Mona Brehm August 8, 1924 - October 4, 2016 Poway Mona Brehm, matriarch of Brehm Communications Inc., died Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at age 92, leaving a family of relatives and employees remembering her for her heart, her conscience and her courage."Mom was a wonderful person, universally loved and full of care for others," Bill Brehm Jr, her son and president of BCI, said."She had an infectious smile that made people feel comfortable and welcome. She was always thoughtful of others and worried about doing the right thing every day and with all whom she dealt," Brehm said. "She was stern when necessary with her kids and provided a guiding moral hand for her family and the company."The daughter of McGiffin Newspapers founder W.J. McGiffin, Mona grew up in the news business. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and lived in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri, before moving with her family to Beverly Hills when she was 11 years old.She attended Pomona College and, following graduation in 1946, went to work for her father at the Industrial Post in Bell. Working as a bookkeeper, she met Bill Brehm, a Navy Air Corps veteran who was laboring as a printer's devil in the pressroom. Mona and Bill Brehm were married in 1947, and Mona began her life as a homemaker, mother and volunteer.By 1971, amidst changes in the family company and the world of newspapers, Mona returned to the business, by then owned by her and her husband. She was the company's first trainee in the new Compugraphic typesetting machines that were sparking a revolution in the way newspapers were created. Bill Brehm Sr. would later say that he asked Mona to take on the job because she was the only person he trusted absolutely.The employees always came first to Mona and as a result she created the profit-sharing program in 1973. For more than 40 years, she was the plan administrator, dedicated to making sure the company's workers could build up savings and security for their future.Under Mona and Bill's co-ownership, the company grew, adding newspapers, printing facilities and also a real estate division. Mona helped lead the way, serving as corporate secretary of Brehm Communications' corporations."Over the years, Mona inspired so many, and was a driving force behind BCI's success," COO Tom Kirk said in announcing her death.Through it all, she was known as the heart of the business, a hostess who put visitors at ease and charmed wherever she went.Bill Brehm Sr., her husband of over 67 years, died October 4, 2015. In the year after his death, Mona remained devoted to her family and service projects and deeply interested in the company she helped to build.Mona Brehm is survived by her son, BCI President Bill Brehm Jr. of Poway; daughters, Tina McDonald of Poway, Barbara Schuyler of Fallbrook, and Cindy Melland of Yucca Valley; grandchildren, Shannon and Paul Thompson, Bill Brehm III and Carissa Fleshman, Ryan Schuyler and Lindsay Wagner, Monica and Dylan Budd and Eddie Costello; and 12 great-grandchildren. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ pomeradonews .
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