OBITUARY

Mary Ann Richy

February 5, 1947May 13, 2020
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Mary Ann Richy passed away on May 13, 2020 at her home in Phoenix surrounded by her family. She was born on February 5, 1947 in Effingham, Illinois to the late Albert and Mildred Tegeler. She was the second oldest of seven children. She shared her life with her beloved husband Daniel Richy. They were married in 1972. He survives as well as her three daughters Allison (Luciano) Castellari, Kimberley (Adam) Carpenter, and Melissa (Randy) Brammer. She also leaves her grandchildren Daniela and Giorgia Castellari, Wyatt, Logan and Blake Carpenter, and Brevin and Hadley Brammer; her siblings Dorothy, Bill and Bob Tegeler, Joan Saylor and Sue Runde and many nieces and nephews. Her brother Louis Tegeler preceded her in death.

She received a BS in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Reading from the University of Illinois. She spent 45 years teaching Kindergarten in Arizona and Illinois. Much of her career was spent working with underprivileged children. Thousands of little ones received the tools they needed for success from Mrs. Richy. She mentored dozens of young teachers who blossomed under her guidance. Mary Ann knew the importance of early education and the value of making connections with families and community. She understood the power of reading and her students excelled under her care. She shared that love of reading with everyone she knew. Mary Ann could often be found on her sofa reading to and listening to her grandchildren read.

Mary Ann was a kind, generous welcoming woman. She opened her heart to everyone who crossed her path. Whether it was a coworker, friend, or a friend of her daughters she had a way of making you feel loved and valued. Mary Ann found joy spending time with her family and 7 grandchildren. Bouncing between t-ball, dance recitals, football and concerts she loved being there for each moment big or small. She tended to a beautiful rose garden and loved nothing better than a day at the zoo.

Due to COVID-19 private services will be held for the family at this time and a celebration of life will be planned soon. A memorial bench is also planned at the Phoenix Zoo. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to First Book to help children in poverty receive quality books and literacy foundation. https://firstbook.org/

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Judy Schaub

May 13, 2021

Pepi, Kathy and I still talk about our memories with Mary Ann at our annual birthday get together. We miss her and her crazy stories she always had to share. Love you Mary Ann

Dorothy Tegeler

July 25, 2020

My family needed a Mary Ann. She shepherded us through our childhoods, protected us and guided us into adulthood, colleges and careers. If we had any hopes of having a birthday cake, it was because Mary Ann made it. She was born just one day before our brother Louie's first birthday. It was 3.5 years later before Louie and Mary Ann greeted me, and as the story goes, their reaction was to tell my dad that he needed to go to the store to get the new baby ice cream. Joan, Bill and Sue were born within 26 months of each other a few years later and Mary Ann took responsibility for much of their care. Bob came along a little later. Mary Ann was not deterred easily. She pioneered a radio news program in high school and starred in her high school musical My Fair Lady. She took apart a cat and reassembled it for a college zoology class. Mary Ann had a good heart and she generously shared it with everyone she met. I will always miss her and wish I could pick up the phone and talk to her. We entertained each other with stories of our families and I will always remember her asking, 'There's just one thing I want to know..." There is just one thing I want to know. How do we find our way without her?

Karin Schardt

July 25, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Maryann. We met in the MVWC. We belonged to a few groups there. She was a wonderful person. Concolences to her family. She loved her girls, & grandkids

Judy Schaub

May 27, 2020

I have so many great memories of Mary Ann in our old neighborhood on Le Marche. Our kids playing together, car pooling to dance and other activities and of course 40 years of birthday lunches and dinners with Pepi and Kathy. She will be greatly missed. We loved her.

Candace Westwater Leibert

May 26, 2020

Mary Ann’s love for her family endures. Our frequent morning walks overflowed with tales of the grandkids’ adventures, one by one, oh how she loved to talk about the children.
May her love and devotion to Dan and her family bring peace, serenity, and smiles. And may her grace and strength bring inspiration to us all.

Candace and Jack Leibert

Cheryl Edwards

May 26, 2020

Mary Ann was a great and kind person who touched a lot of people.

Cheryl Edwards
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Michael Tegeler

May 26, 2020

With our sympathy and love.

Michael, Mandy, Cole, Noah, and Aidan Tegeler

Tracy Oldemeyer

May 26, 2020

To know your wife/mom/grandma was to instantly like her. She exuded love and happiness. I remember a great conversation poolside where we discussed the struggles of some kindergartners just to make it to school. She was so passionate about early education and family. Your grief must be immeasurable. I am so sorry for your huge loss.

Tracey (Baranko) Oldemeyer

Louise Tegeler

May 26, 2020

So sorry to hear about Mary Ann.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Louise Tegeler and Family

Barbara Kesterson

May 26, 2020

So sorry to hear about Mary Ann. We had such a great conversation a few weeks ago. She was a dear friend and will be missed by myself and many others.
Ron and I will keep you and your family in our prayers. Again, our condolences to you and all the family.

Ron and Barb Kesterson

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