Judy E. Brede

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, January 14, 1939
Date of Death:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
79 years old


Date: Sunday December 02, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Monday December 03, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Bethel Lutheran Church [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Monday December 03, 2018
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Bethel Lutheran Church [ view map ]


Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, January 14, 1939
Date of Death:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
79 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, January 14, 1939
Date of Death:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
79 years old

Judy E. Brede

Judith Ellen Brede, 79 of Rochester, passed away the morning of Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Madonna Towers Nursing Home.

Judy was born Saturday, January 14, 1939 in Springfield, Minnesota to Herman and Vivian Nelson. She grew up on a farm north of Revere and graduated with honors from Walnut Grove High School in 1956. She moved to Rochester to attend Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing where she met and fell in love with Ardell. They were married on March 24, 1961 at Bethel Lutheran Church. She graduated with an RN degree from Rochester State Junior College in June 1971. Judy began her nursing career at Methodist Hospital in 1971 as a floor nurse and moved to the operating room where she worked until her retirement in 1994.

She enjoyed reading, singing, crocheting, and traveling. Her travels have included trips to Germany, China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, with her favorite place being Paris. When asked if she wanted to take a trip, her response was “Sure, where are we going”? She was a member of the Red Hat Society and was an avid Gopher fan holding season tickets for the Women’s hockey and basketball teams. She enjoyed being First Lady of Rochester and, of course, traveling with her husband on many of his mayoral trips.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Vivian Nelson; brother, Bob, and granddogs, Sox and Riley.

She is survived by her husband, Ardell; two daughters, Leslie (Tim) Kennedy, and Jennifer Brede; son, Scott Brede; and six grandchildren, Catie, Caroline, Vinny, Madison, Jordyn, and Lauren.  She is also survived by her brother, Norris (Sharon) Nelson of Apple Valley, CA.

The funeral service for Judy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Bethel Lutheran Church with Rev. Norman Wahl officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ardell and Judy Brede University of Minnesota Marching Band Scholarship https://makingagift.umn.edu/give/fund.html?id=2778 or to the National Kidney Foundation.


The family of Judy E. Brede has received the following condolences.

Dear Ardell and Family,

Judy was such a wonderful woman, and I can only imagine how difficult this has been for all of you. You have my deepest sympathy. My prayer is that God will supply you with the strength, comfort, and peace only He can provide at this sad time. Gopher Women's Hockey games won't be the same without her!

I am so sorry about Judy's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. God bless. Sylvia Viken

Dear Ardell,

We were deeply saddened by the news of Judy's passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family. 

I clearly remember you and Judy's gracious welcoming of me in Rochester many years ago. 


Firas & Nour Abdul-Hadi


We would like to extend our deepest condolences to you, Ardell, and the whole family. 

Our memory of Judy will always be one of a very gracious lady. We certainly enjoyed her company through the years and will miss her welcoming presence. 

It never seemed to be too much for her to meet new people and welcome them to Rochester. She was a great asset to our City and community. 

Herta and Eric Matteson

Dear Ardell,

We are saddened by Judy’s passing.  We know she had been ill for some time and would see your Audi parked at MadonnaTowers when we visited Jan’s mom in the Memory Unit.  I’m sure the staff at MT took good care her.  Our deepest condolences to you and family. Judy was a wonderful person and will be missed by her many friends107.  We sorry that we will not be able to pay our respects at Monday’s service.


Jan and Dick Westerlund



We were sorry to hear of Judy's passing and wanted to let you know that you're in our thoughts at this difficult time.

May you find peace in God's love during the coming holiday season.

Please take care.


Dave and Kathy Meir

She was a bright personality, kind and caring and had a special spark in her eye for all those she loved. She left the world a brighter space. My heart goes out to those she loved most dearly because surely they will miss her deeply. I will always remember her laughter and welcoming way.

Kristin Moeller

Ardell and Family, I was saddened  to hear about  your wife Judy, I would have  liked to have attend the  funeral but  I am out  of  town  at  the present. Thoughts and prayers to you and  your Family. Take Care my Friend, Del Haag

Dear Ardell,

My  sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Judy.  I know that the two of you were soul mates which is a special relationship to savor.  I am sorry she was so ill the last few years.  May she rest in peace.

So many people are thinking of you and enjoyed their relationship with you and Judy as the" First Couple".


Sharon Tennis 

We were saddened to hear of Judy's passing.  I remember fondly our trips with the Golden Gopher Football games and working on the mayor's campaign that first year and the parties around  Rochester. She was delightful to be around and always so stylish and well dressed.  Although we moved to St Paul 14 years ago and currently living in Arizona for the winter, we have fond memories of those fun times .  I hope you are well Ardell and still a Gophers fan.  Sincerely, Dave and Judy Benda

Dear Ardell and Family,

You have our deepest heartfelt sympathies in the passing of your wife and mother.  Ardell, she was a wonderful life partner for you and we will always remember the love and devotion you had for each other.  Best wishes for God’s healing grace.

Duane and Linda Reuer

Dear Ardell, and Family,

Judy was an exceptional surgical nurse, and it was a pleasure to work with her during my early years at Mayo.  She was a great help in the operating room and had exceptional organizational and management skills. She set the standards for excellence; she was an outstanding nurse.

Longterm illness is difficult, however, her saving faith in Jesus Christ assures her eternal Heavenly home.



Our sincere sympathies to you and your family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  

Blessings,  Dave and Betty

Ardell, My deepest condolences on your loss of Judy. Each time I met her, she was always so gracious and charming.

Prayers are with you all. God has gained a great lady. God bless you and give you comfort and peace.   Love from the Hartfield's 


If your mother was anything like you, she was joyful, enthusiastic and supremely talented.  The world is a little darker with her loss.  But she left us her children and grand children to spread the light.  Take care of each other in her absence.


Ann and your fans in Medicine


Dear Ardell and family,

I extend to you all my deepest sympathy on Judy's passing.  She sounds like a totally delightful woman, so it is my loss for only crossing paths with her a couple times long years ago.  What I have enjoyed, Ardell, is the look of absolute love glowing on your face whenever you would mention her these last 20 years since I returned home.  It has been great knowing you were so happy, old friend.  You all are held in my prayers as you continue on without her physical presence.  May God's love enfold you with peace and give comfort until you and Judy are reunited one day.  

Your friend since our Shaw School days,

Judy Aandahl Stelzig


I keep you in my prayers, as always.


Though we didn't know her well, Mrs. B. was always a pleasant helpmate to her husband, Mayor Brede.  To be in the public spotlight, as Rochester's "first lady" for 15 years,  couldn't have always been easy, yet Judy was always a positive presence who transcended politics and ably helped to represent the community, both in Minnesota and abroad. Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to Ardell & the Brede family as they move forward without her.  

Sending our deepest condolences from everyone at SJ Jewelers.

My sincere sympathy to you and your family. 

Our sincerest sympathy to Ardell and the Brede family and friends.  We have know Judy and Ardell for years as fellow Gopher Women's hockey fans. Their motivation to drive from Rochester for many if not most of the games was incredible.  Locker Sponsor is the highest donation level for the Power Play Club, the booster club for Gopher Women's Hockey. As a past president of the Power Play Club, I have seem most of the Locker Sponsor donations.  I doubt there is anyone who has been a Locker Sponsor for years!  Most years their Locker Sponsorship was for a player from southeastern Minnesota. We miss Judy!

Bob MIlligan and Sharon Danes

I'm so sorry to hear about Judy's death.

She was one of my favorites to take care of, she would say to me " oh, good it's you. "  when I'd get her ready in the morning. 

 She had beautiful smile and would look forward to see Ardle in the mornings for breakfast. 

My condolences to you and your family. 


Leisa Harris 

Cna at Madonna Towers. 





Ardell, Leslie, and Jennifer,

I would like to add my name to the many admirers of Judy.  She was such a delight, whether being a part of the campaign for Mayor, attending the many theater plays, or going on the many trips with Ardell.  I particularly remember the trip to Germany where we went to our sister city during Octoberfest.  I admired what a close knit family you all are as an example of love for one another.  Her ability to endure hardship with such a positive understanding of life in spite of physical failure.  She will always be in our hearts.  

With Love, Charlie Graham

So sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed you two at Michaels when you would come in , she was such a kind lady.

My sympathy to the whole family.


Ardell and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Judy’s death. She was a beautiful, joyful person and among many other things did a remarkable job of representing our City during your time as our mayor. My thoughts and prayers are with you. 

Dear Ardell and Family - Please accept my condolences on the passing of Judy. It is a hard truth that the price of love is the pain of loss. Your pain now is proof of the greatness of your love for Judy. May her memory be for a blessing. In time may you find peace. 

Words can not even begin to express our sadness at the loss of Judy. She  always greeted us with a smile, always remembered to ask about our family and grandsons. Liz especially will miss talking about the latest books they both read and the warm hugs she received each time their paths would cross. Judy was a very classy, loving woman, she made our little corner of the world a little bit better for knowing her. She will be truly missed.

I was so very sorry to hear of your wife's passing. She was well liked and respected in our community .

You have my deepest sympathy. 

We are so saddened by this heartbreaking news. We also feel very fortunate to have known and enjoyed Judy's delightful personality and joyous spirit. We send you our love and deepest condolences. 

Leslie and family,

Sending love and hugs your way.


Mark Leqve

My heart goes out to you for your loss.  I will always remember her as the “lady with the hat”.  You folks taught my (then tiny) Korean daughter to wink as you sat behind us in church at Bethel. 

Sadden to hear of Judys passing. I worked with her in RMH OR 11 for many years. She was a wonderful lady. My condolences to the Brady family. 

Ardell and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Be taking especially good care of yourselves as your new normal unfolds.


1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.


My deepest condolences Mr Mayor

 Our deepest sympathy to Ardell  in the rest of the family during this difficult time.  

Dear Ardell and family, we're so sorry to hear of Judy's passing today. She was such a very special lady, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Please know that you are in our thoughts. You actually have been in our thoughts a lot lately, as we miss having and seeing both of you at the Gopher Women's Hockey games. Hold each other close and treasure the memories of the wonderful woman who was the foundation of your family.

Ardell, Leslie, Jennifer and Scott, 

Judy was a joyful treasure in our lives. We totally appreciated her enthusiastic participation at Bethel Lutheran and her leadership in the “Loquacious” Couples Club. The “Twelfth Night”  Parties were annual highlights of legendary DELIGHT! Our years of travel with Ardell and Judy to The Guthrie Theater  that included some very fine Dining are still memories we cherish. Our prayers of Love surround each of you.

John and Eileen Quello