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Rachel Elizabeth McNicholas, 34, of Poland, Ohio, died the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh after a brief illness.
Rachel was born on Sept. 11, 1982, in New Castle, a daughter of William and Deborah Jones McNicholas.
Rachel graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 2000.
She worked at Party Max at the Shops at Boardman Park for more than 12 years until its closing. She then worked at Target at the Shops at Boardman Park at Starbucks for more than three years.
An animal lover, Rachel always surrounded herself with her dogs and she also enjoyed dog sitting for friends. She was an avid reader, enjoyed taking pictures and watching her favorite television shows — Blue Bloods, Shield and Sons of Anarchy.
A Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Rachel loved spending as much time as she could in Pittsburgh, dining out or shopping.
Rachel was an all-around good-hearted person, who loved to spend time with her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Rachel leaves her father, William (Mary Ann) McNicholas of New Castle; her mother, Deborah Yavorsky, with whom she made her home; her twin brother, Evan McNicholas, also at home; her sister, Emily Yavorsky of Butler; her uncles, Patrick McNicholas and Jeffrey McNicholas, both of New Castle, Edwin (Deborah) McNicholas of Herndon, Virginia, John Winwood of Cleveland, Joe (Karen) Winwood of Girard, Ohio, and Chuck Winwood of Niles, Ohio; her aunts, Debra Bennett of Struthers, Ohio, Carol (Tom) Nuttall and Cathy (Mark) Stanich, all of Poland, Kim Luplow of Greenville, Patti (Bob) Olesky of Youngstown and Carol Winwood of Hubbard, Ohio; her grandmother, Judy Yavorsky of Port Orange, Florida; and numerous cousins.
Rachel was preceded in death by her stepfather, Edward Yavorsky, who died on Jan. 18, 2017; her grandparents, William and Lillian Worsen McNicholas, Alfred and Margaret Frazier Jones, and Joseph and Barbara Eyster Winwood; and her uncle, Michael Yavorsky.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael Grant officiating.
Rachel will be interred at Graceland Cemetery in New Castle.
To offer condolences, please visit www.beckerobits.com.
Published on February 2, 2017
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