Suzanne Branzick Getz dies at 100


Suzanne Branzick Getz, Malibu resident of 40 years, died May 15 at Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. She was 100.

Getz was born Aug. 31, 1910 in Paris. She moved with her mother to New York in 1920 before settling in California three years later. Getz described Los Angeles in the ‘20s as “very provincial.”

Getz worked in sales for cosmetics company MAX Factor and for the Midwest Pipe and Supply Company. She enjoyed visiting one of three dance halls in Ocean Park, the place where she met her future husband, Ben. The pair married in 1933 and moved to Cheviot Hills where their four children were born and raised. Her husband, who had emigrated from Poland, established a successful auto supply dealership with his brothers. The couple, who moved to Malibu after their children were grown, remained married until his death in the late 1970s.

In a story in The Malibu Times last year, Getz said, for a woman who witnessed all the major developments of the last century, she found television to be the most amazing. She said Saturday morning cartoons were a good way to keep children entertained.

Getz was very interested in politics and considered voting to be a serious civic duty. She also enjoyed keeping up with all the happenings around town and treating her family to meals at local restaurants.

Last August, Getz told The Malibu Times that she attributed her longevity to eating lots of vegetables, never smoking and enjoying “a little wine” with her meals.

Getz is survived by her daughters Adrienne Hastings and Phyllis Leventhal; her grandchildren Elaine H. Edell, Valerie H. Parker, Robin and Ross Leventhal, Lorraine Zuckor and Monica Getz; her great grandchildren Garrett, Natalie and Jacqueline Edell, Jordan Parker and Ash Zuckor; and her sons-in-law Jeffrey Edell, Justin Parker and Adam Zukor. She was preceded in death by her children Sandra Getz and Alan Getz, as well as her husband Ben.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.