Brenda Hodgman

Brenda Dee Hodgman

Tuesday, August 30th, 1960 - Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Brenda Hodgman, 59, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 25, 2020.

She was born August 30, 1960, to John G. Nedeau, Sr. and Rosalie (Clifford) Nedeau of Meredith, NH and was a graduate of Inter-Lakes High School, Class of 1978.

Brenda was a fun-loving, vibrant person, who gave all of herself to her family, friends and jobs. She had worked over the years at E. M. Heath's Supermarket and October Farm Market, both in Meredith, Dunkin' Donuts in Meredith and Belmont. Until her passing, she worked the last 22 years at the Tilton School where she had a great rapport with the students whom she missed dearly these last few months.

She is survived by her loving husband Ervin Hodgman, her mother Rosalie Nedeau of Meredith; brothers John Nedeau, Jr. of Cancun, Mexico, and David Nedeau and wife Birgit of Sandwich; sisters Rosemary Nedeau and Karen Waldron of Meredith; Diane Copp and husband Roger, and Deanne Lear and husband Ben, all of Moultonborough. Her stepsons, Samuel and Jonathan; grandchildren Cameron, Charlotte and Rebekah; mother-in-law Hazel Hodgman; brother-in-law Archie; She was known as "Aunt Bubby" to all of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew. She is survived as well by numerous aunts. uncles, cousins, and friends.

Brenda was predeceased by her father, John Nedeau, Sr. in 2010 and brother-in-law Jerry Waldron in 1996, and her beloved dog Cody.

As quoted from her nieces:
You were always the funniest person in the room, and quick with a joke or story that would have us all crying with laughter. You showed us all exactly what it meant to dance like nobody is watching, and when someone would ask you why you did something or about one of your thousand collectibles, you would simply reply with "because it brings me joy." This world needs so many more people like you in it. You taught us how to be proud of who we are and where we come from; to be ourselves, for which we will always be grateful. “We love you Aunt Bubby.”
"Our lives are better left to chance, I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance."

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, services will be private. She will be laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, between her father, John, and grandfather, Harry Nedeau, Sr.

The family asks that to honor Brenda's memory that you do a random act of kindness as she lived her life doing thousands of acts of kindness for those around her. She will be tremendously missed by all who knew her.
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    Oakland Cemetery
    Meredith Center Road
    Meredith, NH 03253
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Private Condolence

Julie Caldwell

Posted at 01:35pm
Brenda has been such a positive presence at Tilton School, always looking out for the students, faculty/staff, as well as my family. Brenda and I started working at Tilton School around the same time (20+ years) ago, and over the years we have have shared many laughs, meaningful conversations, and life events. I will always remember my summers working with her and the rest of the Housekeeping crew when the GRC groups were on campus. I will always remember catching up with Brenda at the pool, where she would "dip her toes", and regularly be surrounded by family and friends. I will always remember when I visited her apartment on campus and got to explore her many collectibles and sentimental trinkets. I will always remember the notes and treats that she would leave for the kids in the dorms, looking out for them while they were away from their families. I will always remember what a big help she has been for me with the behind the scenes preparations for Community Service Day and other special events. I will always remember her passing on lost & found items at the end of the summer to keep my girls clothed and in style. I will always remember how she looked our for her crew and shared lively conversations with them around the dining hall table. I will always remember how excited she was to marry Ervin and take on his last name. I will always remember her empathy and support when my father passed in October. I will always remember the last time I saw her, cruising around on the golf cart, taking care of business, but still able to pause and catch up after several weeks of quarantine. I am so incredibly sad, and will miss Brenda very much. My condolences to Ervin, and to all of Brenda's extended family. Brenda was a kind soul, and I am blessed to have known her, and to be able to count her as one of my friends.


Posted at 01:24pm
Brenda, I will always remember you as an incredibly kind woman who always took an interest in how my boys were doing? I loved going into your office and seeing the wall of all the newborn faculty children who knew by name. I am saddened for your family's and our community's loss. You will be greatly missed. May God hold you in his hands evermore.


Posted at 05:26pm
Brenda was a special kind of woman. everyone loved her and will miss her forever. this was sad news for me we lost contact years ago but i never forgot all the good times we had at Liz's home. RIP Brenda

Jeffery Cote

Posted at 09:58am
Brenda was one of the happiest people I knew, I worked closely with her over the last 7 months and learned a lot from her. I looked to her for advice in life situations and she was always happy to help in any way she could. We had a lot in common she used to have the first and last name of my mother and we always joked about that as she would say "You watch it or I'll tell your mother", she will forever be missed by us who worked for her. She cared very much for everyone around her and would put everyone at ease especially through difficult times. She will forever be in my heart!

Kate Saunders

Posted at 07:34pm
Brenda was one of the kindest people we had on campus. She would always take a moment to have a sincere conversation with students, faculty and staff. She made me so happy when we would meet early in the mornings on Plimpton. I loved it when she would send a little note to help a colleague in a quiet way - she always had good intentions. Brenda understood the heartbeat of campus and could see the truth. She has such a special soul. I am grateful to have served Tilton with her.

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