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Celebration of Life to be held summer of 2018


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Des Moines


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3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
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Stacy Bredbeck A ray of sunshine and a bundle of energy passed away March 3, 2018 after continued health issues. Stacy Diana Bredbeck, 57, led a full and robust life. A small memorial service was held the following day for family and close friends. A celebration of Stacy’s life will be held this summer.

Stacy was born July 27, 1960 to Lloyd and Marilyn Peterson in Des Moines, IA. She graduated with honors from Roosevelt High School in 1978 and the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Stacy married her college sweetheart in 1983 and the couple moved to central Illinois. In 1985 they moved to Portland, OR where their son, Johnathan was born and back to Des Moines in 1993. Stacy worked as an editor for a weekly paper while in Portland and advanced her career as Vice President for a health care company overseeing many clinics. In Des Moines, Stacy was a stay at home Mom to her three boys and very active in PTA at Windsor Elementary serving as PTA President and also in that role for the citywide PTA. In 2006 she began a much-loved career with Iowa Methodist Hospital in the Spiritual Care area.

Stacy was the kind of person who always went above and beyond in everything she did and in how she cared for others. She was far-sighted, thought of every detail, and was full of compassionate and well-placed advice. Stacy was devoted to her family delighting in each person’s unique qualities. She enjoyed music, journaling, travel and was a voracious reader. She was also a renowned party planner and loved entertaining.

Known for her witty, wry, and sometimes mischievous sense of humor, she lightened every situation while offering perceptive insights and guidance. She was tireless in her service to others and was a treasured friend, sister, and mother.

It is with heartfelt gratitude that her family acknowledges the medical team at Iowa Methodist Hospital and the loving care and support given by Eric Johnson, friends, and staff of the Sprititual Care department.

She is survived by her parents, Lloyd and Marilyn Peterson; husband, Daniel Bredbeck; sons, Jonathan (Samantha), Michael and Connor Bredbeck; her sisters, Heidi (Pat) Baschnagel and Julie Peterson; and her extended family members.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Stacy. Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.