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Rachael Ann Bocchino  

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.

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  1. Vickie Snyder, February 6, 2017

    Such a beautiful memorial…. a wonderful story of her life…..and your willingness to share her cause of death to help so many others . Thoughts and prayers for family, friends and all who loved her. RIP Magenta ( Rachael).

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  2. Gretchen Mayo, February 6, 2017

    This is the most powerful obituary I’ve ever seen. I am so proud of you for being honest. It is amazing that you saw the opportunity to convey a message and hopefully make a difference. She did not die in vain. I cried the whoke time I read this. Jeannie & family, you’ve done a beautiful thing.

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  3. Elizabeth Brown, February 6, 2017

    My heart and thoughts are with Rachel’s family, I only knew the young Rachel, but I remember her smile, her laugh, and her outgoing personality. I remember her doing her little sister thing and purposely nagging Becca and Rob, with that mischievous beautiful smile. Rachel, may you rest easy now and watch over your family as their guardian angel…

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  4. Kathy Shoemaker, February 6, 2017

    Jeannie,

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your girl.

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  5. Terri loughney, February 6, 2017

    May god bless your family . I had the pleasure of chatting with magenta at our pool. She had beautiful soul and will surely be missed. She is with God now and I believe she is at peace.

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    • Rich Snyder, February 8, 2017

      Which pool?

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  6. Lisa Sheridan, February 6, 2017

    RIP Rachael, may god wrap his loving arms around your family , may you fly high angel. God bless, Lisa.

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  7. Jenn Hookey, February 6, 2017

    Oh Jeanie,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain your going thru. I pray that you find peace knowing she will no longer suffer, you no longer have to worry. I’m sure Kevin was waiting for her to guide her home safe. Remeber the good times, talk of them , think of them often, and share when the opportunity arises. You will always have a piece of her with you in your heart, and with Liahm. This road ahead will not be easy, you but remeber you can’t give up..use the signs around you as guidance. Bless you and your family. XoxoxoxO

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  8. Maria Moss, February 6, 2017

    Jeanie, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you, Liahm, and the rest of your family. God bless.

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  9. Jim and Val O'Connor, February 6, 2017

    Jeanie, Jim and I are so sorry for your loss. We couldn’t imagine how you and your family are feeling now. May the Lord be with you in this tragic time.

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  10. Beverly Melendez, February 7, 2017

    My prayers are with you all! My son Eddie was taken from me because those demons called addiction took my son too almost 3 yrs ago Leaving 4 kids. It’s so painful. I have another son fighting the same demons every day all I can do is pray.They say time heals pain but I disagree. It’s not that it gets better it’s what you have get used to and accept in order to move on . I am so sorry for your loss. I pray everyday for strength .The only thing that consoles my heart is to know he is not suffering any more! R.i.p Rachel

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    • Jeanie, February 15, 2017

      Thank you. I’ll pray for you and your family. May God shed light for those who are still struggling with this demon.

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  11. Laura Malmstrom, February 7, 2017

    Rachael was an amazing young woman and her loss will absolutely be felt by everyone who knew her. When Rachael and I used to talk about her career goals, she always said she just wanted to help people. She did everything in her power to help those around her in life, and by sharing her story, her legacy of helping others will continue. Rest in peace, Rachael, I will miss our talks. Love and peace…

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  12. Tondra Mangrum, February 7, 2017

    Rachael was the most amazing young lady. Intelligenyome is the name we gave her. I remember watching her as a baby and would not sleep without her silky. I miss her and always will keep her in my heart. You’ve earned your wings. Sleep in peace and you and Jamar watch over us. Love aunt Minner.

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  13. Tiffany Masell, February 7, 2017

    What a beautiful life she had with such a strong family. And I applaud her family for keeping true to Rachael and her struggle with addiction while still pointing out that that wasn’t all she was. She was so much more and I’m sure she will be remembered lovingly by everyone who knew her.

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  14. Judy Shepherd, February 8, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of Rachel’s passing. I only remember her from my daughter’s school friends. Praying comfort and strength to all for the days, months, and years ahead.

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  15. Rich Snyder, February 8, 2017

    I miss you baby… you were my rock as I was yours… I had your back from the start… even why it was just you and me… I don’t care what people think… if that think of you as a good person or not… you were so much more to me… I will tell your story for the rest of my life… in hopes to change or save someone…i love you my queen… TOGETHER FOREVER!!! 12/8/15

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  16. Sandra Schepacarter, February 17, 2017

    Dear Jeannie

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you the strength to get through this tragedy. Your posting was beautiful. God bless you and your family. Love to mom & dad
    Sandra, Lew and Mark Schepacarter.

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