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How do you go on day by day when your heart just keeps breaking over and over? How do you get out of bed in the morning when every breath you take is so painful you just want to cover your head with your blanket and hide away from the world? How can the laughter and smiles of three children heal your heart while at the same time you are crying? How can the world ever be the same when it said goodbye to such a beautiful soul? It is simple.... our world will never be the same.

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 9:11 p.m., this world lost one of its most beautiful people.... our beloved mother, wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin... Dr. Rainè Riggs.

Rainè was born December 23, 1972, a daughter of Richard Riggs and Rinda Yukevich Riggs. The story of the day she came home from the hospital was always a family favorite as she was accidentally dropped on her head on grandma's sidewalk. We always laughed and said that knock to the head is what made her so brilliant.

Rainè knew from the time she was a little girl that she was going to become something great and make the world a better place. She graduated valedictorian of her class from Burgettstown High School in 1990. Rainè then attended American University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology. After American University, she attended Harvard University and Brown University, where she earned her master's degree in geriatric neuropsychology and clinical sleep medicine. During her time at Brown University, Rainè received an award from the National Institute of Health for her research study on the affects of chemotherapy on the brain. Finally, Rainè earned her doctorate in neuropsychology at the University of Vermont. Rainè was also the co-director of Behavioral Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School for several years. While there, she developed and started its Palliative Care Department for Dartmouth Medical Center.

Rainè, a truly selfless person, was always heavily involved in working with the homeless, especially homeless veterans. While working at an emergency food shelter in Vermont, she met and married her husband, Levi Sanders.

Rainè also spent time volunteering with pediatric hospice. Rainè was the owner of Riggs Geriatric Psychology in Windsor, Vt. She also volunteered at ground zero after the tragedies of 9/11, providing much needed counseling for survivors, first responders and the families of those who lost their lives.

Even with all of the achievements in education, Rainè always said her crowning achievement in life was the day she became a mother. Rainè Riggs was the proud Momma of Sunnee Riggs Sanders, Ryleigh Riggs Sanders and Grayson Riggs Sanders. From the first moment she held them in her arms, her entire world changed. Rainè's every thought was of her children. She truly strived to make every day of their lives special. Rainè loved to spend time picking berries with her family and then bringing them home and spending the whole day baking. She loved to take her children to festivals and always allowed her children to pick the weekend adventures. There was nothing she would not do for them. Rainè's favorite pastime was spending time at the beach, whether at the lake or the ocean. She made sure the summer was filled with little trips and never wasted a day. Rainè truly lived every day with her children as though it may be the last.

Rainè became ill three weeks ago. The hospitals were stumped. We brought her home last Sunday to UPMC, where she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer. She died two days later. Her last words were to tell her children how much she loved them and she was so sorry that she got sick. Her last moment was spent with her No. 1 cheerleader, her mother, holding her hand and whispering in her ear how much she loved her.

I don't know how our family will ever get over this loss as she was loved so much. I do know that we will continue on because we have to.... we promised her we would. We promised to love her children everyday as if they were our own. We promised to take them on great adventures, to take as many pictures as we could, to live every day as if it were the last, to share in their heartaches and celebrate their achievements. We promised this to her and so we will do it and hopefully every day the pain will become a little less. It is what she wanted.

Rainè Riggs, we will miss you everyday until the day we see your beautiful smile.... I know you will be waiting for us.

Left to cherish Rainè's memory, in addition to her father and knight in shining armor, Richard Riggs, and her mother, best friend and confidant, Rinda Yukevich Riggs of Avella, husband Levi and children Sunnee, Ryleigh and Grayson, are her sister, Renee Riggs and husband Pete Jaskiewicz; grandmothers Gertrude M. Wilber Riggs and Carmelita Lee Gaines Yukevich; an aunt, Darlene Kuhn and husband Donald; uncles Randolph Ryan, Todd Clark, and Herb Riggs and wife Jane; her father-in-law, Sen. Bernard Sanders and wife Jane; mother-in-law Susan Glaeser and husband Hendrik; and cousins Heather Kuhn, Nolan Ryan, Eric Ryan and wife Chrissy and Kristen Yukevich.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Herbert Lewis Riggs and Vincent W. Yukevich Jr.; an aunt, Dorcia Lee Ryan; and an uncle, Vincent Yukevich III.

To honor Rainè's wishes, there will be no public visitation and services will be held privately. Arrangements are under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Those wishing to remember Dr. Riggs in a special way can make a memorial donation in her memory to the charity that meant the most to her, Love Without Boundaries, P.O. Box 1861, Lowell, AK 72745, www.lovewithoutboundaries.com.







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Published in Observer-Reporter on Oct. 8, 2019.
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December 21, 2019
My father, Stanley Yukevich, was Sonny Yukevichs uncle and his wife was Pauline. As children, we often visited with Dorcia , Rinda, and Vincent. After leaving Burgettstown in 1954 we lost touch with the family, except for a trip to Yukevich Motor Sales to buy a Pontiac in 1971. I was so touched by Raines obit and proud to be a member of her extended family. All my love and sympathy to the entire family, especially dear Carmie. JoAnn (Yukevich) Snead.


JoAnn Snead (Yukevich)
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October 25, 2019
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October 23, 2019
I am so sad to hear of your loss, we will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers...The Saben Family
October 12, 2019
Just a beautiful family who raised a beautiful woman. I am so sorry she was taken from us so soon. God Bless
Walter Taylor
October 11, 2019
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Dana Ferland
October 10, 2019
Levi and family, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your wife, mother and daughter. Please allow all of your most beautiful and precious memories bring smiles into your hearts now during this most difficult time and throughout the future. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It seems like a lifetime ago that I worked with you in VT at the foodshelf. The advice you gave me then made a world of difference. May god grant all of you the strength you need to continue on this path in life before you.
Sharon Casey
October 10, 2019
Although I have not had the honor of meeting any of your family, I cried upon hearing of Mrs. Rigg's death. She sounded like an extraordinary person. We need more people like her in this world. I have neuroendocrine cancer, too, and it is a tough disease. I will be praying for your family daily. May God hold you in the comfort of his loving hands. Joan Gifford
October 10, 2019
So sad that you had so little time to say goodbye. Raine lived her short life to the fullest with love and generosity. Her memory will always be cherished by all who knew and loved her. Make the most of the time you are given.
October 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss. sending much love and warm embraces for the family especially her three kids and her husband... RIP Raine
Audrey Matura
October 10, 2019
I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved daughter, wife, mother. Praying for healing for the entire family
Kristy Kramer
October 10, 2019
Levi,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and all families. Be strong during this difficult time.
Doris Rivas
October 10, 2019
Rinda and Richard I am sorry for your loss.
October 10, 2019
To both the Riggs and the Sanders family, I offer my condolences. From reading this obituary, Raine sounds like she was one of the most caring and selfless people one could meet. If there were more people like her, the world would be a better place, and not to get political, but Bernie, take the time to help your family through this ordeal, and we will be there to support and help you with your campaign when you return.

From a stranger in Montreal
Daniella Depaz
October 10, 2019
Dear Levy, Our thoughts are with you and your family. You have our deepest sympathy. Rita and Casimir Danielski
October 10, 2019
Dear Renee and Family...
So truly sorry for the loss of your precious sister. Please take comfort in all of your special memories. God Bless you all, as you go through this difficult time.
Judy Tender
October 10, 2019
Dear Levi, Sunnee, Rhyle, and Greyson: We send our love to you all. You already know this is a difficult time and your Mom was a truly special person, but we want to share that we are sad along with you. We remember becoming a family in China with Sunnee and the joy your parents felt welcoming each of you, having fun camping with you guys, playing at Storyland and the lakefront at China 118 reunions. We all miss you guys there. Join us! Be gentle with yourselves and take the time you need to heal...it takes time. We are here in Boston if you need anything or just want to visit. You are always welcome, anytime. Feel free to reach out when you are ready. Hugs until then, Evan, Lisa, Anya and Eryn
Lisa Evan Anya Eryn Hershenson
October 9, 2019
What can you say to her family that Raine`lived an amazing life that she will never be forgotten
Diane Taylor
October 9, 2019
As someone currently living with NETs, my heart goes out to this family. This is one insidious disease that affects each of its victims in different ways depending upon its primary site in the body. I hate that Rainè was in the prime of life about the same as my own daughter. So much needs to be learned about this type of cancer and its causes but I fear that that the emphasis as most other cancers will continue to be on treatment rather than prevention.
Im so sad that she was so young. My heartfelt sympathy go out to her husband and her young children.
Reba Abbott
October 9, 2019
So touched by the beautiful obituary which is such a tribute to her life and legacy. Her spirit will live on. Keep writing her memories
Debbie Coderre
October 9, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Praying God will fill you with courage, peace and love at this time of great loss.
Linda orraine
October 9, 2019
Please Accept My Heartfelt Condolences ..
Carolyn Brooks Brodie
October 9, 2019
Bernie.. Take the time you need . remember it is Us.. we will carry you . give you family my condolences. there is nothing to say except don't worry bout us. we are not going anywhere
karen kremer
October 9, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Please know the Riggs and Sanders extended families and all friends are in my thoughts.
Patrice Lapp
October 9, 2019
Unfathomable...my heart breaks for the entire family, after reading about her and all of her accomplishments and contributions. A shining star...deepest condolences to all who knew and loved her. Sending light and love your way.
October 9, 2019
"They All Matter"
With deep sincere condolences to the Riggs/Sanders family from a caring stranger in Canada. Raine has been taken from this life far too young hence another victim of cancer. May peace find its way in healing to both the families and friends of this wonderful woman.
Brian N
October 9, 2019
Please accept our condolences to the Riggs/Sanders family at this difficult time. May you fine peace in your faith. Drs. Dawn & Rev. Harry Blanchard, Williamsport, Pa.
Harry Blanchard
October 9, 2019
my heart is breaking. love and light to all.
David Lynch
October 9, 2019
I went to elementary school & high school with Raine. I have met Rinda & Richard on a number of occasions. Im praying for peace above all understanding
Alexa Froats
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October 9, 2019
Antoinette McLaughlin
October 9, 2019
I am so saddened for for you and your family, Levi. I am a stranger and yet feel the need to send you love and blessings as you move forward in this tragic time.
Maureen Johnson
October 9, 2019
With great affection and deep condolences to Levi, Sunnee, Ryleigh,and Grayson.

Huck Gutman
October 9, 2019
My heart is breaking for your family. I wish I'd met you. You were so good for this country just like your father-in-law Bernie. You were taken too quickly and too soon but I look forward to learning more about you through recounting by your husband and children. Rest in Peace and know that you left an indelible mark on this world and will continue to do so for decades to come.
Donna Snow
October 9, 2019
Sometimes there are no clear answers to why this happens, you have to trust in God's plan. May God bless and watch over your husband and children, you are their guardian angel. Memory Eternal.
REGINA POPICHAK
October 9, 2019
Sending love peace and solace to the Sanders family
Robert Eberhart
October 9, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. Bless your family.
Shawn White
October 9, 2019
My condolences. May you know no more sorrow.
Judy Glass
October 9, 2019
My heart breaks for Raine's family. She sounds like she was a lovely person who did so much for others. Sending love and peace to her entire family.
Sheri Mansky
October 9, 2019
I have never cried reading a stranger's obituary...until now. My heart breaks for her family, and all who knew her! I wish I would have had the privilege to cross paths with this amazing woman! Undoubtedly, she will be missed. My thoughts & payers are with you all.
Shelley D.
October 9, 2019
Levi and family,
My deepest condolences to you all. Raine sounds like she was an amazing person whose loss will be felt by many.
Shannon (Stamper) Chen
October 9, 2019
I realize words from a stranger can never ease the pain you feel at this time. I just wanted to reach out as one fellow human being to another to say I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Sheryl Goodwin
October 9, 2019
GOD needed a very special angel to watch
over us. HE chose you.
Rest in sweet heavenly peace,dear one.
gr gr grandma/indiana
October 9, 2019
Raine was the nicest person I ever knew. I was in her graduating class at Burgettstown and even in high school she never was mean to anyone. She would always say hi and give you a genuine smile. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Marcia Cumblidge
October 9, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Maria Boyle
October 9, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 9, 2019
Bernie and family -- Sincere sympathy to all the family and friends of Raine Riggs. I just read her beautiful obituary and she certainly will be missed. Her love of life and her family was truly awesome.
Janet Valuch
October 9, 2019
Heartfelt peace and blessings to the Riggs/Sanders family. Your sorrow is my sorrow too..
Jan Edmunds
October 9, 2019
I don't know you reading your legacy makes my heart break and smile at the same time I'm your short time here you made a remarkable impact on this world.
To all that loved you and mourn your loss my prayers and thoughts to you all.
A Western Ma mom
Shannon Leyden
October 9, 2019
a beautiful life, cut way to short. to those who love Raine Riggs you have alot to measure up to, but, no doubt, it is in the blood.
October 9, 2019
Sending prayers of comfort and peace during this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Barbara Long
October 9, 2019
Dear Bernie and Family:
I am sorry for your loss.
Love and prayers are being sentin Jesus' name
Susan Holt
October 9, 2019
Our hearts are breaking with you as we also constantly all day and night send you great love. Our daughter has never taken off one of the sweet matching necklaces Raine bought her and dear Sunnee last July on exactly the kind of jaunt you describe as being Raine's great joy...a day at the Circus followed by a bit of shopping. Though it is beyond bearing, know you are held in love by strangers and the kindness of Raine is not bounded by death. Love love love
Michelle (Hilary's mom) Menegaz
October 9, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. This cancer is overlooked, misunderstood and frustrating. We need so much more research in this area. I am a NET survivor to date. Prayers to your family.
LeAnn Maupin
October 9, 2019
My sincerest condolences to you and your family, praying for peace comfort and healing Hearts.... remember her every year with a Ballon or lantern release with everlasting thoughts of love!
Pamela Holmes
October 9, 2019
To Rainè's loved ones,
My heart is so heavy for you. Yesterday was 3 months that I lost my 47 year old beautiful sister to Neuroendocrine cancer. She was a phenomenal person in every way. She left behind two children that we love and support dearly. She also touched countless lives. She also gave selflessly. Loved to bake with her children. She was also an honor society student her entire education. She and Rainè sound almost identical. My sister was diagnosed April 16, gone July 8. Not even 3 months to say goodbye. Then I see Rainè's story. I'm fighting mad at cancer!!! Especially this type of cancer! It's devastatingly cruel!! Grieving is the hardest journey I've ever known. I take it hour by hour. It fluctuates. Smiles remembering her incredible goodness, anger at cancer, pain that's indescribable. Hold tight to one another, especially those kids!! Be together, but take some time alone to let it out!!! Our lives were all made better because of my sister Rhonda and I can tell the same of Rainè. Maybe they're in heaven baking together today. God bless you all. ☮
Vena Heiskell
October 9, 2019
I wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to the Riggs family. I never met Raine, but her life that was written out here is sticking with me for some reason. Not sure if it was because we're the same age, or that she was a good person, a good mother, who was amazing at what she did, or what? I will always wonder why things like this happen to good people! My strength and prayers go to you, and your family Raine'.
LuAnne V
October 9, 2019
Indeed sorry for your great loss....praying for the family.
I feel your pain for this great person gone too soon!
Maryland O. Harvey
October 9, 2019
May the memories you hold dear help ease the most difficult days ahead.
Mary Hackl
October 9, 2019
What a blessed young lady, wife and mother! Praying for all!
Josine Harrell
October 9, 2019
My sincere sympathies to the Senator and his family in this time of grief.
Mike Kissane
Friend
October 9, 2019
My deepest condolences go out to the Riggs and Sanders family at this difficult time.
Courtney Knoell
October 9, 2019
I have the entire family and friends, in my prayers.
JJ PETRUS
October 9, 2019
To the entire Families, May our Lord God Almighty give these families, Peace, Comfort and Guidance in this sad time. Death is a part of life we will never be ready for nor accept.
Darcy Moseley
October 9, 2019
I do not know ms Riggs or her family but I would like to offer my condolences I lost 2 loved ones at once in a fatal motorcycle accident and it is very taxing onot body and soul,Let your loved ones know today how you feel,with extra hugs and kisses...
Cheryl Rekitt
October 9, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family on what is evidently a great loss of a wonderful person who meant so much to so many.
Diana
October 9, 2019
Our deepest condolences to your family. Our prayers are with you.
Janet Castellino
October 9, 2019
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family for your great loss.
Jeanne Marie Cathey
October 9, 2019
My prayers are with your family. May God bless you and keep you. Praying Gods comfort and peace.
Min. Ann Venettone
October 9, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending strength and love to you all.
Beth
October 9, 2019
Sincere Sympathy and prayers to the family. RIP Gentle Soul.
Diane Carbon
October 9, 2019
So sorry you seem like such a smart loving kind person. You will be sadly missed by your children , family and Bernie. RIP Raine' You will never be forgotten.
Lois Moskow
Friend
October 9, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the Riggs and Sanders families and especially to the children of Rainè Riggs. Having never had the good fortune of making Rainè's acquaintance, it's clear from the loving words describing her life that hers was a life well lived and the love she showered on others was endless and reflected infinitely back on her. Her selfless legacy will surely live on in the hearts of those she loved - especially her children. Much love to all.
Jennifer and Butch (Carl) Fitzsimmons
October 9, 2019
My name is David and Lease I'm so sorry you're about mrs. Riggs, I recently just lost my daughter to cancer also she was only 46 years old I know the pain you must feel but I can assure you God is able to comfort you during this time
David Lease
October 9, 2019
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October 9, 2019
I am so very sorry for the loss of a magnificent human being, Raine Riggs. My heart goes out to the family and friends who loved and cherished her.
Jan Finney
October 9, 2019
What a Beautiful Soul matched with a beautiful mind. Her loss will affect many and I pray for comfort to the family and her friends. Keep her Spirit Alive through the children and your love for them. So very very sorry.
Micki Aiken Allyn
October 9, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences to your entire family.
Chuck Schulz
October 9, 2019
I don't know you but wish I did. How come good people always have to leave us so soon. I can't imagine what your family have to go through to lose you. I am very sorry. RIP Raine! Heaven adds another beautiful soul.
May Ip
October 9, 2019
Praying for you and your beautiful family may our Lord and Savior comfort you all in the days ahead.. Prayers from Austin Texas
Janet Nash
October 9, 2019
We are so sorry for your families loss. Prayers to you all.
Linda Sunderlin
October 9, 2019
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October 9, 2019
Our condolences go out to you in your hour of need. A great soul has passed. Let the light and love of others lift you up. You will never forget your wonderful Raine.
Andree Laval
October 8, 2019
To the family, I can't imagine the pain and heartache your family is enduring and my deepest sympathy I send to you. When Bernie is inaugurated I hold Raine will be there to share the joy. Right now, though, may you get through this time in peace and in love.
Donna Hungate
October 8, 2019
To the Family of Dr. Raine Riggs, I wish to share with you my Deepest Condolences.

I know that Dr. Raine Riggs leaves for her children and all your Family her beautiful Legacy and so many precious Memories.

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ANH LE
October 8, 2019
So very sorry for your loss .Your family is in our heart's, thoughts and prayers
Larry and Bonnie Righs
October 8, 2019
My deepest condolences. Why do the best people always go young.
Sarah Pedro
October 8, 2019
The world lost a beautiful human being. My condolences to the entire family.
Irena Schulz
October 8, 2019
Ohhhh my dearest Rainè. I have so many memories of you over the years growing up with Sunnee. You were always a positive influence in my life in elementary school. I feel so lucky to have known you, I'll never forget the birthday parties spent with you, Levi and the kids. Thank you for everything you did for me over the years. Love to all of you ❤
Madylin Dube
October 8, 2019
My thoughts are with your family at this time of such sad loss.
Nancy Volle
Acquaintance
October 8, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like such a wonderful person. I will think of her on my next adventure. Much love to your family and loved ones at this difficult time.
Lee Proctor
October 8, 2019
My heart is with the Sanders family and their friends at this sad time and in the days to come. May her memory always be a blessing.
Jill Cozzi
October 8, 2019
Love to you and your family...wishing you the best on your next journey.
L Ok
October 8, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss
Kelly Thomas-galindo
October 8, 2019
Very sorry for your family's loss. Know that we are thinking of you all and that we hold you in our hearts.
Gina Franklin
October 8, 2019
My sincerest heartfelt condolences to the Sanders family and friends.
Yolanda Sorrentino
October 8, 2019
Condolences to Raines family ,friends and loved ones. May her children's lives shine brightly in their mothers love.
Donna Sweeney
October 8, 2019
So very sorry for this tremendous loss. My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.
Amanda Quinn
October 8, 2019
Sending our sincere condolences to all of Raine's family and friends. What an amazing, loving human being she was.Her good works will live on in the lives she has touched. Lifting,family up. Peace, love, light and healing to the entire family.
Rena Hindman
October 8, 2019
Our Family is very sad for the lose of Raine mother wife daughter .
Janis Ripple
October 8, 2019
Sending my deepest, heartfelt condolences to Levi and the children.

"Rage against the dying of the light" (Dylan Thomas); it continues through you all.

May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Cathy Cross
October 8, 2019
.My condolences you're family is in my thoughts..
Chana
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