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Rochester's longtime first lady, Judy Brede, dies at 79

Mayor Brede spoke to KIMT less than a week ago saying his wife's health was a factor his decision not to run for re-election.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 4:34 AM
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 7:23 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester's first lady, Judy Brede, died Tuesday morning. 

Rochester Police Department confirmed the news in a Facebook post Tuesday night, saying:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mayor Ardell Brede and his family on the passing of Mayor Brede's beloved wife. Judy Brede passed away this morning at Madonna Towers, she was 79. Everyone who knows Mayor Brede knows the love and devotion he has for Judy. She will be missed and our collective hearts are heavy for Ardell and his family. Rest in Peace Judy."

Judy suffered with dementia and was living in hospice care at the end of her life. She and Mayor Brede were married for 57 years. 

Two visitations are scheduled to say goodbye. One is on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Macken Funeral Home. The second visitation is on Monday at 10am at Bethel Lutheran Church. The funeral is scheduled immediately after the second visitation on Monday at 11 a.m. 

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