Geraldine Brethel (Reinheimer) was born in Brooklyn on January 27, 1953 to William and Elizabeth Reinheimer (Farley). Geri had such fond memories of growing up with her siblings Bill and Betty. Trips to Coney Island, days at the movies and beach with her cousins, hanging with her best friend Mariann and big family holiday celebrations were some of her favorite times. Geri was a wonderful student and graduated from Christ the King High School and attended Queens Community College. In 1972, Geri met Mike Brethel at a college party and the 2 hit it off. Despite Geri’s gigantic St. Bernard trying to scare Mike away, they married on May 25, 1974. They had 3 children, Katie, Mike and Greg. Geri was born to be a mother and her family was everything to her. The Brethel house was always filled with her children’s friends and Geri was a mother to many more children than just her own. Geri did it all; she was a PTA board member and Girl Scout leader while also working outside the home for Verizon. Geri was selfless, generous and had a fantastic sense of humor. She often cracked herself up and had a wonderful laugh. Geri was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001; while she struggled with this painful disease for 20 years, Geri kept her sense of humor, found joy in all the little things and showed so much strength everyday. She never complained, even when there was much to complain about. She loved Christmas, Disney World, Broadway plays and baking. She leaves behind 4 grandchildren, Alexander, Victoria, Riley and Jack, who were her pride and joy. She was an amazing Nana who loved to spoil them with baked goods and was always on the hunt for the perfect gift. Geri was the best wife, mother, nana, aunt and friend that anyone could ever ask for. She was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.
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