In Memory

Allen Bredenfoerder

Allen loved teaching and was an excellent example of a great teacher.



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05/02/18 11:25 AM #1    

Ron Howorth

Recieved from Saundra (Sam) Lamb


Hi Everyone,
  Yesterday I received a heartfelt note from Allan Bredenfoerder’s wife. In case you did not have a chance to see Bev Bredenfoerder’s ( Allan’s sister-in-law) email to us last week, that Allan has passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 24th. His wife, Lin, sent the Obituary to share with all of you. 

  Allan and I both lived a few doors from each other in grade school in the Mariemont townhouses on Murray, and Plainville, across from the tennis courts. He played tennis and was on the Mariemont High School tennis team. You will also learn, when reading about Allan, that he also coached tennis. Allan and all of us had a great time playing in the allies behind our houses until the street lights came on. He was always smiling and had a great laugh. He was a very kind and gentle person. He for sure made a great contribution to the lives of the many he taught over the years and an important part of their lives. Many have emailed their sadness and how sorry they are, and said he was a wonderful guy. 
    He will be greatly missed, and we are so sorry and send his family our thoughts and prayers. 

  I am enclosing Lin’s email:
     the address we have at this time is: 185 Polkoff Road, Ashley Falls, MA 01222.

We were also sad and sorry to learn recently that Bob Tahse had passed away.. Possibly in 2015. He will also will be greatly missed and he had many gifts as well. We send his family our thoughts and prayers too. 

05/02/18 11:30 AM #2    

Ron Howorth

Allan Bredenfoerder

 died suddenly, at his home in Ashley Falls, MA April 24th.  Born in 1944, Mariemont, OH, son of the late Howard W. and Marguerite L. Bredenfoerder. Graduate of Mariemont high school, Wabash College, Crawfordsville IN and earned his Master’s degree at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He met his wife Lin Gaskell while working in a “coffeehouse ministry” in Falmouth MA, They married in 1968. He taught in the Cincinnati school system, Cincinnati Country Day School, Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA and Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT. In 2002 he received Berkshire’s Seaver Buck Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and was named Senior Master in 2005. He retired after 45 years of teaching but continued to tutor students in math. In his 37 years at Berkshire he taught math, chaired the department, coached boys’ tennis and worked with students in the outdoor program clearing trails, hiking, canoeing and building bridges and a replica of Thoreau’s cabin and was part of the Maple Syrup squad. He sang in the church choir and the Housatonics barbershop group. He was a member of the Lift & Lunch Crunch Bunch at Berkshire South Community Center. He spent hours in the garden filling it with vegetables because, “you can’t eat flowers.” He was devoted to his family, especially to his four grandchildren who all benefitted from his calm, steady presence and his ability to help them with their math homework.  

 He is survived by his wife Lin; son Mark A. Bredenfoerder and wife Mary of Tolland, MA; daughter Karen Blodgett of Great Barrington; grandchildren Samantha and Ryan Bredenfoerder and Connor and Sierra Blodgett. A memorial service will be held at 1st Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA, May 19th at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception in the parish room of the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berkshire School, Sheffield MA, the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Great Barrington, MA or The Marfan Foundation, Finnerty and Stevens funeral home, Great Barrington, MA is in charge of arrangements.

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