Chester-Rachel Rose Doyle Meher, 97, passed away peacefully in Noble Hospital January 12, 2021 with family by her side. Rachel was born September 11, 1923 to John and Doris (Turner) Rose and was a lifelong resident of Chester, attending the local schools. She was a dedicated resident of Chester serving as its Treasurer, Tax Collector, Town Clerk and Assessor over her lifetime. She was a founding member of Chester’s Senior Citizen group. Rachel also served as the scholarship custodian for the Chester High School Alumni for many years. She was a member of the United Church of Christ and Eastern Star. Rachel worked many years in the offices of Chester’s Cortland Grinding Wheel company and was later a teller at the Chester Cooperative Bank, notably being at work when the bank was robbed in the 70’s. Her favorite pastimes were knitting, sewing, visiting with family and friends and especially sitting by the water at Otis Reservoir. Rachel is survived by her daughter, Kathy Bodendorf and children, Jarren (Stephanie) and Jennifer (Nate) Houle; her son, David Doyle and daughters, Tracy and Teresa; her daughter-in-law Eleanor Doyle and children, Deena, Donald and Justin; and 12 great grandchildren. Rachel was predeceased by her husband’s Fred Doyle and Leo Meher; her brothers, Clifford and Francis; her children, Linda and Douglas Doyle and step daughter, Cheryl Meher Brown.
The family would like to thank Sherry Henry and Marcella Phelps for helping Rachel enjoy living in her home for as long as she could. Rachel, known for being kind and soft spoken, will be missed by all those who knew her.
A graveside service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chester Council On Aging donation account in Rachel’s memory.
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