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|Edna Mae (Rice) Serchak|
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A lifelong teacher, spiritual leader and caregiver, Edna Mae Serchak died on 22 June, 2018. She is best remembered as an advocate for the “unnoticed” among us.
Edna Mae was born in Philadelphia on August 10, 1937, to Joseph John and Edna Mary (née Bennett) Rice. Survived by her husband of nearly 57 years, Col. William Edward Serchak, her children, Bridget Ann, Mary Ellen (Robin) Ynes and William Joseph (Laurie Stromquist), and her grandchildren Aliya Christine and Andrew Joseph Ynes.
Edna Mae was the salutatorian of the last class (1955) to graduate from the South Philadelphia High School for Girls. She graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1959 followed by graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at elementary schools in Philadelphia and Maryland as well as Longview School, Gaithersburg, Md. for children with special needs. Edna Mae led Catholic and ecumenical prayer groups and was an active member of the charismatic movement. A lifelong advocate for the elderly, she volunteered with the Montgomery County Department of Aging and served as an ombudsman at Brooke Grove Retirement Village in Olney, Md.
An Army wife, Edna Mae served her country alongside her husband for 30 years, including diplomatic posts in Sweden and Switzerland. She co-founded the first American Girl Scout troop in Sweden. An avid reader, Edna Mae was a member of a neighborhood book club for more than 25 years. Her many talents included art, music and cooking. She also hand made hundreds of baby blankets and prayer shawls for family and friends around the world.
Edna Mae was cremated and will be later inurned at West Point. A celebration of her life is planned for later this year.
Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice Caring, Inc. of Montgomery County (http://www.hospicecaring.org/donate2.html) where Edna Mae was a long-time volunteer.
Edna Mae lived a life of faith, service and empathy. She is dearly missed by all who knew her.
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