Mom and Dad...
Judi Ann Broste
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 26, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    Edmonds, Washington, United States
  • Date of passing: May 20, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Haines, Alaska, United States
Make sure you are good to one another

Judi Broste was many things... Strong woman, loving wife, devoted mother, joyful grandmother, fierce friend... the list is long and full. It sometimes included words like "stubborn" and "private" and even "bitchy" on occasion (she took pride in being what she called a "good bitch,") and probably never included words like "quiet" or "meek"...

At least I never heard that used to describe her...

As her only child I feel it is my duty to see that Judi was remembered in a way that she would approve of...

Of course, if I were to keep to the letter of that sentiment, this website would NEVER see the light of day. So instead I hope I can at least create something that she won't come haunt me for. If I do it right, it will be inspirational, and funny... poignant, and funny... heartwarming, and funny... are you catching the trend here??

Mom was, though she would have probably denied it, a really good story teller. She could carry the lions share of a phone conversation for a good couple of hours just getting you caught up with her comings and goings.

And so, I want this site to be ALL ABOUT THE STORIES!!

I intend to fill the online pages of this site with my favorites... Stories that taught me, stories that scolded me, stories that inspired me, stories that I repeated while I raised my own daughter! And I truly hope all that stop by to remember Judi will add a story of their own. Memories are all we have of her now... Let's enjoy them together!

For those who wanted to see the Obituary that was written in the Chilkat Valley News where She and Bill lived, it is excerpted below:

Judi Broste, 68, died at home May 20 of colon cancer. Her husband Bill was at her side.

She enjoyed designing and building their retirement home and garden, her two Rag Doll cats and Siberian husky Nome, riding her bike on Lutak Road, and fishing. She played the harp, knitted Aran and Norwegian sweaters, and was a gourmet cook.

"Although she would never call herself a gourmet," said son Todd.

Broste was an energetic, private person who spent most of her time with her husband. "Bill was such a good partner. They worked well together. They really were one," said friend Linda Palmer.

When Broste learned that Palmer kept a custom-made interior door for 25 years, waiting to own the right house to put it in, her reaction was, "Oh heaven's sake, let's just put it in here," Palmer said. "Judi decided that door would be installed in my house and within hours she and Bill had it done," she said.

Palmer said she would miss her friend's organized, can-do, strong-willed ways. "We couldn't have a difference of opinion. If we had a question about anything, she'd go right to her computer and look it up," Palmer said.

Broste kept detailed journals on  topics from cooking to pet care. In her garden journal she followed plantings from seed catalog copy to maturity. "Judi was into organic everything and trying new things," said friend Helen Turner.

Broste ground wheat for her bread, and when she made lemon curd, gave some to Turner's husband Don because she knew he loved lemons, Helen said. "She was very giving.  Judi was a wonderful woman."

Judith Weedman was born in Seattle, Feb. 26, 1946 to Annabelle Weedman. She attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle until her father was transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Base. There, Judy discovered she had enough credits to graduate. In winter of 1964, "as rapidly as she could, she packed a bag, and caught a train to L.A.," Bill Broste said.

She landed a secretarial job in about three days. She met Cal Tech student Bill Broste in Pasadena. "We had our first date Nov. 19, 1965, were engaged Dec. 8, and wed Mother's Day, May 8, 1966. When you find your soul mate, you don't deny it," he said.

They settled in Los Alamos, where Judy worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 28 years, eventually managing the lab's 15,000-telephone system's database and related security software and training. "Judy was always independent and smart. She didn't have any degrees but that didn't slow her down. She enjoyed her work, she did it well, but she worked to live, she didn't live to work," Bill said.

The Brostes came to Alaska in 1991 on a 25th anniversary camping trip. In 1994 they bought land and began building a home here.

There will be no public memorial service. Family and friends will scatter her ashes on Lutak Inlet.

Judi Broste leaves husband Bill of Haines and son Todd, his wife Meg, and granddaughter Ashlynn Broste of Wasilla

 (c) Chilkat Valley News May 29, 2014 | Volume 44, Number 21

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sue Hanson on 20th May 2016

"Still miss you Judi!  I think about you often and talk about you too!
(Judi, your ears must be burning up in heaven.)
I'm so glad you were a part of my life and I have so many wonderful
memories of my friendship with you!
your friend forever, Susie Brown Hanson"

This tribute was added by Jody Stricker on 19th October 2015

"I had the pleasure of meeting my cousin only once a few years ago when she stopped by our farm in Nebraska on their way back to Alaska. How exciting it was to finally meet her and what a character she was. We only spent a few hours together but I learned quickly what a free spirit she was.. in that time she pretty much told me her life story and what a story it was! I immediately seen the family resemblance. So thankful though that she chose to take the time to stop and meet me and my sister.  I will always cherish the time we did spend together. Rest in peace dear Judi."

This tribute was added by Al Batt on 18th November 2014

"It was always a treat to encounter Judi after long trips from Minnesota to Haines. She never failed to brighten my day. I'm so glad that I knew her."

This tribute was added by Angie Scott on 30th May 2014

"I had the pleasure to meet Judi and from the first day on she was a friend too me and also too my neighbors the italian cooks......I am totaly shocked, because I thought she had overcome cancer and live and enjoy her life with the love of her life at the wonderful lake......Judi you where one of the kindest person I ever met in my life and was such a honor too met you. RIP you wonderful loving person. Send from Stuttgart Germany , Angie her former Nailtechnician"

Leave a Tribute:
Invite your family and friends
to visit this memorial:

Subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when others contribute to this memorial.

This memorial is administered by:

Todd Broste


Have a suggestion for us?

We are waiting for your feedback!