Johnson Funeral Home


Brenda Gruenewald

November 6, 1950November 16, 2020
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Brenda Bush Gruenewald, 70, of Georgiana, Alabama, went home to be with the Lord on November 16, 2020. She was born on November 6, 1950, the daughter of the late Otis and Adell Bush. She was the youngest of thirteen siblings. Brenda graduated from Georgiana High School in 1969 and Troy State University in 1973, ultimately attaining a master’s degree in education. On August 5, 1973 she married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, the late Mark Stuart Gruenewald.

Brenda’s passions in life centered around family, friends, faith and education. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Georgiana but also attended services at First Baptist and Mount Pleasant Baptist Churches; joyfully serving in the choirs of all three.

A lifelong educator, she taught sixth grade at R.L. Austin Elementary and Georgiana High School for almost 30 years, retiring in 2002. In 1995, she was honored to be named Butler County’s Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Award. Recently, Georgiana School dedicated a nature “Trail of Encouragement” to be built in her honor.

Brenda was a loving wife, dedicated mother of two and Nanny of three grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with them at home, working in her yard and instilling within them her love of community service. Brenda had thousands of friends and former students and communicated with them often through her gift of letter writing.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Monica Gruenewald-Pate and Jimmy Pate of Chandler, AZ; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Gruenewald and Diane Gruenewald of Hendersonville, TN; grandchildren, Mariah Pate-Pierce of Birmingham, AL, Maddy and Jayce Pate of Chandler, AZ; and siblings Marion Newsome of Georgiana, Margaret Braden, Pauline Szabo and Gene Bush of Greenville, Wendell Bush of Red Level and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Georgiana on Thursday, November 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Celebration of Life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Georgiana. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. with funeral services commencing at 2:00 p.m. A grave-side service will follow at New Home Cemetery in Georgiana.

Pallbearers will be Jayce Pate, Tyler Pierce, Scott Cooper, Chris Hall, Kenny Newsome, and Steve Newsome.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests the following:

Donations to the Georgiana School for the Trail of Encouragement being built in her honor. Make checks payable to Georgiana School, 866 South US Hwy 31, Georgiana, AL 36033.

Donations can also be made to a church of your choice or to the Three Arts Club of Georgiana for the Rose Memorial Library.


  • Jayce Pate
  • Tyler Pierce
  • Scott Cooper
  • Chris Hall
  • Kenny Newsome
  • Steve Newsome



  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020


  • Burial

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Gwen Holt

November 24, 2020

Brenda was such a caring, loving person. She and I became quick friends when we first met. Even though I live in Texas, we kept in touch. She was such a delight. I will miss her cards and all the encouragements that she included. She was a bright light and she will be deeply missed. May God watch over all her Family!!! Love and blessings --- Gwen

Judy Burkett

November 23, 2020

Brenda will truly be missed. Although we were a few years apart I always considered her a dear friend. She and Mark was a blessing to all of the community. Many good times over the years (school years) spending time with Mark and Brenda. God truly gained two angels .

Sarah Evans

November 21, 2020

Prayers to all the family .MS Brenda and MR mark will be missed by all..

Darrell Watson

November 20, 2020

What a lady , what a mother, teacher, a friend. My heart felt condolences and blessings to the family and the many extended family and friends.Brenda and I had not seen each other for decades but connected thru facebook about two years ago.I had enjoyed communicating with her , and even sharing her grief of recent times.I know the area will greatly miss her.What a lady! Love and prayers. Darrell Watson Winter Springs, Florida

Lynn Bush

November 20, 2020

A beautiful woman inside and out.. I'm so proud to be able to call you , My Aunt. I will always cherish our talks and my visits with you. I even , enjoyed spending the night with you , we had so much fun together. I dont think , I have laughed like we did in a long time..
I'm sure gonna miss you, so much.. I will always remember your last words to me " I Love You , Lynn" I know your dancing and singing in heaven with your loved ones. Tell them all , I said hello.. Until I see you again , fly high Aunt Brenda.. I love you. ( Rest in peace )

Kittye Lowe Perry

November 18, 2020

Dearest Monica, Micheal and the Bush and Gruenewald families,
I dearly love all of you and I dearly loved Brenda! She left a Mark on everyone who knew and loved her! She was always a presence when in need for my family and I will forever be grateful to her for that! The first Christmas communion service I had to attend by myself, she made me an honorary Gruenewald and I was served the sacraments with your family. That meant a lot to me! She had a true servant heart and was a shining example for all of us. While my heart is sad for all of you and all of us, I know Brenda would not want us to be sad! She is healed, and with her Savior, her beloved Mark and the rest of her loved ones gone on before! I am praying for comfort for all of you in the days and weeks ahead without our beloved Brenda! Sincerely, Kittye (Lowe) Perry

Dewayne Blackburn

November 18, 2020

Sorry for ya'll loss Brenda was a good lady


November 18, 2020

Layton and I are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep all of the family in
our prayers. What a wonderful angel heaven received.
If we can do anything at all please let us know.
Love and Prayers
Layton and Sybil Scott

Nelda Headley

November 18, 2020

I was a year or 2 behind Brenda in school. I remember her smiling & laughing so often. My deepest sympathies to her family. Prayers for peace & comfort during your time of mourning. (Matthew 5:4; Psalm 73:26)
Nelda Bolling Headley

Suzy Shepherd

November 18, 2020

Brenda was a dear friend. I met Brenda & Mark when I was in the 10th grade & I had to take the 6th graders out to PE (play) She always felt that she had to hold my hand. She was always so sweet. During our married life Brenda, Mark & their children, Michael & Monica became close. They loved our family, Charles & I, our children Melinda & chuck & our grandchildren, Ashtyne & Carrington. Ashtyne loved staying with us on weekends and we would take her to church where she met Brenda & just fell in love with her. We are all saddened by her passing. We prayed for her everyday & had looked forward to seeing her when she felt like having company. Our deepest sympathy to Monica, Michael & family. She will be greatly missed. May God be with you during this sad time. Love, Charles & Suzy Shepherd


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