ALBANY – Rachel Ann Audi, 48, of Colonie died peacefully on Friday evening, February 28, 2014, with the people who loved her holding her. Diagnosed just 17 days prior, she fought a heroic battle with breast cancer. A graduate of Shaker High School, Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Brockport, Rachel spent her life in service to others bringing her strong intellect and unwavering compassion to her life’s calling as a Registered Physicians Assistant. She worked at several orthopedic practices and hospitals during her long career, most recently at OrthoNY. A true sports fan, Rachel was the unofficial photographer for all of her daughter Gabby’s athletic events and an unwavering Giants and Vikings fan.
She is survived by her beloved daughter, Gabrielle Margaret Audi, and Gabby’s dad, William Fennicks. She is also survived by her devoted aunt, Joyce Audi (Mike); her favorite cousins, Tracey Daniels Rivera Cooper (Dan), Lucas Rivera, and Mary Bjork ( Steve); and her dear lifelong friends, Beverly Venable and Mary Irving, who were more like sisters to her. Her cousin, Tia Daniels, predeceased her.
Rachel wanted to thank the staff and nurses at St Peter’s Hospice and 5 McAuley, especially Mary Francis and Stephanie. The protection, care, compassion and guidance provided by Julie and Liz during her final days carried her through to a peaceful journey from this life.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 pm. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Should you wish to honor Rachel’s memory, contributions would be appreciated for her daughter’s education to: Rachel Audi Memorial Fund, c/o SEFCU, 700 Patroon Creek Blvd., Albany, NY 12206. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.