Rebecca R. Villareal, 27, formerly of Upton and Westborough

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Obit Rebecca R. VillarealCarmel Valley, Calif. – Rebecca Rosemary (Thakar) Villareal, 27, of Carmel Valley, Calif., and formerly of Upton and Westborough, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 after a courageous nine-month struggle with breast cancer. She was the beloved wife of Nicholas E. Villareal and mother of Nicolette Rebecca Villareal.

Rebecca was born April 25, 1988 in Boston, daughter of David H. Thakar and Jane E. Rizzitano. She grew up in Westborough and graduated from Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton in 2006. She attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., graduating with a B.S. in Psychology in 2010.

While at RPI, Rebecca sang with the Rensselyrics a-cappella group all four years. She also competed as a member of the Ballroom Dance team and worked at Mocha Blend Café.

Growing up, Rebecca’s first love was music and her second love was horses. As a musician she loved to sing, play the piano, and the violin. As an equestrian, she showed all over New England and also completed at the 2010 Pinto World Show in Tulsa, Okla., winning a reserve championship. After college, she worked for a year as a lab technician at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. She then moved to Nashville, Tenn. with dreams of becoming a country singer. While living in Nashville, she worked two years as a dance instructor at National Dance Clubs, and then two years as an account manager with Western Express.

She leaves her husband, Nicholas E. Villareal, and her daughter, Nicolette Rebecca Villareal, of Carmel Valley, Calif.; her parents, Jane E. Rizzitano and David H. Thakar of Upton; her sister, Elizabeth Anne Thakar and family of Warwick, R.I.; her brother, Joseph D. Thakar of Central Falls, R.I.; her grandmother, Rosemary E. Thakar of Walnut Creek, Calif.; her parents-in-law, David and Anne Villareal of Carmel Valley, Calif.; her sisters-in-law, Grace Villareal of Carmel Valley, Calif. and Emily Villareal of Austin, Texas; and six uncles, four aunts, and 11 cousins.

Shortly after her death, Rebecca was cremated. Family and friends will be hosting celebrations of Rebecca’s life in Carmel Valley, Calif.; Upton; and Nashville, Tenn. The celebration in Upton will be held at the home of Rebecca’s parents March 19, at 3:30 p.m.

Donation in memory of Rebecca may be made to Nicolette Rebecca Villareal’s college fund or to your favorite cancer charity.

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