James A. Breining

December 20, 1933 - February 8, 2021

James A. Breining, 87, a lifelong resident of Pine Creek Valley, passed from this life suddenly on February 8, 2021 in Fort Myers, FL.  He was a son of John I. and Hazel V. (Kennedy) Breining.  He was born in Williamsport, PA on December 20, 1933. He was a graduate of Jersey Shore High School class of 1952.

After graduation, Jim was employed several years at Avco Lycoming before starting his career at Piper Aircraft Corp. After Piper left Lock Haven, he worked as a sawyer at a local sawmill and ended his working career at Alcan Cable, retiring in 1997. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling, bowling, shuffleboard and family gatherings.  Jim was a faithful member of Garman Lutheran Church of Jersey Shore and attended services at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Labelle, FL during his winter months in Florida. He was a devoted family man and was proud of their accomplishments.

Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Fairy Jean Bickel from Woolrich; two daughters and three sons, Sherry (Glen) Hilsinger of Emerald Isle, NC and Julie (John) Mekosh of Clayton, NC, James (Debora) of Jersey Shore, John (Susan) of Saint Ignatius MT, and Joey (Lorraine) of Westminster, MD; 14 grandchildren; as well as nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Hazel (Zane) Spong of Avis, Janice (Gerald) Booher of Shirleysburg, PA.  and Marcia Phillips of Phoenix, AZ.

He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Harold, Melvin and Vance; as well as a sister, Betty Zarr.

Jim will be sadly missed by all his family members and neighbors at Whisper Creek RV Park in Labelle, Florida.

The family is planning a memorial service and life celebration later this year.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to: Garman Lutheran Church, PO Box 70, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. BelleAmie & Todd Doughton Feb 10, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful, kind person. Rest In Peace, Uncle Jim. See you in heaven!!!

  2. Barb Grainey Feb 10, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers are being sent to the entire family for comfort!

  3. Monty and Kay Duncan Feb 10, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Sending love and prayers to all the Breining family.

  4. TomCox Feb 10, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Sorry of your loss I liked your dad very much he will be missed

  5. Phillip Gaul and family Feb 10, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Jim was one of the kindest and funniest people one could ever hope to meet. He was full of all sorts of knowledge and would give you the shirt off his back. The world was definitely a better place because of him and his family. He will be sorely missed. Condolences, thoughts and prayers to Fairy and the entire Breining family

  6. Janice Shireman Feb 10, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    So, so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. Thinking of you.

  7. Budd Breining Feb 11, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Uncle Jim was truly a one of a kind. I’ll be forever grateful for the help he gave me in times of need and for the good times we had along the way. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss and God bless him.

  8. Robert Allen Feb 11, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Sorry for your loss. My family would like to send our thoughts and prayers to your family. Stay strong and stay together..

  9. Charlie m Pinchon Feb 11, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family during your time of grief. Stay strong in the Lord.

  10. Donna Welker Feb 12, 2021 at 9:42 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and love from our family to yours.

  11. Carolyn Ludwig Feb 12, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    We will miss our very kind and dear friend. Our prayers are with your family

  12. Steve VanArsdall Sr Feb 14, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Jim was such an inspiration. Always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. Even when feeling under the weather. He will be missed but take solace in knowing we will see him again.

  13. Randy and Layne Dayman Feb 14, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Always enjoyed Jim and Fairy at the activities in Whisper Creek. A very nice man that we will miss.

  14. Donna & Greg Hehn Feb 14, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  15. Margaret Engeland Feb 14, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    My sympathies Fairy. Jim was such a part of our good times at WHISPER Creek. Each year he made a point of welcoming us and your friendship was most appreciated..
    There are many memories that are yours alone and yet many share in your loss and care deeply about your sorrow. Through these difficult days, hoping you find comfort in remembering all the special times you shared. So sorry for your loss. Margaret Engeland (and Harry).

  16. Susan and John Ballas Feb 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Sorry for your loss, he’ll always be in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. deborah L Gagnon Feb 14, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    What a beautiful Tribute of Jim’s Life. He is loved and will be missed by all of Jim’s WhisperCreek 4Ever Family.
    He will never be forgotten.
    Jim, one day we will all be together in the Big and Beautiful RV Resort in Heaven.
    The whole family are in our thoughts and prayers
    Reggie and Debbie Gagnon

  18. Hope Simcox Miller Feb 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    So sad to hear of Jim’s passing. So many wonderful memories with Jim and his family. I love you all. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  19. Holly Simcox Eck Feb 14, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss. I loved Jim. He was a fantastic man and I always enjoyed visiting with Jim, Fairy and family on our family’s summer vacations in Pennsylvania.

  20. Hope Simcox Miller Feb 15, 2021 at 2:43 am

    I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I have known Jim and his family since the day I was born and have many wonderful, warm memories of Jim and his family throughout the years. Prayers for healing and comfort for the family. I love you all. Hope

  21. Dawn and Jim Harder Feb 15, 2021 at 5:31 am

    Very sorry for you loss Jim was a friend to everyone. He always had a smile on his face he will be missed.

  22. William Edward Theaker Feb 15, 2021 at 9:25 am

    RIP Jim.

  23. J.E Shultz Feb 16, 2021 at 5:19 am

    Jim was one of the first men I met when walking the park, friendly, congenial, and Happy to know that I was from PA! A wonderful relationship occurred as I met Fairy, and then his children when they would arrive for vacations. Always willing to help, he would insure me that my dog would be walked if I had a meeting, or the boards placed on the back of my Fl. Room before my return to PA. A fellow Lutheran, we talked about church, hunting and also Woolrich clothing.
    Whisper Creek will not be the same without this lovely man, he is sorely missed. Rest in peace, my friend!

  24. Joan Breining Summerson Feb 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Rest in peace, cousin Jim, Prayers for all the family.

  25. Maryann Feb 16, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Sorry for your lost Fairy
    Maryann from woolrich

  26. dennis harris Feb 17, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. It has been so very long since I’ve seen cousin Jim but I have fond memories of hunting at Uncle John and Aunt Hazel’s farm with him. I picture waiting at the farm house where we met, the drivers leaving to go up top and Jim telling the lower drivers (you boys) to follow him and up the mountain we went. He must have thought it comical with the young Harris boys following behind almost having to run to keep up. And the time Jim and I went back to retrieve a buck I had shot on the side hill by the tracks only to find it still alive when we got close. Those were the good old days for sure and I miss the camaraderie we had there. We will keep you all in our prayers. Rest in peace Jim.
    We hope to be able to attend the memorial service when whenever it is planned.

  27. Joanna Hamel Condo Feb 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    So sorry for your loss Fairy. Don’t know if you remember me, I lived on your street in Woolrich. I don’t believe I ever saw you since we moved away in 1954. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, I know what you are going thru. Take care and God Bless!

  28. Ken boone Feb 21, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Fairy and family Jim was truly a good man .Remembering all the good times we had together.
    Ken And Jean Boone

  29. Dorie Todd Feb 26, 2021 at 8:34 am

    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Jim and the Breining family at Garman Church.

  30. deborah L Gagnon Apr 11, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Jim you will always be missed here at WhisperCreek. You know Fairy will be well cared for by her family at home and her WhisperCreek family. I will miss seeing you sitting on your front porch at the Creek.

  31. Ann Haas Aug 27, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Dear Fairy & Family,
    Was saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. It has been some time, but your family is fondly remembered.
    Sincerely –

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