Mary Ellen Reichard, 70, of Pinehurst and formerly of Florida, passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Sept. 15th.

Born in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Martha V. Reichard.  Mary Ellen was raised in Rockland county, NY and after her high school graduation, she went on to earn her Bachelors’ Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She enjoyed being a teacher and loved taking care of children.  Mary Ellen was a bit of a free spirit and loved the sand and surf of the beach and ocean.  She loved to make everyone laugh and her kind, generous spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

Mary Ellen is survived by her sister Cathy Steranka, husband John Steranka of Foxfire Village, sister Tessa Richarde of Pinehurst and their brother Peter Reichard of California.  She is also survived by her niece Izzy Richarde of Pinehurst, Lisa Hannon Schrimpe and Christine Bator of NY and nephew Erik Reichard of California.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

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