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Mary Lou (McCabe) Bredeson

April 7, 1929 ~ August 22, 2020 (age 91)


Mary Lou Bredeson, age 91 of Blanchardville died on Saturday evening, August 22, 2020 at the Pleasant View Nursing home in Monroe.  She was born on April 7, 1929 to James & Ludell (McCarville) McCabe in Dodgeville at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She grew up in rural Hollandale and went to the Hollandale High School.  Mary Lou was married on February 1, 1947 to Melvin Bredeson in Blanchardville.  They lived in rural Blanchardville until the early 1950’s they moved to Rockford and Melvin worked in a foundry.  In the late 1950’s they moved back to Blanchardville and Melvin worked for Russell Hanson in the feed and fuel business.  In 1958 Melvin and Mary Lou bought the business which became Bredeson Feed and Fuel.  She also worked at Trumpy Cheese and Mid-Am Cheese.  She later worked at the Blanchardville Co-Op Oil Association convenience store in the deli, and did home-care work for several area residents.  She loved baking, and her cats.  She especially loved her grandchildren and family.


Mary Lou is survived by two children, Marilyn (Bart) Mandurano, and Marlin (Maureen) Bredeson, both of Blanchardville; four grandchildren, Lisa (Stan Stibbe) Fransen of Monroe, Michael (Monica) Fransen of Muskego, Erik (Becca) Bredeson of Mount Horeb, and Andrea Bredeson of Verona; five great-grandchilren, Tyler Fransen, Madison Fransen, Rachel Stibbe, Chace Bredeson and Alex O’brien; and one great-great grandchild, Ryah Stibbe.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Melvin who died on December 22, 1986.


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Services will be private due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A family prayer service will be held on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Blanchard Hall in Blanchardville.  Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Blanchardville.  Fr. Paul Eruva of the St. Isidore Parish will officiate.  Saether Funeral Service of Blanchardville is assisting the family.  Online memories and condolences and video messages can be shared with the family at www.saetherfuneralservice.com.

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