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Bernard-Stiehl, Tara February 24, 1967 - November 6, 2020

Tara Bernard-Stiehl passed away on November 6, 2020 at the age of 53, following a courageous battle with an extended illness, which she fought long and hard, just as she had lived. 

Tara was born on February 24, 1967 in Yonkers, NY, to her beloved parents, Eileen and Denis Bernard. Tara leaves behind her heartbroken husband Jeff, whom she married in 2011 after 20 years of friendship. She is survived by her mother, Eileen, and brother, Christopher. Tara was a proud aunt to Ian, Erik, Adrianna and Laura. 

She maintained friendships that lasted a lifetime. Tara dedicated her life to serving those around her, spending more than 20 years in public service in Westchester County Government. She was well respected for her work as a chief political strategist on local and state campaigns, as well as a senior policy advisor to multiple County lawmakers. 

Tara was a true force of nature. Spirited and unwavering, she displayed tireless devotion in every aspect of her life. From her professional contributions to the support and mentorship she extended to others, especially her loved ones. Exceedingly strong, smart, kind, funny, genuine and unforgettable. Tara will always be remembered as an exceptional woman, who left a lasting impact on those who were lucky enough to know her. She will be forever missed.

Calling Hours: 3 to 6 pm, Monday, November 9, 2020

In Lieu of Flowers: Donations may be made in Tara's memory to Cancer Research at Cancer.org


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    Judith Saltiel says

    My dear sweet Tara, for 31 years you’ve been my very best friend, my confidant, my sister. You’ve made my life richer than any treasure on earth. I will love you for all eternity & I will see you again in heaven. May god keep you safe and at peace in his arms.
    To Jeff. Eileen, Christopher, Maureen Kathleen, all of her family. and friends, my deepest sympathy for your loss. We will never be the same..

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      eileen bernard says

      Thank you Judy. You have been very close to Tara and she was very thankful for your support.

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        Denis Bernard says

        So sad to hear about Tara Eileen. Best wishes and sympathy from Megumi, Kyle and Denis in Japan.

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    Jackie Keane says

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I will miss you my sweet, funny dear cousin Tara. I will always remember you singing “on the road again” to me every time we spoke on the phone and you calling me Jackeeee every time you saw me’. To Jeff, Aunt Eileen and Chris my deepest condolences and I hope to be able to celebrate Tara properly one day soon with the entire family at the Jersey Shore. Just as she would have wanted it. Love Jackie Keane

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      eileen bernard says

      Beautiful message Jackie. Thank you. Aunt Eileen

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    Michele Talerico says

    To Jeff, Eileen, Christopher, Maureen, Kathleen and to all who knew and loved Tara, May the Lord provide you with comfort during this time of loss. I’m so sorry to have heard of the struggles of the illness that impacted such a loving soul.
    Tara will always have a special place in my heart, and memories of her shall always include the sound of her laughter, the light that shined through her eyes and her spirit, with her love for people. Tara blessed many by simply being Tara, and now as she is blessed up above with all the saints and angels, may heaven celebrate joyfully through piano playing, followed by dancing, singing and laughter. God bless you all.

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      eileen bernard says

      Thank you Michele for your lovely message.

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    Karen rooney says

    Tara, so many call you a best friend, because you were the Best, most true, loyal, and loving person anyone knew. We all are so lucky to have you in our lives, I am positive every person who knew you would say you are “one of a kind” . I wish I could have taken your suffering away, but you are at peace now and we are left here to somehow carry on. I hope you are with our Dads by now and smiling and laughing . You brought so much joy to anyone lucky enough to spend time with you, so funny, so sweet and caring. I am so sad and devastated that I couldn’t be there to hold your hand and be with you in the hospital. I love you with all my heart, and pray we will see each other on the other side. Eileen, Jeff, Chris, Maureen, and Kay I am so sorry For all you have been through and that I can not be with you to say goodbye in person.
    Karen Rooney

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      eileen bernard says

      Karen, You were with Tara all through her many illnesses. She phoned you in the middle of the night when she was alone and frightened.. You did so much more than hold her hand. You held her heart. We love you

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    Pat Milo says

    Our funny wonderful friend Tara, you left us with much courage, grace and dignity. We miss you already! So lucky and blessed to have you in our lives for 40 plus years and you certainly made them a lot more fun and happy. I will miss all the laughs. I am sure my dad will be singing you lots of Irish songs in heaven…how he loved to tease you 🙂 I will think of you often…rest in peace my lovely friend.
    Condolences to the many who will miss you but most of all Jeff, your loving husband and your Mom, Eileen.

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      eileen bernard says

      Pat, Your message is so reassuring. I can just picture your Dad singing to her and Denis and Richie in the chorus.all happy in heaven. Eileen

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      eileen bernard says

      Pat, How she loved your humor. You always made her laugh. We were so lucky to have the Rooney’s as our friends. 🙏 Thank you.

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    Jennifer Burke Lindros says

    I was so sad to hear of Tara’s passing! Tara was larger than life, if she was in the room-you knew it! Our time spent together at Ursuline was filled with a little mischief and a lot of laughter! I will never forget her beautiful spirit! Love you Tara, – “Burkie”

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      eileen bernard says

      She loved being with you and her friends at Ursuline. I know you had a lot of laughs together.

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    Jennifer D'Anna-Boyce says

    I am so sad to hear of Tara’s passing. We were neighbors and friends on Devoe Avenue for many years. I have many great memories being together growing up. My condolences to Eileen and Chris!

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      eileen bernard says

      Thank you Jennifer. She enjoyed being with you and her friends at Ursuline. She is out of her pain and with her Dad in heaven.

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      eileen bernard says

      Thank you Jennifer. Tara and Chris enjoyed many happy days on Devoe. They loved that your parents allowed them in your pool. Tara is out of her pain and with her Dad in heaven.

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    Mike Morey says

    Tara was someone who I respected and adored. Someone who in the middle of a campaign I could find levity and (inappropriate) humor with. She was viscously loyal to her friends and those she worked with. She has an amazing sense of humor and amazing instincts. She was sweet, loving, and just all around wonderful. I will greatly miss her. She truly was, one of a kind. xo

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    Kathleen Murphy says

    Our Condolences to Tara’s Husband , Eileen, Chris & family & all Tara’s extended family.
    At Dheis De go Raibh Si..Reunited with our friend your Dad. Love Kathleen & Pat.

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    Barbara Tartaglia says

    My hope Tara is that you are reading all of these condolences and know what an impact you had on so many lives . You fought long and hard to stay with us , especially your wonderful husband Jeff who was by your side throughout all your pain. I remember your mother saying when she stayed with you at Christmas that she never saw a happier couple . You were lucky to have found such love in your life but that is because you deserved it .. We all are left here in disbelief that your are gone . May you be at peace and watch over all of us until we meet again . Jeff, Eileen , Chris , Maureen and Kay I will be praying for you and hope you find peace in all the wonderful memories of Tara .

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    Joan & Danny Finnegan says

    Deepest Sympathy to Jeff, Eileen, Chris, Kay. Maureen and all Tara’s extended family. We cherish the memories growing up with our kids on Tibbetts Rd. We love and miss you. Rest in peace in Heaven with
    your Dad.

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      eileen bernard says

      Thank you to all the Finnegan’s. You have been such wonderful friends through the years. Eileen

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    eileen bernard says

    Thank you to all our family, friends and Tara’s associates. My heart is broken at the passing of my darling daughter Tara. Your kind words are so appreciated. Eileen

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    Joan and Brendan OBrien Ireland. says

    Jeff, Eileen, Chris, Kathleen and Maureen
    Please accept our very sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear Tara. We are holding you very close to our hearts at this sad time. Joan and Brendan O’Brien. Ireland.

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    John and Margaret Bernard says

    Eileen, Jeff and all the Bernard family, our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of your beloved Tara, may she RIP, we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time, John and Margaret Bernard ,Innishannon,Cork Ireland

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    Fiona O'Brien says

    Eileen, Chris and Jeff

    So sorry to hear of Tara’s passing. She sounds like she was such a wonderful person. Thinking of you. Fiona OBrien, Ireland (Joan and Brendan daughter) .

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    Orla O Brien says

    Dear Eileen,
    My sincere sympathy to you & all of Tara’s family, relatives & friends. My thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
    May Tara rest in peace,
    Orla (O ‘ Brien), Galway, Ireland

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    Joseph Bernard says

    My deepest Eileen to you Jeff, Chris and Maureen. Tara was very good to me when I needed help in New York and I will forever be grateful.

    Thinking of ye all at this time.

    Kind Regards,
    Joe and Kate

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