Ermina "Randy" Breitenbach
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Ermina (Randy) A. Breitenbach was born August 22,1924 to Peter and Marie Breitenbach in Indianapolis, IN . She passed from this earthly life on March 4,2013 at 88 yrs old.
She is preceeded in death by both of her parents and a brother Albert and two sisters, Margaret Ballard and Frances Benoit. She is survived by three nephews Andrew(Peter) Benoit, John Benoit both of Indiana and Michael Benoit of Cedar City.
Ermina always said her dad wanted a boy so he nicknamed her, Randy. She liked her friends to call her by this name. Her father by trade made a modest living as a clothes tailor for the department stores of LS Ayres in Indianapolis. Randy spent most of her life working as a newspaper reporter for 2 papers in Indianapolis; the Times and the Star.
Randy was married for a short time when she was quite young then later divorced. Years later she met her true love Russ...a motorcycle policeman. After dating Russ for years, he unexpectedly died before they could tie the knot. It was one of her saddest times of her life and she never got over it. She said he knew how to put her in her place but she would say it with a smile on her face. They loved each other very much.
She spent her spare time helping her parents and helping her sister raise her 3 boys. She loved to travel and take her sister and the family on trips out west. She and Frances moved to Cedar City because of their love of amature prospecting and visiting many Indian cultures and many plans to visit ghost towns and such. She loved the country scenery and all that was offered out here.
She donated money to worthy organizations for downtrodden people, churches as well as for mistreated animals. She spent a large sum of her income to feed the wild birds in her backyard and was concerned for their food supply when they stayed during the winter months.
She and her parents helped train Dobermans for police work for many years. The true love of her life were her dogs.."Heather and Nikki." "Heather" was her tiny poodle that she had for 17 & 1/2 years and began spoon feeding her health failed. She got Nikki from a shelter in SLC for a companion to Heather after the death of her "LittleJoe" poodle . Randy had heard that Nikki had been given only "one" more chance to be in a home or else he would be put down. Randy took him and never regretted her decision...He has so much personality and character she said. Both dogs were her reason to live.
Randy was a very giving person to everyone that she met and expected only a thank-you in return. She will be missed by many who loved her. Knowing how much she was suffering we rejoice that she can now rest in peace... free from all her pain.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at the Parowan City Cemetery. Interment will follow under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Mar. 11, 2013