Georgietta Breunling

Georgietta "Getta" Breunling

Tuesday, July 26th, 1932 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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Georgietta “Getta” (Schiman) Breunling

July 26, 1932 – November 8, 2020

Getta passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 8, in St Joseph at the age of 88.

Getta was born in Traverse City, Michigan. She graduated from St. Joe High in 1950. In 1954, Getta married Erwin “Brit” Breunling at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Benton Harbor. They lived for a time in Niles, Michigan before returning to her beloved St. Joe in 1967. Getta and Brit shared a long and happy life together until his passing in 2012. Together they raised two sons, Randy and Michael. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. Her family was the most important thing in her life.

Throughout Getta’s life she also enjoyed working. She spent many years at two well-known area clothing stores Petite Shop in Benton Harbor and Dotty’s Chapeaux Boutique in St. Joe. She helped her father, Bill, at his bakery (Schiman’s Bakery) and later at his coffee and donut shop, both in Benton Harbor. She worked for several years at Shepherd Casters. Her love of cooking and baking eventually led to her home-based baking business selling made-to-order cakes for holidays and special events.

Getta’s faith was a strong influence in her life, and she was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joe. In addition, she had a deep love of her country and for those who served, and for years wrote letters to Gold Star family members.

She lived her final years at the Whitcomb in the company of the many friends she made there. She enjoyed walking through downtown St Joe and along the bluff, and was a regular attendee at the summer band concerts. She always looked forward to frequent visits from family and friends.

Getta is preceded in death by Brit, her husband of 58 years. She is survived by her sons, Michael (Debbie) and Randy (Carla); grandchildren, Kendra (Stephen) and Kyle; and great-grandson, James. She is also survived by her sister, JoAnn Siewert and many nieces and nephews, including Jeffrey Siewert and locally Steve and Kay Breunling.

Getta was a fun and energetic spirit. We will miss her twinkling smile and wonderful laugh and all the love she showered on her family.

We would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to the staff of the Whitcomb for providing Getta such wonderful care and support.

Due to Covid considerations, there will be a brief viewing on Thursday, November 12, beginning at 12:30 P.M. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 P.M. at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joe. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following: Grace Lutheran Church, St Jude Children’s Hospitals, or The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Those wishing to sign Getta’s Memory Book online or to view her graveside service (not Live Streamed) may do so at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 12:30pm - 1:45pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 2:00pm
    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks & Social Distancing will be required for the visitation & services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Getta's name may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, St Jude Children’s Hospitals, or The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.


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Kam Heathcote

Posted at 04:26pm
Brit and Getta lived across the street from my parents on Mt. Curve, for many years. Getta was a very friendly, caring neighbor during that time. I would take my daughter trick or treating there every year and we were always invited in for a special treat. Oh, so good.
All my love to her sons, Randy and Mike, who are true testaments to how wonderful and special a woman Getta was.

Kam Mason Heathcote

Ginny Antonson

Posted at 03:02pm
Randy, I am so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She was such a lovely woman and proud mother. After she moved to The Whitcomb, I missed seeing her and talking to her in church. I am sorry that the pandemic has prevented me from expressing my sympathy in person. May God bless you and your family and be your comfort in the days ahead.

Mark Celmer

Posted at 11:15am
Randy, wife Barbara and myself were backyard neighbors with your folks (Lane Dr). I wish I had known that they were your parents.
Really lovely people, we miss them. God bless. Mark and Barbara

Mark Sperlik

Posted at 09:41pm
Mike, I am sorry to learn of your Mom's passing and wanted to say hello after so many past years. I don't think I have ever met your Mom, but it sounds like she was a very sweet, likable, loving and kind woman to all. Do you remember our Milton Junior High School days back in the early 1970's? In 7th grade football you and I were starting at Flanker, running in every other play on offense as Coach Lignell gave them to us. It was our final game of the season as we played at the big Bears football field under the lights at Dickinson Stadium against our future classmates from Upton Jr. High. Those are just some of the precious memories that I hold on to very tight about my school hood days growing up in St. Joe with people like you who I had the pleasure of going to school and growing up with---of course that's been a few years ago to say the least. Last I knew of you, you had told me at one of our Class Reunions you were a Meteorologist (weather man/reporter) for a a local TV station somewhere in Wisconsin. Anyway Mike, God bless you and all your family---and keep your focus on the Lord Jesus, my friend. God loves us ALL---EVERYONE! Romans 10: 9, 10

Margaret Schmieding Posted at 03:30pm

I met Getta through her baking. I was given one of her fruitcakes as a gift. Fruitcake was not a favorite of mine, but hers were really good. I purchased them (and cookies) for many years. We talked about Schiman's bakery as I often "ate lunch" there during my high school years. I kept in touch after her husband's death hoping she would start baking again.. I believe she had not driven much while he was alive and remember her telling me she got a driver's license . I would often see her walking downtown after she moved to the Whitcomb. She was a lovely, kind lady. Deepest sympathy to her family. Margaret Schmieding

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