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Bridgit Lee (Knox) Reichel
August 10, 1968 ~ June 18, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old
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Bridgit Lee (Knox) Reichel was born on August 10,1968 in Everett, Washington and passed away on June 18, 2023. She is survived by her husband of 31 years Dave Reichel, her son John Reichel and his wife Hannah Wikan Reichel, her daughter Megan Reichel and her husband Dylan Hindley, her father John Taylor and her sister Catherine Taylor of Las Vegas, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Growing up in Seattle, it was here she met the educators that spurred her to consider an education career. She pursued this vocation with passion, graduating from Stadium High School in Tacoma and from Washington State University with her degree in Education and endorsements in math, science, and elementary education.
With faith in the Lord and Isaiah 40:31 firmly in her heart, she first taught at East Olympia Elementary and then in South Korea for the DOD school system. After raising John and Megan, she started at Purdy Elementary in Gig Harbor where she stayed for many years, including serving as an Assistant Principal, and Assistant Director of Curriculum. After earning her principal's endorsement, she became the Principal of Vinland Elementary School in Poulsbo, and after moving to Texas to be closer to her kids she servied as an elementary principal in Hutto, Texas. She then followed Dave to Yellowstone National Park where she lived the last year of her life hiking and exploring the Park, while working remotely for Teton Science School. At the time of her passing, Dave and Bridgit were a week away from moving back to Washington where she had accepted another principal position.
Known as a tremendous educator with a passion for children and the staff under her, the positive encouragement she was known for was personified by her smile and caring heart. She will be forever missed by her family as the love and encouragement she gave them was ever present.
She had an affection for the outdoors, wildlife, hiking, and crafting, particularly cross-stitching. She was an excellent cook, especially baking and widely known for her pies. She had an adventuresome personality and her and Dave pursued these adventures across the US and the world.
Her Celebration of Life is at Christ The Rock Church in Port Orchard on July 22 at 1 pm. Her family invites all who knew her to come and remember this tremendous woman.Bridgit