November 14, 1949 – October 31, 2019
Susan Carol (Bredow) Lindner, 69, of Woodbury, passed away peacefully on October 31 , 2019, at her home from metastatic breast cancer after a long and courageous battle. She was born on November 14, 1949, in Waterloo, IA, to Vernon and Shirley Bredow.
Susan graduated from West High School in Waterloo, IA and from Iowa State University with a degree in Education. She later moved to Minnesota where she met her husband (Fred) of 42 years. They lived in Switzerland for several years before settling in Woodbury. Susan worked in the Woodbury school systems for many years.
Susan enjoyed a full and blessed l ife, teaching elementary students, raising two sons, traveling the world, and later joining the snowbird community in Arizona. Being with family and close friends brought Susan tremendous joy. Susan always dedicated time for her children and grandchildren. She was blessed with several long lasting, close friendships that saw her through to the end.
Susan is survived by her husband (Fred) and two sons Jeff (Jenny) and Kevin (Lindsay) and five grandchildren, and brother Tim (Kate) Bredow.
A funeral service will be held at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Woodbury on November 9, 2019, at 11:15am. Visitation will precede the service, starting at 10:30am at the church. Lunch will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Susan will be deeply missed by her family and many others she has touched.
- American Cancer Society
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 9, 2019
Keith & Nancy Moore
November 6, 2019
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family, Fred. You were such warm and wonderful neighbors to us for 26 years. I will always remember Sue's bright, sunny smile and happy disposition. She was such a kind-hearted person and I am blessed to have known her. May God's peace be with you and your sons during this sad time.
Blessings to you all,
Nancy & Keith Moore
November 5, 2019
Sue was one of my closest friends for 44 years, ever since we met when we worked at Research, Inc. in Eden Prairie. I was a bridesmaid in her wedding in Waterloo, Iowa. My husband (also named Fred, which we kidded each other about all of the time!) and I enjoyed celebrating Sue and Fred's 40th anniversary a few years ago. Sue and I had so many fond memories of friendship together, and I will miss her forever.......
November 3, 2019
Fred, We are so saddened and will miss Sue. She was such a nice person and you have both been such wonderful neighbors. The years have passed too quickly and you and Sue have meant a lot to us over the years. Sue and I shared our love of gardening and we always had a good time at the garage sales and meeting so many of your good friends.
You and your sons and their families are in our prayers at this difficult time.
Judy & John Rys
November 3, 2019
Later on, when our mother, Shirley Bredow, was starting to have trouble with her memory, we convinced her to move to Minnesota also. Susan was instrumental in finding her a nice town home nearby. Susan was a loving, concerned daughter and care giver to our mom, making sure she always had the best care.
Susan had surgery for breast cancer and told only a few about her subsequent treatment. She did not want to bother anyone about it, as she always said she felt fine. Eventually, she shared it with extended family and friends. Along the journey, Fred learned and very skillfully provided the treatments Susan needed so she could be at home.
She and Fred purposed to spend time with their family and friends. The last few months brought her the most physical pain, many precious moments as family and friends spent time with her and were able to express their love and concern for her. Even in the midst of her pain, as she took ice chips, she voiced concern that those visiting might like a refreshment.
She was my older sister, but in addition to that she was an excellent aunt to my children Andrea, Ben and Caroline, a sister-in-law- my wife Kate, a beloved daughter to my mom, a loving wife to Fred and mom to Jeff and Kevin. She loved being a grandma to her five grandkids and followed closely Facebook posts of my grandkids, also.
I was blessed to have you as my big sister who cared for and looked out for me.
November 3, 2019
Our mom (Shirley), Kate and I and daughter (Andrea) got to visit Susan and Fred when Andrea was two years old. Susan and Fred hosted us and traveled with us throughout Europe. Fred knew all of the best places to see and we enjoyed Europe as no other regular tourist could do. On the way into Italy, border security was on high alert due to a political murder. Fred’s understanding of the political situation and knowing they would scrutinize anyone traveling in a VW van did not wish us to be detained. We traveled to a small mountain border town where the border was not busy and security was quick to see we were not terrorists, even though we were in a VW van. Way to go Fred! I was able to visit them one other time on the way back from a mission trip I was on with the Navigators to Nigeria. So, we were able to keep in touch even when Susan was living on a different continent.
Later on they moved back to the states and bought a home in Woodbury, MN. Fred continued to work for 3M, and Susan took up work for the Woodbury schools. I had just been looking for a new job and was travelling to northern MN to see about a position. We stopped in to visit Susan and Fred. Fred and Susan suggested I talk to some people at 3M while I was there. My thought was “What am I going to do, sell Post It notes”? I had no idea that 3M was involved in all sorts of medical devices. Fred enlightened me and took me into 3M and introduced me to several managers who he knew. It wasn’t long before I was working at 3M in the same division as Fred. Susan and Fred showed Kate and I around Woodbury and we ended up buying a house just two blocks away from them. The cousins got to grow up running around together in the same neighborhood, when on walks we would stop by to visit, and always shared holidays and special events together.
November 3, 2019
Fast forward to our college years. Susan went to Wartburg College, a small Lutheran college in Waverly, Iowa. The college was founded by our great-great grandfather Pastor Grossman. He married Great great grand mother Emily Bredow and that’s how we are related to the college. She missed out on a special Bredow- related kids scholarship that was funded by great aunt Dena Bredow of New York, by a couple of years but enjoyed the school anyway. Feeling comfortable with the rigors of the college studies, she decided to venture out to a University, Iowa State University, to complete her studies. Being a loyal little brother, I followed her to Ames, Iowa and also enrolled at ISU. Freshman year for me was full of assignments that had to be typed. My fast typing sister made time to type up my papers for me. Thanks a bunch sis! Susan graduated and moved to Iowa Falls, a small rural Iowa town, and taught middle school science classes. Teaching was in her genes as our father, Vernon Bredow, was a junior high math teacher.
It wasn’t long before she decided she wanted to try big city living and made the move to Minnesota. Kate’s sister, Ann lived in the cities and was working at 3M and became acquainted with Fred. She knew a beautiful sweet young Iowa girl who had recently moved to the twin cities and a nice young man who had ventured across the ocean to continue his career with 3M. She thought Fred might like to get acquainted with a tall, beautiful, blond girl from Iowa. In fact, he did, and they married. Fred swept Susan off to live in Switzerland, where Susan got to know Fred’s welcoming family. He showed her the sites of Europe and she would talk of their travels. They were great at keeping in touch, the old-fashioned way, with letters, sending audio tapes with stories and greetings, and even international long distance telephone calls. They did it at a time when it wasn’t so easy to communicate with cell phones as they were not invented yet.
November 3, 2019
Susan was my big sister, my only sister, and she looked out for her one and only little brother. We grew up in an industrial Iowa town that prospered because of the war effort. Our neighbor hood was made up of post war baby boomer families and on our city block we had 72 kids to play with. Our dad called the street we lived on fertile valley. Susan’s lifelong friend Sandra Spragle (Haren) lived 5 doors up the hill from our cozy little house. Once, a disagreement broke out between two neighborhood kids and Susan and me. I took the brunt of the argument, being the littlest, and Susan came to my rescue by running home, fetching a frying pan and putting an end to the fight with a big bang. Wow what a sister!
As we grew older we enjoyed going on family vacations together. Our father was a high school math teacher and he had the summers off so we would pack up the family car and go on long road trips across the United States camping in our four-man canvas tent. We enjoyed several trips to many national parks on our trips to California, Florida, and Colorado in the family Chevy station wagon. Susan and I got along reasonably well on these trips playing games together that included listing different states license plates, car bingo and other non- electronic games.
Art and Linda-Sue House
November 2, 2019
Sue was a neighbor of ours in Arizona so we didn’t know her as long as many people did, BUT all the time we spent with her was quality time. She was genuine, kind and a gentle lady who always had a smile on her face and enjoyed a good laugh. We will miss her friendly smile and good sense of humor. Wishing the very best to Fred and their family during this very difficult time in their lives.
Diana and Ron Johnson
November 2, 2019
We have been friends with Sue since Jeff and Kevin were little and we were Cub Scout co-leaders. I relied on Sue's wonderful teaching skills of patience and creativity to keep the boys engaged. With Fred, Sue loved to find new places to explore in Arizona. Ron and I have many happy memories of excursions and hiking adventures together. She delighted in finding the early wildflowers or cactus blossoms. Sue's upbeat and enthusiastic approach to life was contagious and we will miss her so very much.
November 2, 2019
As a childhood friend of Sue’s son Kevin, I spent A LOT of time at the Lindner household. Their home was always filled with warmth, care, and love. It was a place I always felt welcomed. I remember Sue making pancakes and other things for breakfast for us when we finally awoke. Her laugh is something I can still hear now. God bless the Lindner family during this time. Praying for you all.
November 1, 2019
Sue was a friend you could count on. We had many fun times shopping (she loved shopping), going to lunch or a movie. Mark and I have many fond memories of times spent with Sue and Fred. Sue will be missed greatly.