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Helen "Lynn" Eugenia Bredt

Obituary for Helen "Lynn" Eugenia Bredt

June 25, 1930 - July 7, 2020
Rocky River, Ohio | Age 90

Loving Mother and Grandmother


Helen "Lynn" Eugenia Bredt (nee Collins) was born on June 25, 1930 and died peacefully on July 7, 2020. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was a wife to Jack, a sister to Jane, and a mother to Charley, Jackie, and Jo.

Lynn was born in South Chicago, the daughter of Millard and Frieda Collins. During her childhood years, she moved multiple times with her family due to her father's work at the YMCA, from Chicago, Illinois, to Gary, Indiana, to Joliette, Illinois. She met Jack Bredt at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in the classic story of a Tri-Delt falling in love and becoming sweetheart of Sigma Chi. During her second year at Denison, her father's work moved the family to Bad Kissingen, Germany and so she studied in Geneva, Switzerland to be close to her family, but far away from Jack. The distance between them was painful, and so it was then that Jack travelled to Geneva to propose to her.

Returning to the United States and to the love of her life, she graduated from Denison with a degree in French. She married Jack on her graduation day in Swasey Chapel at Denison, the same place where her parents were married.

Lynn and Jack got an apartment overlooking the Rocky River valley, where they met their good friends, Chris and Jerry Sullivan, who lived next door. Jack was working for Sherwin Williams while going to law school, and Lynn got a job working at a French airline. They moved a few times in the Rocky River and Olmstead Falls area, during which time Charley and Jackie were born, before moving to San Francisco for Jack's work and there, they had Jo. Their family of five was complete, but they missed Rocky River and moved back to Cleveland in 1959.

In 1969, Lynn and Jack moved to Larchmont, New York, where Lynn was thrilled to be closer to her sister, Jane; though after a few years, they missed Rocky River again and so moved back "home." Jack started his own management consulting business, and she supported and worked for him for many years. Later, she worked several years at Williams-Sonoma, all her children reaping the benefits of her employee discount at birthdays and Christmas!

Living on Lake Road, Lynn enjoyed all that the Cleveland Yachting Club had to offer. She loved sitting on the CYC porch, playing bridge (and winning), singing in the chorus, and performing at Christmas concerts and Memorial Day services. She loved having dinner with her family there and loved Lake Erie. Lynn also loved hosting parties, listening to her family sing and play music, talking on the phone for hours, and drinking extra dry vodka martinis (on the rocks, with a twist).

She is survived by her sister Jane Garcia (Tony); her three children, Charley Bredt (Vicky), Jackie Solberg (Andy), and Jo Bredt Gianas (Randy); grandchildren, Aksel Solberg (Jenny), Garret Solberg (Amanda), Tory Bredt (Jordan), and Randy Gianas, Jr. (Courtney); great-grandson Jack Teixeira; nephews, Ed Garcia (Corinne), Dan Garcia (Katie), Paul Garcia, and Jay Heavilin, and niece, Gail Teague (Greg). She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Bredt and sister-in-law, Phyllis Heavilin.

Lynn touched many hearts and minds in her 90 years and will continue to be remembered and loved by all who knew her. Memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund: Services to be planned will be announced on our website. (440) 333-9774

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