Rachel Antoinette Bain(1914 - 2014)

Rachel Antoinette Bain Jul. 21, 1914 - Feb. 20, 2014 WAUREGAN - Rachel Antoinette Bain, 99, of Wauregan, CT, died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Villa Maria Nursing Home in Plainfield. Born July 21, 1914 in Wauregan, daughter of Francis and Mary Louise (Duprey) Potvin. She attended Sacred Heart School and Plainfield High School. Rachel worked at Wauregan Mills and was Captain of Garde Ste. Rose de Lima drill team in her late teens and early twenties. She joined the WAAC (Woman's Army Auxiliary Corps) in 1942 and had basic training at Daytona Beach, FL from January through March of 1943. Rachel was assigned to Bolling Field in Washington, DC and worked in the Port Exchange for four years. She was assigned to many bases in the United States, Europe and Asia in a variety of positions including Instructor in basic training, recruiting, First Sergeant in WAC Units. She was honorably discharged in January 1971 as Master Sergeant with 28 years of service. Rachel enjoyed traveling through all 50 states, most of Canada, spent one year in Italy, three years in Germany and four years in Japan. Since retirement, she has lived in Hartford for 32 years, in Dayville for seven years and returned to Wauregan in 2004. She leaves a foster sister Rose Duprey, her caretaker Darlene Sweet, niece JoAnn Nipula; nephew Edward Potvin and his wife Anna, niece Lucille Forbes and her husband Kenneth. She was predeceased by her stepfather Elzear Boucher, her brothers Alphonse Potvin and his wife Blanche, Henry Potvin and his wife Loyola, her sister Gertrude Marszalek and her husband John, and her former husband Wirt Bain. Calling Hours Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Gagnon and Costello Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds Street, Danielson, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in Sacred Heart Church 620 Wauregan Road, Wauregan. Burial with Military Honors in the spring in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 468, Wauregan, CT 06387. To share a memory with her family "Light a Candle" at www.gagnonandcostellofh.com

Funeral Home

Gagnon & Costello Funeral Home
33 Reynolds Street Danielson, CT 06239
(860) 774-9403

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Feb. 23, 2014