Mary Anne Reichelt

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Mary Anne Morning Bear Reichelt, retired senior lecturer and co-coordinator of the Counseling Education program at McDaniel College, died peacefully at Dove House in Westminster on Sept. 27. She was 71. Mary Anne was a daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, great-aunt, educator, counselor and spiritual guide. Most important to her, she was a true friend. From the day Mary Anne graduated from high school, she dedicated her life to serving others. She earned a bachelor's degree in History and Religious Studies in 1974 from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1979. Mary Anne was a licensed professional counselor and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling in 1986 from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Prior to joining the faculty at McDaniel College in 2000, Mary Anne worked for the Carroll County Board of Education as the transition coordinator for adolescents between hospital behavioral health services and the schools. Earlier in her career, she was a psychotherapist in private practice. For many years, she volunteered as a mental health consultant to the Bikers Against Child Abuse organization. Following her retirement from McDaniel, she served as a chaplain with Carroll County Hospice. Those who knew Mary Anne well know of her love of the Earth and the "old ways," her love of tears and laughter, and an appreciation of joys and sorrows, and shared journeys. She held the deep belief that all that really mattered were the events in life that shake us deeply. Mary Anne is survived by her sister Margaret Mary Simmons and brother-in-law Richard Simmons, and her brother Albert Reichelt and sister-in-law Marianne. A memorial service will be held October 7 at 1 p.m. at the Social Hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 303 North Main Street in Bel Air, Md. In lieu of flowers, Mary Anne requested that blood donations be made to a local blood bank by anyone able to donate. The gift of blood, in addition to the love, prayers, and support of family and friends, was part of sustaining her life.

Religious Service Information
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
303 N Main St
Bel Air, MD 21014
Published in Carroll County Times on Sept. 30, 2017
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