remain a part of you. Remember them and always cherish the Good moments spent with them."

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little – but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me – but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me – But Let me Go!"

This tribute was added by Mark Cerney on 31st January 2016

"Rachel I know you can read this, you will forever be part of the Cerney family. You and your sisters are like my kids. Your lion Heart Mother and Gate Keeper Father are like my brother and sister. We will continue to celebrate your birthday. We will continue to speak with you in the present and you'll always be with us now and forever. You've left your earthly cocoon so now you can soar baby girl, enjoy your wings you are an Angel. I have so many tears writing this now. Kiss my daughter for me Summer Cerney tell her Daddy loves her...."

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