AYNOR, S.C. — Rachael Anne (Knapp) Lopez, age 25, of Aynor, passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2020.
Rachael was born on December 8, 1995, in Waterbury.
She grew up in various towns located in Horry County, S.C., and in Litchfield County. She graduated early from Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington.
To explore her interest in becoming a nurse, she was trained to become a certified nurses aide.
That experience led her to become a licensed practical nurse at Porter and Chester Institute in Waterbury.
Nursing was one of her many passions, as it allowed her to heal, help and care for others.
More than anything, Rachael loved spending time with her family.
Some activities that she enjoyed doing with her husband and their children were going to the beach, watching movies, going to church, posting on social media, using various platforms, riding four-wheelers and roller skating.
She had several passions and interests, some of which include reading, writing, hiking, shopping, taking care of/interacting with animals, astrology, watching documentaries and cooking and baking.
Music was a significant part of Rachael’s life. She loved singing and had the voice of an angel. Listening to music was one of her favorite things to do and she enjoyed attending concerts with her loved ones, especially her sister.
She had aspirations of becoming a writer, using both her imagination and her voice to change the world.
Rachael was a force of nature. She could make anyone laugh and smile just by being in her presence.
She took chances that most people would be afraid to take. Among several other admirable qualities and attributes, Rachael was courageous, intelligent, adventurous, thoughtful, talented, hard working, caring and loving.
The immensity of love she felt for her husband, children and the rest of her family will live on for eternity, as will the love they all feel for Rachael.
Rachael was predeceased by her father, Thomas Knapp; her grandparents, Anna (Stolfi) Gagnon and Frederick Gagnon; her great-grandmother, Margaretta (Bowes) Stolfi; her uncle, Paul Knapp, Sr., and her cousin, Suzy Fennelly, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away hours before Rachael.
Rachael is survived by her husband, Henry Lopez, and their two children, Calliope and Mateo, of Aynor, S.C.; her stepdaughter, Sophia, of Georgetown, S.C.; her mother, Jessica Knapp of Torrington; her sister, Lauren Knapp of Torrington; her grandparents, Raymond, Sr., and Judith Knapp of Watertown, and several other loved ones, including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.
She will be dearly missed and loved by everyone who knew her.
Her ashes will be entombed and a private services will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Watertown at the family’s convenience.
Donations in honor of Rachael may be made to help support Henry, Calliope and Mateo during this difficult time through Cash App: $RachaelLopezFamily20.