Mary Therese (O’Neill) Reichert’s smiling Irish eyes entered the world September 13, 1939, in Kansas City, MO, to William Francis O’Neill and Mary Catherine Donegan. She graduated from Lillis High School in 1956 and attended Mount Saint Scholastica. While working for AT&T she met the love of her life, Joseph F. Reichert thru the Redemptorist and Rockhurst Social Clubs. To her family’s dismay he was 100% German. 47 years, 5 children (top half Irish/bottom half German) a perfect match. The red hair ran out after the first 3 but the next 2 are equally beloved. Mary was a member of St. Elizabeth Parish since 1966. Her many volunteer roles included the PTA for 22 years, Boy and Girl Scouts, Room Mother, cafeteria aide and Eucharistic Minister. As a Charlotte Street Block Mother her door was always open and kitchen filled with snacks. She was a member of the MSPE Wives Auxiliary, Ladies of Charity, Knights of Columbus 4 th Degree Wives Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the infamous Brookdale Babes.
Mary enjoyed gathering with family and friends at the KC Irish Fest and St. Patrick’s Day parades, supporting her children and grandchildren in their activities, baking her famous pies, cheering on her hometown Royals and Chiefs teams and traveling with both Joe and friends in her retirement years.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Joseph F. Reichert, parents, brother William F. O’Neill Jr., aunt Sister Patricia Ann Donegan O.S.B and dear friend Cathy Hynes. She is survived by daughters, Ann Leming (Craig), Sheila Wassinger (Stephen); sons, Christopher (Deana), Edward (Jennifer), and Steven (Alison) Reichert; Grandchildren; Sam, Katie, Sean, Emma, Sarah, Kelly, Ben, Lily, Vivian and Everleigh and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank her friends, the Brookdale Community, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Village Shalom, and Kansas City Hospice House for their cherished part in her spirited life. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2023. At St. Elizabeth's Church, 2 E. 75th Street, Kansas City, where the Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 28 at the church. Private family interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica, 801 South 8th St, Atchison, Kansas 66002 or online https://www.mountosb.org/donate/make-a-donation/
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