Geraldine Knape Getzoff

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Mass of Christian Burial for Geraldine Knape Getzoff, age 94, of New Smyrna Beach, who died peacefully Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at her home, will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach. Burial will follow at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens in Edgewater. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Geraldine graduated from Northwestern University School of Commerce in Evanston, Illinois, where she and Dave, her husband of 66 years, first fell in love while he was pouring her coffee in her sorority house. An avid golfer and member of both the Philadelphia Country Club in Pennsylvania and Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach, she was most famous for the matching golf skirts and accessories she designed and sewed for herself and all of her friends. Well known for her exceptional talents, Geraldine spent countless hours at the sewing machine and completed exquisite counted cross-stitch masterpieces in the home she designed, where she graciously entertained her family and numerous friends. Best described by all who knew her as a "real angel", Mrs. Getzoff was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, as well as the New Smyrna Beach Garden Club. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by one son, David John and his wife Sheila of Inverness, Florida; three daughters, Nancy Anne Brighton of Port Orange, Susan Joan Accorsi of Sebring, Florida, and Mary Ellen Gorshing of Loveland, Colorado; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her dog, Scooter. Mrs. Getzoff was preceded in death by her husband, David Fayman Getzoff in 2009. Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Getzoff's name to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129. Condolences may be made online at


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Settle-Wilder Funeral Home and Cremation Service - New Smyrna Beach
406 S. Orange Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 26, 2013
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