Linda Louise Bredeson

August 26, 2019


Bredeson, Linda Louise Garrelts. April 22 1945 – August 26, 2019. Linda Bredeson died on August 26 after a short and sudden illness. Born in Casper, Wyoming,
she moved to Thermopolis, Wyoming in 1955, where she was 1963 Hot Springs County High School valedictorian. Linda graduated from Colorado College in 1967 with a degree in Zoology, and moved to Minneapolis, where she met and married Tom Bredeson; they had two children, Kate and Andrew, and later divorced. She lived in Indiana and California before returning to the Twin Cities, where she lived in her beloved Minnetonka neighborhood for over forty years. Over the years she worked in a bank, as an indexer at the Kinsey Institute, in a surgeon’s office, as an accountant, and as an editor. She volunteered throughout her life. A proud mom, Linda attended countless of her children's plays, sports matches, and a total of seven graduations. She enjoyed traveling to visit her children. She was an enthusiastic grandma to two dogs, and had several cats over the years. She had an astonishing ability to make things—from macramé to embroidery to cookies to elaborate costumes. She was an avid wordsmith with an encyclopedic memory; we will miss terribly her wry humor and brilliance. She died with her brother, daughter, son, and daughter-in-law at her side; Andrew and his fiancée MG got married in Linda’s hospital room the day before she passed away. Survived by daughter Kate (Portland, OR), son Andrew (Denver, CO, MG Huth), brother Jim Garrelts (Thermopolis, WY), niece Rebecca Sweet (Parker), nephew Brett Garrelts (Emilie), nephew Rob Fohr (Christine), niece Emmie Fohr, great-nieces and nephews Maddie, Mae, Madeline, Brody, and Jacob, cats George and Gracie, grand-dogs Manny and Tennessee, members of the Bolduc, Donley, Lumley, Gravatt, and Fohr families, and many dear friends. Preceded in death by parents Mary-Louise and Floyd Edgar Garrelts; grandparents Jim and Patty Anderson, and Arthur and Mabel Garrelts; sister-in-law, Sandee Lumley Garrelts; and former parents-in-law Bob and Margaret Bredeson. Linda’s family is thankful for the caring staff at Methodist Hospital. Cremation has been held. Private family services will happen at a later date. Donations can be made to the Humane Society or World Wildlife Fund.

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