BROWNVILLE and SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – Regina L. Rahe, loving mother, sister and wife, passed away Jan. 11, 2013, in Brownville Junction. She was born Oct. 23, 1942, in Brownville, the daughter of William A. and Elsie M. (Lundin) Russell.
She worked for Dexter Shoe Co., Milo, for many years before reconnecting with a long lost friend, Rex H. Rahe of Sierra Vista, Ariz. Both widowed, they found strength, companionship and marriage in their renewed friendship. Regina moved to Sierra Vista, Ariz., where she met countless new friends, and became a big fan of the enjoyable weather. She worked for a sewing company on Fort Huachuca for several years and won an award for the largest number of patches sewn on uniforms in support of Operation Desert Storm. She was very proud to be considered a “hard worker.” After leaving the sewing company, she found a tremendous joy in the position of a bus monitor for special needs children, where she worked until her retirement. She was especially protective to anyone who she thought was an underdog. She was active with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9972 and American Legion Post No. 52. She was very active in the Lady Elks of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 2065, serving as president in 1992-1993, was Elk “Lady of the Year” for 1993-1994, and was named Volunteer of the Year for 1999-2000.
She is survived by her son, Barry Knowles Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Milo; granddaughters, Megan Knowles of Ellsworth, Haley Knowles of Milo, Autumn Lee Tyler of Old Orchard Beach, Amanda Ellis and her husband, Scott, of Lacey, Wash., and Allison Rahe of Virginia; a sister, Wanda and her husband, Hazen Conlogue III, of Brownville Junction; and a brother, Horace “Peter” Russell and his wife, Wanda, of Brownville Junction. She is also survived by stepsons, Rex Rahe Jr. and his wife, Ida, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Thomas Rahe and his wife, Marilyn, of Virginia; and a stepdaughter, Maryjo Miller of Sierra Vista, Ariz. She will be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends from Maine and Arizona. She was predeceased by her husband, Rex Rahe; son, Scott Tyler; daughter, Crystal Pennington; brothers, William, Richard and Ernest; and her loving dog, Bruno.
Regina requested no visiting hours or service, but friends and family will be gathering for light refreshments 4-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Park Street United Methodist Church, 15 Park St., Milo, to reminisce and perhaps share a laugh, a cry or a story. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.