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