Epiphany School students mourn loss of ‘Miss B’

| September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments


At a school pep fest last Friday, the associate principal at Epiphany School in Coon Rapids, known as “Miss?B,” wore her usual outfit — pink wig, pink feathered boa and large, pink sunglasses.

She was using the getup to pump up the students for the Marathon for Nonpublic Education. It was a tactic she used many times throughout her nearly 20 years at the school.

It turns out, that was the last time the 500-plus students were able to watch the “Lady in Pink.” On Monday morning, Sept. 24, associate principal Pat Bredenkamp experienced chest pains and died shortly after calling 911. She was 59.

The next day, principal Laurie Jennrich called for an all-school Mass to pay tribute to the long-time administrator who did a variety of jobs to keep the school going, including substitute teaching when needed.

“We’re just all saddened. It’s just a tremendous loss for our whole school community,”?Jennrich said. “She loved Epiphany. She was very proud of the school. When I would give tours, she would tell families, ‘Although I have no children of my own, I have 520 that I take care of every day here.’”

After Tuesday’s Mass, the students and teachers made a giant cross on the floor in the gym as a tribute to Bredenkamp. The gesture was suggested to Jennrich by a first-grader before Mass. And, other children are joining in with ways to honor “Miss B.”

“Our students are making banners and signs and they’re decorating her office,”?Jennrich said. “We just miss her. . . . How do we move forward from here? She was just a vital part of the school. She just did so much and has been here for so long.”

The funeral will be held at Epiphany Church at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, with a visitation for one hour beforehand. There also will be a wake at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel in Coon Rapids on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. The address is 1827 Coon Rapids Boulevard N.W.

For more information, visit http://www.epiphanyschoolmn.org.

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