Angel-Sleeping

Kathleen (Kady) B. Rachford

March 2, 1932 ~ April 8, 2021 (age 89)

Obituary

Kathleen (Kady) B. Rachford, (89) was born the daughter of Margaret Evans on March 2, 1932 at Misericordia Hospital in Chicago and was named Elizabeth Evans. She was in an orphanage until age one when her adoptive father fell in love with her even though they were looking for a boy. Kady was lovingly adopted by Stanley J. and Kathryn Hayes and was re-named Kathleen Bridget Hayes.  Kady passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021. She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Fred, son Danny, granddaughter Danielle, her niece Carol (Jeff) Kessler, and sister-in-law Virginia (Robert) Rachford.

Kady grew up in Chicago Illinois. In 1949, she graduated from Saint Gabriel Commercial High School and was then employed as a secretary. Kady married Frederic E. Rachford in July of 1952. Kady was also one of the early leaders in La Leche League International which formed in 1956, in Franklin Park, IL. The pioneering founders and leaders offered support to women on many child related topics; everything from pre-natal issues to natural childbirth and breastfeeding. Later in life she went on to receive a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Pastoral Counseling in December of 1998 from Evangelical Episcopal University. She was ordained as a Deacon at the Baptist Church, served as a Eucharistic minister at Holy Apostles, and also established an Addictions Counseling Service in Woodstock. As anyone that knew Kady will tell you – she didn’t need a degree to do what she did naturally – share the love of her Lord, lend an ear, offer support and wise council, and true to her nature - she was ready with a hug (usually many) and a shoulder to cry on if needed.

Kady and Fred began their married life in Riverside CA. where Fred was in the service at Edwards Air Force Base. After a few years they moved back to Chicago IL, then moved on to Roselle IL, and finally settled in Woodstock IL where together they lovingly raised nine children in the house on Fremont Street popularly known as the Ground Hog Day House. They sold the house in 1988 to build Kady her beautiful dream home on Ryan Court. They lived there with their wildly playful airedales until Fred's passing in 2013.

Kady made it such a welcoming house; always more than nine children running around as Kady opened her home to all her children’s friends and kids from the neighborhood. Prayer meetings and bible studies were also held at the house for many years. Kady and Fred were avid supporters of the local Woodstock businesses and restaurants and a longtime favorite was Angelo’s Restaurant on the Square.
Kady celebrated her 80th birthday by taking in a skydiving adventure with her son Tim and beloved granddaughter Danielle. Many members of her family were happy to stay on the ground and cheer her on. Her husband Fred, a retired airline pilot, jokingly questioned why anyone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Kady loved every second of the jump.

She moved into an independent living apartment at the Fountains in Crystal Lake in 2013. She loved her dogs and was happily able to bring Molly, her wheaten terrier with her. When Molly passed, she got Buddy, a rambunctious black poodle. The two were best buds and inseparable. Over the years she made many devoted friends and she deeply cherished all the wonderful, caring, and supportive Fountains and InHome Personal Services staff. They were all like a second family to her.

Kady is survived by her children: Tom (Julie) Rachford, Pegg (Gene) Stoddard, Kitty (Armond) Dinverno, Tim (Chris) Rachford, Tricia Rachford, Marty (Jenn) Rachford, Mike (Gayle) Rachford, and Lori Wipf; 16 treasured grandchildren and 19 cherished great-grandchildren all of whom have many happy memories and will miss their Grams very much; her brothers and sisters-in-law George and Marilyn Rachford, Robert Rachford, and Peter and Emma Carlino.

Services will be held Friday, April 16th at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL  60050. Visitation begins at 10 AM followed by a funeral mass at 11 AM.  Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Woodstock.

The Mass will be live streamed at www.tcoha.org.  Follow the link to live streaming and select their Facebook, or Youtube link.

Please be reminded to social distance as much as possible and that masks are required.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite local animal shelter in memory of Kady.

 

 

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
April 16, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Church of the Holy
5211 Bull Valley Rd.
McHenry, Illinois 60050

Funeral Mass
Friday
April 16, 2021

11:00 AM
The Church of the Holy
5211 Bull Valley Rd.
McHenry, Illinois 60050

Video is available for this event


Interment following funeral service
Friday
April 16, 2021

Oakland Cemetery
Jackson Street
Woodstock, IL 60098

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