Jeffrey E. Bredenberg
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Jeffrey Ellis Bredenberg, 56, a former newspaper editor who later wrote and edited books, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, of glioblastoma, a brain tumor, at his home in Oreland, PA.
He completed two books after his diagnosis in September 2007.
A native of Raleigh, NC, he got his first newspaper job at age 16 working as a copy boy and then copy editor for the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. He then worked for newspapers in Fort Myers, FL, Burlington, VT, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, and Wilmington, DE. He worked for the News Journal in Wilmington as an assistant managing editor from 1988 to 1994. During that time, he redesigned the newspaper and supervised various newsroom departments.
In 1994, he joined the book division of Rodale Press in Emmaus, PA, rising to the rank of managing editor. In 1998, he became vice president for content for the Internet health portal, based in Blue Bell, Pa. Since 2002, he had worked as a freelance writer and editor of books and articles (
During his career, he wrote, edited, or otherwise contributed to more than 25 books. His most recent releases were a how-to series, How to Cheat at Cleaning, How to Cheat at Organizing, How to Cheat at Home Repair, and How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work (
He appeared frequently in print articles, online, and on television. His TV appearances included “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” and “The Today Show—Weekend Edition.”
Jeff graduated from Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh in 1972. His higher education was a patchwork affair, including a year at North Carolina State University and classes at Edison Community College in Fort Myers, FL, the University of Vermont in Burlington, and Temple University.
He met his wife, Stacey Burling, at the Rocky Mountain News, where he worked as an editor and she was a reporter. They married in 1988 in Denver.
He frequently participated in events at his sons’ Cub and Boy Scout troops, volunteered with the youth group at BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and rarely missed his sons’ soccer or baseball games or band concerts.
He is survived by his wife; sons Adam and Colin; his mother, Gladys Bredenberg, of Raleigh; and his brother and sister-in-law, Alfred and Virginia Bredenberg, of Raleigh. His father, Paul Bredenberg, a retired philosophy professor at North Carolina State University, died in November 2009.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2010, at BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2040 Street Rd., Warrington, PA 18976.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, East Coast Office, 124 Watertown St., Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472.
Published in The News & Observer on Mar. 5, 2010.
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March 6, 2010
To Jeff's family,
I was fortunate to meet Jeff when he was a book editor for Rodale Press. I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff was so unassuming, so smart, and had a terrific sense of humor. He was a newspaper person through and through--fair and interested in everything...even writing science fiction! You are in my thoughts.
Sari Harrar
March 5, 2010
Stacy, Colin,Adam,Aunt Gladys,Alfred and Virginia

Though he is not here on earth anymore his spirit will live in all of us. He touched everyone he met with his wonderful sense of humor. You are all in my prayers during this very sad time.
Lee Rafferty
March 5, 2010
Stacy & family, Aunt Gladys, Al & Virginia:
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Jeff's spirit will live on in all our hearts. I will think of him every time I read a hint or tip, and after hearing a recording made of his sermon at his Unitarian church earlier this year, I will think of him every time I see Cracker Jack's. His message "How to Cheat Death" - with his trademark sense of humor, is precious. Love to all - Jan
Janice Karnes
March 5, 2010
To the Bredenbergy family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Jeff was a wonderful man. May your memories bring you comfort.
~The Donofry Family
March 5, 2010
To the Bredenberg family:
Jeff was in my Spanish III class at Broughton High School. I just remember him being so intelligent and even then a wonderful writer! My prayers go out to his wife, children and the rest of his family. His memory will certainly be eternal.
God Bless all of you,
Sheila (Hobbs) Warrick
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