Robert Francis Brodersen

May 11, 2024

Robert Francis Brodersen

Robert “Bob” Francis Brodersen was born on November 14, 1938, to Lola & Byron Brodersen in Newton, IA. He and his brother, Carroll, were accustomed to farm work, and time spent with grandparents, Elta & Arie DePenning, Mamie Dale & Elmer Brodersen, and his Uncle Wilbur Brodersen. Bob graduated from Monroe High School in 1957. He participated in football, track and multiple plays. He attended college in Pella, IA at Central College majoring in Art. His mentor, Dr. Larry Mills, was influential in his career as a potter. He completed his Master of Arts at the University of Iowa, His students were drawn to his personality and character. He served as a mentor to many artists throughout his lifetime. In 1968, after moving to Chanhassen MN, his daughter Susan was born. He taught at the University of Minnesota, worked with private students and served as “chief grunt” at Brodersen pottery. In 1974 he relocated to Wisconsin, where he was a resident for 50 years.

Bob’s creativity was evident in every aspect of his life, as was the functionality of his art. He made his pottery to be used. He also did beautiful masonry work, building fireplaces and kilns. He traveled and taught in Mexico. He was passionate about politics and was a supporter of the Democratic Party. In later years he traveled to China to help build schools. His home was his own unique design and was filled with art created by his many friends. He believed in hard work, and he lived his life as independently as possible. He planted a grove of apple trees and was known for his homemade bread and pesto made from garden grown garlic and basil. Spring was his favorite season and every year he practiced monarch conservation. He provided a loving home for many pups and rescued kittens.

His wit & humor was evident in his poetry which he delivered with his big, soft, round voice. He was named poet laureate of Dunn County by “Arts People” in western Wisconsin in the early 80′s. He loved Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and Leonard Cohen. He had a natural ability to connect with others and people were drawn to him. He always welcomed friends and family, happy to share a glass of “Old Crow” and sit out under the stars and point out the constellations. He had many close friendships throughout the years. His laugh was hearty and full, and sure to make one smile. If you were fortunate to visit him in his home, you could be sure that he would walk you to your car at the end of the evening. Bob died in his home May 11, 2024, surrounded by his partner Jeanne, dear friends Heidi, Patti, Lynn, Fizz, and his daughter Susan. He is survived by his partner Jeanne Friedell; daughter Susan Garro, four grandchildren Ben & Zaiah Garro, Brody & Ana Garro, Bert & Katelinn Garro, and Beth & Dillon Mendoza and ten great grandchildren: Lucas, Jeremiah, Noah, Carter, Cooper, Mavrick, Madilinn, August, Amora & Amias; his brother Carroll & Julie, niece Jill & Kent Brown, nephew Joel & Leanne Brodersen, great nieces & nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2024 from 1 – 5pm at Kyote’s Den Bar & Grill, E2339 WI-29, Menomonie, WI 54751. Please consider a donation to support one of Bob’s beloved hobbies, Monarch Butterfly Conservation: