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Rachel M. Twigg, 25, of Plum, passed away with her family by her side Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, after a four-and-one-half year courageous fight against osteosarcoma.

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By Jerry Vondas
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Although Rachel Twigg was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2008, she remained enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and received her degree in finance two years later.

“Rachel never complained,” said her mother, Madelaine Twigg. “And even though the surgeries — and there were many — would slow her down, she would quickly rebound and keep up with her studies.”

Rachel M. Twigg of Plum died of osteosarcoma on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in UPMC East. She was 25.

Born and raised in Plum, Ms. Twigg was one of three children of businessman John M. Twigg and his wife, Madelaine L. McGrath Twigg.

She graduated from Plum High School, where she was an outstanding runner, twice qualifying for the state championships in cross-country.

“Her friends in high school and in college recalled our daughter as a person who enjoyed having fun and being silly, but serious when the occasion arose,” her mother said.

She recalled how much her daughter enjoyed making friends. She spent a semester abroad, studying at American University in Bulgaria in 2007, and returned to travel throughout Europe.

Following graduation from Pitt, Ms. Twigg worked with her father at his software development company, until her last surgery several months ago.

In addition to her parents, John and Madelaine, Ms. Twigg is survived by her brothers, Patrick Twigg, serving in the Air Force, and Daniel Twigg of Plum; and her grandmother, Eleanor McGrath of Monroeville.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Joseph McGrath, Eleanor Bachman and James Twigg.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Jobe Funeral Home and Crematory, Monroeville/Plum Chapel at the corner of Beatty Road and Route 48 in Monroeville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Joy Church in Plum. Interment will be private in Plum Creek Cemetery.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or jvondas@tribweb.com.

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