Gwen Rene Brogmus, born James A. Brogmus September 7, 1945 passed at home on April 29, 2018. Cause of death : COPD. Gwen is survived by son James Matthew Brogmus, daughter Angela Jean (Collins) Brumbaugh; son-in-law Monte Brumbaugh; grandson Houston Brumbaugh; granddaughter Afton Kelly; partner of 20 years Denise Turgeon; step-son Owen Turgeon; and foster son Tyrique Caldwell.
Gwen grew up in Mendota Heights and graduated from Sibley High School in West Saint Paul in 1963. She held an AA degree from Inver Hills Community College, along with what she describes as (a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Interstate U.) She was a musician and played with local bands from 1960s-2000s. She worked as a newspaper reporter for several years during the 1970s. Worked as a bartender and nursing assistant and was a 20/year employee of Northwestern Bell/US West. In later years she drove school bus for Safeway Company of Inver Grove Heights.
Gwen looked on life as a journey of self-discovery and exploration. She loved animals and nature, children, music of many kinds, good science fiction, and talked with anyone who had ideas about life, the universe, and what might really be going on here.
Memorial service Friday - (May 4th) 11 am at Kessler & Maguire Funeral Home 640 W. 7th St. 651-224-2341. Visitation starting at 10 am.