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Official Obituary of

Rachel Pamela (Tassie) Holmes

February 24, 2024

Rachel Holmes Obituary

Mrs. Rachel P. (Tassie) Holmes, 95, of Milford MA died Saturday (February 24, 2024) at Blaire House of Milford after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert E. Holmes who died in 1998.


Rachel was born in Calcutta India, the daughter of the late Joseph A. Tassie and the late Winifred G. (Christy) Tassie. She attended schools in India as a young girl and graduated from high school in Simla India.


Rachel was first employed as a young woman at the former McCann’s Ice Cream Shop located on Main Street in Milford MA. She later worked for 42 years at Fen-Wal Corporation located in Ashland MA.


Rachel was a longtime communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Milford MA. She loved to travel with her late husband, Robert. She also was an avid gardener; loved to read; loved to knit & sew; and also loved to do oil paintings. But her favorite past-time was spending with her beloved family members.


Rachel is survived by her 3 children: Robert J. Holmes and his wife Ellen of Hopkinton MA, Cynthia M. “Cindy” Canal and her husband Daniel Canal of Upton MA and Catherine A. “Katie” Pettingell and her husband Mark Pettingell of Waltham MA; her 8 grandchildren: Dennis Canal and his wife Denise Canal, Ann Marie Salvatore and her husband Daniel Salvatore, Jack Gustafson, Joseph Gustafson and his wife Addi Gustafson, Robert E. Holmes and his wife Michelle Holmes, Rachel Holmes, Theodore Pettingell & Matthew Pettingell; her 8 great grandchildren; several nieces & nephews and her dear friends: Jay & Vera Ring of Milford MA.    


Her funeral will be held SATURDAY (March 2nd) at 9am from the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 19 Winter Street, Milford MA. Burial will follow in Vernon Grove Cemetery in Milford MA.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The St. Mary of the Assumption Church Renovation Fund, c/o St. Mary’s Church Offices, 17 Winter Street, Milford MA 01757.

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Mass of Christian Burial
March 2, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Mary of the Assumption Church
19 Winter Street
Milford, MA 01757


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