Rachael Ann Bocchino
December 16, 1988 – February 1, 2017
Rachael Ann Bocchino, age 28, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, as the result of a heroin overdose. Our beautiful girl struggled for a very long time with her addiction. Heroin stole time while she was here, and the future we thought we had with her. Rachael wasn’t defined by her addiction though. She was so much more than that; a mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, fiancée, niece, aunt, cousin and a friend to many.
Born on December 16, 1988 in Newark, DE, she was the youngest daughter of Jean M. (Walsh) Bocchino-Hall, and the late Peter V. Bocchino.
Rachael had a huge heart and was always willing to help someone, in any way she could. She truly loved children and was the best at playing imagination games and dress up with her son, Liahm. She also enjoyed spending time with her niece and nephews. She really loved being a mom and an aunt. She was always hugging, playing, and talking to the children.
Rachael had a kind heart and a fun spirit. She could talk to anyone. She noticed small details and was quick to give compliments, even to strangers. She always had stories with lots of details, sometimes enough to drive everyone crazy! She was always up for an adventure, even if it sounded completely insane.
She will always be remembered for her warm personality, her love of music and habit of blasting it for hours on end, and for her preferred language – sarcasm!
Our girl was beautiful too – big brown eyes, beautiful lips and the cutest dimples. She was really something. That combination of beauty, brains and her affectionate personality really drew people in.
Heroin is devastating this generation and destroying everything it touches. No one means to get hooked on it. Rachael made mistakes, as we all do. She just couldn’t keep heroin’s grip off of her. She struggled for years with her demons. As tragic as all of this is, now she’s finally free. The pain of losing her is excruciating but in telling her story, maybe it will help someone else. That’s all we can hope for.
In addition to her father, Rachael was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Peter P. Bocchino. She leaves many fond memories to her mother, Jeanie Bocchino-Hall; her son Liahm Poeta; fiancé, Rich Snyder; brothers, Robert Bocchino of Wilmington and Lorenzo Hall III of New Castle; sister, Rebecca Abrams (Adam) of Middletown; stepfather, Lorenzo Hall Jr. of Chambersburg, PA; maternal grandparents, David and Sandra Walsh of Aston, PA; paternal grandmother, Marian Bocchino of Wilmington; step grandparents Celestine and Lorenzo Hall Sr. of North East, MD; niece, Natalie Abrams; nephews, Anthony and Bradley Abrams, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.
A visitation will be held Friday afternoon, February 10, 2017 from 2 pm until 3 pm at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE where a memorial service will begin at 3 pm. Interment will be private.
In honor of Rachael’s love for her son, memorial contributions may be made to the Liahm Poeta Trust Fund, c/o Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720.