Rachel Elina Eggen passed away peacefully at her home on November 11, 2021, as was her wish. She was born in Viipuri, Finland on January 28, 1933, to Leo Axsel and Ester Elina (Torikainen) Kauppila. Her family migrated to Ontario, Canada in 1955.
Rachel attended Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. From Canada, Rachel came to the United States and was employed with the Sears and Roebuck Company. She was a proud lifetime employee of Sears and Roebuck, in a management level position until the time of her retirement. She cherished her retirement, spending many hours gardening, enjoying her park like yard and having long conservations on the phone with her many friends and family members. She was an animal lover and in her retirement, enjoyed her many cats. She loved to travel and take leisurely Sunday drives with her husband Harold, making sure to stop in at the buffet for brunch.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Eggen, her parents, Leo and Ester Kauppila; her brother Touko Leo Kauppila; sister in law, Maija Lisa Kauppila and a nephew Timo Kauppila.
Rachel is survived by her two nephews and their children throughout the United States, her husband’s son, daughter, and their children who reside in Norway.
Rachel will be interred in Nelson, British Columbia with her Mother, Brother, Sister in Law and Nephew per her wishes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL, 60050. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends and loved ones may share memories of Rachel on her tribute wall.