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Brenda Etschmaier

  • On July 20, 2022

Brenda Etschmaier (Gibson)

Generous, outgoing, caring. We are heartbroken to announce the death of our dear mother on July 17, 2022.

Brenda was born in County Durham, England, the second of five children of Charles and Amelia Gibson. The family moved to Watford, outside of London, during WWII. At 19, Brenda immigrated to the USA, eventually settling in Pittsburgh. However she always remained steadfastly British. She also lived in Germany and Austria, and later earned a degree in German, Phi Beta Kappa. She became a Real Estate agent and was an avid tennis player. She also had a great love of the symphony and theater.
Above all, Brenda was a mother to Christina and Alexandra sharing her wit, laughter and love with them. She worked hard to take them on adventures and created a village of friends and family for them. She was a dear sister and friend.

In addition to Christina (Ken) and Alexandra (Quint), she leaves behind her grandchildren, Christina’s three children, Thuy Linh (Horacio), Kiran and Cameron, Alexandra’s stepson Mowgli, and her great grandchildren, Linh’s children, Henry, Zara, Amelia and Lucy. She will be missed by her surviving siblings Joy, Peter and Hazel and their families. She was a good friend to too many people to name here, many of whom considered her part of their families. We will always remember her laughter.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 4-7 pm at 218 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

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Kruman Susan
I have been friends with Brenda since our days at Alder Court where I first met her and Christina and Alex. Brenda moved to Pt. Breeze and my husband and I moved there shortly after. We had many fun gab sessions and drinks when she was our neighbor. I loved to play tennis with her, have tea, and enjoyed her new year's parties. I know I haven't seen her recently but I still miss her company. She was one of a kind.