Rachel Margaret Berends, age 94, of New Richmond, Wisconsin died peacefully at the Deerfield Arbor surrounded by her family on March 10, 2018. She was born on November 27, 1923 in New Richmond to Francis & Mary (Donahue) Casey. In 1949 she married Ralph Berends and that marriage lasted 59 years. Rachel was devoted to her faith, family, friends; always putting other's needs before her own. She was a very passionate "walker" and took great pride in her Irish heritage.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; siblings, James (Kate) Casey, Mary Casey, Eileen (Jack) Owen, Kay (Max) Benner, Frank Casey, Monica (Jack) Knight, Grace (Ewald) Brinkman, Patricia (Willard) Anderson.
Survived by her children, Jean (Steve) Meyer, Michael Berends, Mary Jo Berends; grandchildren, Katie (Scott) Cole, Eric Meyer, Scott, Meyer, Tyler Berends; great grandchildren, Kenley & Gracie Cole. Also survived by sister-in-law Barbara "Bobbi" Berends; and many, many special nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 AM on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the Church. Interment Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. We are forever grateful for the loving care received by the Deerfield Arbor Staff and St. Croix Hospice.