Georgia Brueggenjohann, 92, of Hermann, MO, passed peacefully on June 7th, 2022 in Hermann, MO.
Georgia Brueggenjohann was born June 20,1929 in South Bend, Indiana to Leona Barnhart and Thomas Taylor. Her family moved to St. Louis during her infancy. Georgia attended All Souls grade school in Overland, MO before attending high school at St. Marks Academy in St. Louis. During school breaks Georgia worked multiple jobs, including as a glove and sportswear model at Famous Barr and at the switch board for St. Vincent de Paul Society. After her high school graduation in 1947, Georgia continued to work for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Georgia met Glenn Brueggenjohann at the Casa Loma ballroom during a Sadie Hawkins dance. They became engaged on the Admiral Riverboat in St. Louis and married on April 23,1949. Georgia and Glenn moved to Hermann, where they raised their two children. They were married for almost 52 years before Glenn passed away. Georgia worked at Florsheim Shoe Company as a secretary and then as the office manager for nearly 30 years until her retirement.
During her life, Georgia was a very active member of the Hermann community. Georgia found time to serve as the Rural Fire Department Board Vice President and Director, as well as on the Hermann Arts Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission. She was also a member of the JC Wives, Nimble Thimble Quilters, VFW Auxiliary, Hospital Auxiliary, Red Hat Ladies and as a Meals on Wheels volunteer. Georgia and Glenn were also founding members of the Loutre Shore Country Club.
Georgia was very involved with the St. George Catholic Church in Hermann and served in many capacities there. She was on the St. George Church Council, the Ladies Sodality and part of the St. George quilters. Georgia dearly loved working with children. She tutored at the St. George School for over fifteen years and served as a third-grade class helper. She was also a Girl Scout Brownie leader for over 20 years.
Georgia loved to take long walks around Hermann and made many friends through these walks. Georgia also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. Fishing at Montauk State Park was a favorite sport for Georgia. She always fished the same pool, affectionately called the “Grandma Spot”. Georgia could often be found there reading a novel and eating donuts early in the morning while fishing. Georgia traveled extensively all over the world, including visiting her son in Turkey, Italy, Germany and more recently in New Mexico and Utah. She also traveled with her daughter to Italy, Hawaii and the Caribbean. After her husband's death in 2001, Georgia met Sidney Eldringhoff of Rhineland, MO. Sidney taught her to play Pinochle and they enjoyed playing cards, eating meals, fishing and traveling together until his death in 2021.
Georgia was an incredible cook. She was famous for her pies and donated them to community events for years. Her close friends and grandchildren were lucky enough to learn her baking secrets. Sour cherry pie from her own trees was a common treat, along with her fried chicken and German potato salad.
Throughout her life, Georgia maintained a positive outlook and joy for life. She never met a stranger, and shared laughter (and pies) with nearly everyone she met. She was generous to a fault, especially to her four beloved grandchildren, the walls of her home are a tribute to them. The grandkids spent many summer weeks in Hermann, going to the city pool, getting ice cream cones and fishing in the pond. Georgia loved laughing with her family and having a good time. Recently, Georgia was able to spend Christmas with Taylor at her new home in Los Angeles, as well as visit her first great-grandchild, Violet Reese in Elmhurst, IL.
Georgia is survived by her daughter Jean Brueggenjohann (Jim Reese) and son, Dan Brueggenjohann (Marcia) and her grandchildren, Carson Reese (Megan Sopko), Hannah Reese, Taylor Brueggenjohann and Andrew Brueggenjohann, and her great-grandchild, Violet Reese. Georgia is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Boyd Taylor, her husband Glenn Brueggenjohann and her companion Sidney Eldringhoff.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at St. George Church, Hermann, where a funeral mass will follow at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. George Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Georgia wished for memorials to be made to St. George Catholic School. c/o Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.