Racheal Anilyse Verdicchio Morris, 27, of Wethersfield left this life for another on November 18, 2011. She was surrounded by her family who gave her great peace and comfort to help her on her next journey. Racheal is the beautiful daughter of John and Laura Morris of Wethersfield and the best big sister to Ethan, Sydney and Hannah. Racheal's greatest achievement in life was being an artist. She graduated from the University of Hartford School of Art, Magna Cum Laude in 2006 earning a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Visual Communication Design and Art History. She was an accomplished illustrator and created and published an online magazine for art students called the Underground Art School (undergroundartschool.com). She is also an accomplished children's book illustrator domestically and internationally under her trade name RachealAnilyse (rachealanilyse.com). Racheal was a contributor to the art and illustration blog Pikaland. She loved hand drawn typography, children's books, tea, hats, baby animals and dance parties. Racheal is survived by her grandparents Thomas and Jane Verdicchio of Lempster New Hampshire and William and Ann Morris of Wethersfield; 22 aunts and uncles and 31 cousins. Racheal truly enjoyed spending time with her family each summer at Emerald Isle, North Carolina where she would spend the day reading and creating art while watching the waves. She loved to spend time in New Hampshire with her grandparents where Granma would read her tea leaves, or on Squam Lake with Aunt Mary, Uncle Tony and her cousins taking a sunset sail on the Lake, or vacationing with her family in Paris, taking in the city and all it's history, especially the art. Racheal was blessed to have Angela and Roberta who were her caregivers for the past two years, and Cathy Melillo, who cared for Racheal for 12 years before retiring. Racheal had many wonderful friends whom she loved dearly. Art was the way Racheal communicated. It was her greatest desire that everyone should experience art in any form.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rose Foundation of Haiti, 637 Wyckoff Avenue, PMB 320, Wyckoff, NJ 07481, which has established the Racheal Anilyse Art Initiative. Family and friends are invited to the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, on Tuesday (November 22) from 4-7p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (November 23) at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. The burial will follow in Village Cemetery, Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to please go directly to church. It is Racheal's wish that everyone please wear bright colors at her funeral mass. For online expressions of sympathy please visit www.desopo.com