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Saturday October 23rd, 2021
10:00am - 1:00pm

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Barbara A Bredow

Barbara “Barb” A. Bredow (Fretz) passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the age of 92. She was born on January 27, 1929, in Newberry, Michigan the daughter of Merle and Anna Fretz (Morrill). On October 25, 1958, she married the love of her life William H. Bredow, together they raised three sons. She was a Plainwell resident for 50 years. She is preceded in her passing by her parents, husband, and her siblings: Alice Otto, Mary Lee Heinz, and William Fretz; Left to cherish her loving memory are her sons: Roger (Janice), Allan, and Mark (Valerie); grandchildren: Will, Tyler, Sophie, Lily, Emma, and Isaac; and many nieces and nephews. Barb was an alumni of the University of Michigan’s Nursing Program and later in life received her Bachelor’s of Science from Western Michigan University. She was a nurse at Pipp Hospital and Fontbonne Manor. She enjoyed music, golf, genealogy, and spending time with her friends. In accordance with the family’s wishes a public time of visitation will be held at McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St, Plainwell, Michigan 49080, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Barbara will be laid to rest with William on a later date. Memorials made in Barbara’s memory may be directed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. While visiting Barbara’s tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Bredow family is being assisted by McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St, Plainwell, Michigan 49080. 269-685-5881

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My sympathies to the family.

Herb Ayres Oct 31 2021 8:11 AM

Al, Thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this difficult time

Greg Atherton Oct 25 2021 12:12 PM

Al, I am so sorry for your loss. I send my prays and thoughts to you and your family. Kevin Blazejewski

Kevin Blazejewski Oct 25 2021 11:54 AM

Barb was a remarkable aunt and a most fun and loving babysitter when I was young. She modeled strength of character, the kindness of humanity and the courage of individuality. Barb was a straight shooter with an intelligent wit that often let you know she was listening and saw behind outward appearances. I viewed her as always standing on the side of rightness with a deep desire to share goodness. She displayed fierce integrity. The best role model any child or adult could have. She and I had a very special bond and I loved her dearly. When I returned to Michigan, we were able to have many heart-to-heart talks about past times, present times, and creating good times. I was so fortunate to have had her in my life. A wonderful person who radiated warmth to those in the space around her. I will miss her. Meg Otto

meg Otto Oct 22 2021 10:53 AM

She lived behind us for around 15 years and we barely knew her, but she always greeted us warmly on our trick or treat rounds each fall. Condolences to the familyLisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson Oct 20 2021 4:36 PM

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John VanHare Oct 20 2021 10:16 AM

Im so sorry to hear this Roger, our heartfelt condolences go out to you and the family. :pray:

John Van Hare Oct 20 2021 10:15 AM

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Oct 20 2021 8:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Bredow

Carolyn Jordan Oct 19 2021 7:26 PM

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