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Rachel Rhodes

Rachel A. Rhodes (Canto)

Sunday, June 19th, 1932 - Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
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Rachel A. (Canto) Rhodes, 87 of North Adams, MA died Tuesday October 15, 2019 at Williamstown Commons.
She was born in Hoboken, NJ on June 19, 1932 daughter of Richard and Mary (Cerbo) Canto. She attended schools in New Jersey and received her nursing degree at Christ Hospital of Nursing in Jersey City. She later completed courses at Berkshire Community College, Russell Sage and Fitchburg State College.
Rachel began her nursing career at Christ Hospital and then worked at Williamstown Medical Associates. She served as the first director of nursing at Sweetbrook Nursing Home and then was the Director of the Williamstown Visiting Nurses Association from 1973 to 1985. Rachel then worked at Northern Berkshire Counseling Center until 1990 and was last employed at North Adams Regional Hospital until her retirement in 1995. After her retirement she continued working as the manager of General Dynamics Medical Center in Pittsfield and as the Hancock School Nurse.
She was a member of the Second Congregational Church where she served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. Rachel served the town of Hancock on its Council of Aging and Board of Health for many years.
She was the widow of Alden D. Rhodes who died on December 11, 1988. They were married on January 1, 1982. Survivors include one daughter- Deanna Babula and her husband, James of Martinez, GA; and three sons-Steven R. Botto and his wife, Stacia of Ridgewood, NJ; Wayne R. Botto and his wife, Yelli of Plantation, FL and Scott C. Botto and his wife, Jodie of Clarksburg. She also leaves nine grandchildren- Brandon Botto, Nicholas Botto, Ryan Babula, Megan Babula, Jacob Botto, William Botto, Victoria Botto, Blake Botto, and Sophia Botto; two great grandchildren- Violet Botto and Miles Albert Botto; two brothers- Thomas Canto and Richard Canto and nieces and nephews. One brother and one sister are deceased- Louis Canto and Jean Poole.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Rachel Rhodes will be Saturday October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Second Congregational Church in Williamstown. Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are Friday from 4-6 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church or the Hancock Fire Dept. in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals- West Chapel
    521 West Main St.
    North Adams, MA 01247
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Second Congregational Church
    81 Hancock Rd.
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  • Interment

    Southlawn Cemetery
    New Ashford Rd.
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Suze Kopynec

Posted at 08:59pm
There was no closer, finer friend than Aunt Rachel. We laughed, we cried, we savored life, sharing times together that will be treasured forever. She gave of herself wholeheartedly to love others and to support them on their journeys. The gift of acceptance of others (Just as they are) was one of her signature strengths. I have never laughed harder or lived more deeply with anyone. The gift she gave will live on forever as she has transformed our world with her ability to be truly present with those she was around. I am ever grateful for the positive impact and difference she made in my life and lives of so many others. RIP, dearest Aunt Rachel, as you can enjoy the fruits of your presence on earth, knowing that the ripple effect from your life continues. I will love and miss you always until we meet again. Yours will be one of the first faces who will greet me, with your booming laughter and love. I am so grateful for having known you. ❤️🙏🏻😘 Thank you. I love you so very much.

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With deepest sympathy, Love from John and Cathy Hart and family.
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Debby Shank

Posted at 10:53am
I remember Rachel as a fun loving wonderful person. She and Bob were always dear friends of my parents. She was always happy and smiling, and oh what a laugh! I can't think of my childhood without thinking of the Botto family. I am so sorry for your loss. Rachel will be so missed. Love, Debby Shank

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Posted at 08:42am
Dear Steven, Stacia, Will, Blake and family. May you find peace to bring comfort and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Doris J

Posted at 08:10am
My deepest condolences. I briefly got to meet “Deanna’s Mom” a while back, and remember her fondly as a very sweet lady. Moms are precious: they are our caretakers when we are little, and our confidantes when we grow up. I am so sorry for your loss.

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