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Mary Lou Wendt Reichert
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Submitted by: Janet Laubhan Flickinger

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Mary Lou Reichert, a 55 year Ponca City resident, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away, Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was 82.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 2:00pm Friday, January 6th at Asbury United Methodist Church in Ponca City with Rev. Cindy Robertson Riedel of St. Paul's United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at a private family ceremony at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City prior to the Celebration of Life ceremony. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Those who wish to pay their respects to Mary Lou can visit Grace Memorial Chapel until Thursday evening 8 p.m.

Mary Lou was born on April 14,1934 in Topeka, Kansas to Ben and Helen Wendt. She had two sisters, Edna and Lois. She grew up in Topeka, Kansas. While working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Topeka she met the love of her life William ''Bill" Reichert. They were married in Topeka, Kansas on October 14,1956 and moved to Ponca City in 1961. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2016.

Mary Lou's life was one of dedication to her church. She was a very active member of Asbury United Methodist Church beginning in 1961. She sang in the choir for many years, was on the church board and held other positions in the church and always volunteered when it was time to organize church events. With her unique talent of sewing, she made all the church banners and several cross-stitch pictures that hang on the church walls. Many knew Mary Lou as the ''go to'' second Mom for the many kids growing up on Bradbary Lane in Ponca City....and there were many. Being a stay at home mom, the neighborhood kids could always go to her house anytime for those needed hugs, scraped knees, a snack or even get their hair combed before school. The kids loved her for her gentleness and caring attitude.

Since 1994 she has been an unpaid volunteer for Raindrops, an organization within Hospice, that is a ministry to the immediate needs of those experiencing the loss of a stillborn or newborn infant. Raindrops volunteers sew appropriately sized gowns, blankets, and other materials so that the family, and hospital staff, can treat the deceased with full human dignity and respect. Her commitment to cutting out and sewing these items was always very strong. Mary Lou began this work in 1994 shortly after she also lost a still bom granddaughter. Mary Lou was a weekly volunteer at Via Christi Village in Ponca City. Her assistance to the Activities Director for ''Snack and Yak'' time and monthly birthday parties for the residents was significant. The residents loved her and she loved them making many new friends throughout the years.

Survivors include her husband Bill, son Steven and wife Sherry of Austin, Texas, daughter Stacey Magee and husband Bruce of Stillwater, Oklahoma, son Scott of Louisville, Colorado, and son Stanton and fiancg Lisa Latham of Edmond, Oklahoma. Mary Lou and husband Bill have four grandchildren, Kyle, Karii, Blake and Braden and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one granddaughter, Abby.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Oklahoma, 445 Fairview Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601 or Asbury United Methodist Church 700 W. Liberty, Ponca City, OK 74601.

William Lee Reichert
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Submitted by: Glenn

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August 5, 1934 ~ April 6, 2021

William (Bill) Lee Reichert, a 60-year Ponca City resident, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed away Tuesday, April 6th at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was 86.

Bill was born on August 5, 1934 in Topeka, Kansas to Carroll and Maurita Reichert. Bill attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas on a track scholarship. In 1956, he graduated with a degree in Mathematics and married Mary Lou the same year. He was active in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, remained involved in ROTC program, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. upon graduation. He entered the Air Force in 1957 and was assigned to Offett Air Force Base where he did pilot briefings for take-off and landing weather. In 1959, he was trained to use mainframe computers to predict high level wind forecasts, world-wide, in support of SAC Headquarters. Discharged from the Air Force in 1961, Bill went to work for Continental Oil Company as a computer analyst and he and Mary Lou moved their family to Ponca City. Bill retired in 1990 after 29 years as Director of Software Support.

After Bill's retirement from Conoco in 1990, you could find him on the golf course several times per week or fishing for crappie at Sooner Lake. He enjoyed having a beer with the boys at one of the local establishments. Bill particularly enjoyed mentoring and helping people and was looked upon by many as a humble man with a quick wit and good advice. He was also known for his willingness to help anyone in the community with their computer needs and projects. Bill and Mary Lou treasured their many friends and the 60+ years they spent in Ponca City.

Survivors include son Steven & wife Sherry of Montgomery Texas; daughter Stacey Magee & husband Bruce of Stillwater Oklahoma, son Scott of Louisville Colorado, and son Stanton and wife Lisa of Edmond Oklahoma. Bill and Mary Lou have four grandchildren, Kyle, Karli, Blake and Braden, and one great grandson Hayes. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, wife Mary Lou & granddaughter Abby.

Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. A visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, April 15th from 4p-7p at Grace Memorial Chapel in Ponca City for those who want to pay their respects to Bill and his family. Burial will be at a private family ceremony at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City on Friday, April 16th.

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