Josephine Palma Brueckman, age 87, died on June 20, 2021 at Samaritan Bethany in Rochester, Minnesota. Josephine was born on July 22, 1933 to parents Louis and Louise (Orefice) Del Medico in Hoboken, New Jersey. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated high school there and, after graduation, commuted to work in New York City.
On February 20, 1954, Josephine married Joseph Brueckman in New Jersey. The couple started their married life together in Buffalo, New York and then moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico and Grand Junction, Colorado in retirement. Josephine moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 2014.
Josephine accepted Jesus as her savior in her thirties and was active with church bible studies. In her free time, she enjoyed listening to music from Broadway musicals, Christian music and cooking delicious Italian meals, and socializing with friends and family. Josephine loved her dogs, was proud of her Italian heritage, and most importantly, she loved her family.
Josephine is survived by her daughter, Karen Reed (Thomas) of Forrest Falls, California, Janice Glinski (David) of Rochester, Minnesota and son Mark (Thu Le Tran) of Alameda, California, five grandchildren, Justin Reed (Lindsay), Angelica Reed, Stephanie Reed, Gregory Glinski, Christopher Glinski (Allison) and three great grandchildren, Ophelia Reed, Aiden Glinski, and Carter Glinski.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in Rochester, Minnesota. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving Josephine's family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"I?m so sorry for the loss of your mother. I considered Josephine a dear sweet friend and I?ll always remember her. She was a lovely lady. We first met in the Walmart and became fast friends. She loved her family most of all and talked about Jesus all the time. I?ll always remember her ?Frank Sinatra? story, she loved to tell that story and I loved hearing her tell it many times. She will be missed. ??"
"So sorry about the loss of your dear mother. We enjoyed celebrating Thanksgivings with her. She was a lovely, sweet woman who we will miss.
Steve and Felisa Lee"