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of Buffalo, MN

March 6, 1942 – April 25, 2024


Saturday, April 27, 2024

one hour prior to the service

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN

Memorial Service

Saturday, April 27, 2024

10:00 a.m.

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN

Service will be livestreamed at the following link

Livestream Services


Swedish Mission Cemetery – Buffalo, MN

Judith Annette Schuster of Buffalo, Minnesota passed away peacefully into the arms of her dear Savior on Thursday, April 25th, 2024, at home in the presence of her loved ones.

Judith was born on March 6th, 1942, at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the oldest daughter of Harold and Vivian Thompson. She spent her childhood years residing in their home in Buffalo, Minnesota. By God’s grace, she received Jesus as her Lord and Savior and enjoyed many years of walking with him through various trials and joys. From a young age her adventurous, musical, and artistic spirit was evident. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1960. She was united in marriage to Wayne Nelson on May 20th, 1961.  Out of this union three daughters were born. Together they raised their daughters, Laurie, Diane, and Kathryn building countless memories taking care of animals on their hobby farm, gardening, hunting, fishing, and camping. Judith loved to share her musical gifts with others and as a family they ministered at churches and nursing homes.

After the untimely passing of her husband Wayne, she met and later married Edwin Schuster on September 17th, 1988. Utilizing her creative gifts, she worked as an activity director for a local nursing home and assisted living. She passionately poured into the lives of the residents she worked with. She loved to share her gift of creative writing with others, later authoring a book series. It was at this time that Judith became a grandmother, known to all as Bama. As a lover of life and new experiences, it gave her joy in creating memories and spending quality time with her grandchildren and later great-grandchildren.

Judith cared deeply for those around her and spent countless hours praying with and for her family and friends. She made a lasting impact on the lives of her family, friends, and anyone she met with her huge smile, hugs, and effervescent joy. She loved her Savior and desired that all would come to know and experience the sweetness of walking with Jesus. She will be forever missed until we meet again.

Judith is survived by her daughters: Laurie (John) Fields, Diane (Roger) Ruhr, Kathryn (Fritz) Voss; her grandchildren: Anna (Donald) Linnemeyer, Melissa (Brian) Bocan, Michael (Megan) Fields, Jennifer (Steven) Freund, Kristin (Jon) Schottler, Sandra (Luke) Fung, Stephen (Amanda) Ruhr, Wayne (Taylor) Voss, Matthew (Abby) Ruhr, Mark (Lauren) Voss, Katya Fields, Marie (Christian) Hunt, Benjamin (Olivia) Ruhr, Danielle Ruhr; Great-Grandchildren: Aiden Linnemeyer, Penny Fields, Isla Schottler, Daniel Fields, Reyna Fields, Madie Linnemeyer, Jaxon Voss, Bryonie Schottler, Carson Voss, Joshua Bocan, Brooklyn Hunt, Peyton Ruhr, Elianna Bocan, McKenna Ruhr, Micah Bocan, Emily Fung, Joseph Hunt, Lewis Ruhr, Makaiah Voss; Sister: Janice (Fred) Naaktgeboren; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Vivian Thompson, husbands Wayne Nelson and Edwin Schuster, and grand daughters Nicole Voss and Jayla Fields.

Funeral service for Judith Schuster will take place on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. at the Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. Steven Freund and Pastor Reid Gilbert will officiate. Jan Naaktgeboren will be the Pianist for the funeral service.

The visitation will be on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at the Buffalo Covenant Church. Interment will follow the service at the Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo, Minnesota. Casket Bearers will be her grandsons: Michael Fields, Stephen Ruhr, Wayne Voss, Matthew Ruhr, Mark Voss, and Benjamin Ruhr.


2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Christine Husom

    Judy was a sweet and kind Christian woman who dearly loved her family and friends. She was also a very talented author. I’ll miss her sweet communications. Prayers for your comfort and peace, knowing she is safely in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

  2. Rondi Reinert

    I am deeply sorry to hear the passing of Judy. Her and I went way back when we at Lake Ridge together. I still have the tea set she gave me. Lot of memories of her and I . Going to miss her she was a true inspirational lady to me.


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