In her first career Reyna was a teacher, devoted to instilling a life-long joy of reading while passionately advocating for children to reach their maximum potential. Reyna continued to mentor generations of teenagers and young adults whom she employed at the Bagel Fair in Nora Plaza, a multigenerational family business that she owned and operated since her father’s death in 1985. Many of her former employees kept in touch over the decades, even bringing their own children to meet her. Reyna often declared, “children will rise or fall according to your expectations,” and her expectations for all of her “kids” were high. She had many wonderful qualities, though her family considers her lifelong nurturing of children and young adults to be her greatest gift.
Reyna was happiest when surrounded by her family, as she prepared numerous impromptu family meals and hosted many holiday celebrations. She was an avid and lifelong reader, an informed political watcher, and a frequent traveler to Israel, where she forged decades long friendships and loved to shop for artwork and gifts for her family. She was a creative spirit whose talent spanned sewing entire wardrobes for her children when they were young to penciling charcoal portraits of her grandchildren in later years. Reyna was a member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, where she taught Sunday School in the 1970s.
She is survived by her former husband and life-long devoted friend, Kurt Pauker, children Juli Pauker, Max Pauker, Robyn Pauker, and David Honig, and grandchildren, Lindsey Gergel, Zack Gergel, Elizabeth Pauker, Jake Pauker, Josh Honig, and Ari Honig.
The family would like to thank Dr. Zhanna Albany and Dr. Jie Xu, both of IU North Hospital, for their attentive and compassionate care. The family is deeply grateful to Heart to Heart Hospice and its team of caregivers, for providing the crucial support for Reyna to spend her final days at home with her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Indy Book Project: Books for Children in Need, at www.indybookproject.org, or to a local school or public library
A private memorial will be held in her honor. Friends may share a memory or condolence at www.arnmortuary.com
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