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1935 James 2019

James Broede

September 11, 1935 — March 6, 2019

Forest Lake

James (Jim) Broede, passed away at his home in Forest Lake on March 5, 2019. He was 83.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Broede; son, Jack Meline; grandson, Josh Meline and his parents, EG and Blanche Gruner.  He is survived by his beloved fiancé, Maria Cristina Sedda; sister Barbara Berg; stepdaughter, Marianne Meline Johnson (Robert); granddaughters, Erikka Anderson, Brittany Kelly, and grandsons, Ryan Kelly, Cory Bratts; great grandchildren, Oliver, Emma, and Ava Anderson, Savannah and Amelia Kelly; nephews Steven Berg, Jason Broede; nieces, Stephanie Schulz, Kelly Broeckel, and Traci Morland.  Jim was the quintessential newspaperman. He reported the news, was a feature writer and columnist for decades at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and with the Forest Lake Times.  He was a photographer. A rationalist. A traveler. A humorist.  Always thinking hard on how to be a better human being, while searching the mysteries of life.  Many folks in Forest Lake remember the devoted husband walking his beloved wife Jeanne on four-mile daily walks in her wheel chair around the lake in summer, fall, and throughout the winter into spring. Somebody should have made a movie!  Jim simply proclaimed he was “a romantic idealist, a spiritual free thinker, a political liberal, a lover, a dreamer.”  Read more at

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 15, 2019  at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Minnesota Alzheimer Association in memory of Jeanne.

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