Deborah F. Griesinger, a reading specialist who was active in the Harford Jewish Center, died March 5 of breast cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Bel Air resident was 48.
Deborah Ford was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, where she graduated from Springbook High School in 1977.
After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, she worked for nonprofits including the Boy Scouts of America, the Leukemia Society of America, the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer's Association.
After moving to Bel Air in 1994, Mrs. Griesinger became a volunteer at her children's elementary school.
At Emmorton Elementary School, she was a volunteer and substitute teacher. Subsequently, she was an inclusion helper and, recently, a reading specialist.
She was a member and board member of the Harford Jewish Center in Havre de Grace, where she also volunteered.
Mrs. Griesinger had been involved in the planning and construction of the Lyn Stacie Getz Creative Playground in Emmorton.
She enjoyed needlework and sailing the middle bay with her husband of 24 years, Eric F. Griesinger, aboard the Chippewa, their 27-foot sailboat.
Services were held Sunday at the Harford Jewish Center.
Also surviving are two sons, Andrew E. Griesinger and Mark R. Griesinger, both of Bel Air; her parents, Paul and Shirley Ford of Asheville, N.C.; and a sister, Joanne F. McCarthy of Asheville, N.C.