July 1, 1949 – Monday, July 20, 2009
Zion Lutheran Church 1200 HWY 25 So., Bu
Judith E. (Murry) Hauer
Age 60 of Buffalo, died Monday, July 20, 2009 after her graceful battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
Judith Eileen was born in Winnebago on July 1, 1949 to William and Maryce (Haugh) Murry. She was the Delavan High School Class Valedictorian in 1967. She graduated summa cum laude from Mankato State University in 1971 with a degree in sociology. In 1969 she married Luke Way. Beginning in 1975, they made their home in Monticello, where Judy stayed home to care for their six children. They were foster parents from 1972 – 1979. During her years as a homemaker, Judy also worked for the Welcome Wagon, started the Monticello Emergency Food Shelf, and was very active at the St. Henry’s Catholic Church. In 1985, she began working as a social worker at the Ebenezer Covenant Home in Buffalo. On July 22, 1989 she married Gerald “Jerry” Hauer at the Hosanna Lutheran Church in Buffalo and they soon made their home in Buffalo. In the mid 90’s Judith began working as a social worker for the Monticello-Big Lake Community Hospital and Nursing Home, where she worked until she became ill in 2007. Judy was a member of the Minnesota Nursing Home Social Workers Association. While living in Buffalo, she was a very active member of Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading, watching Twins baseball, and playing with her 20 grandchildren. She was always active in her children’s school functions, including sports, music and academics. She and her husband Jerry chaperoned many band trips for the Buffalo High School Marching Band and were “band aids” for several years. Judy is well known for her kindness and her ability to express herself, advocate for others, and speak in truths with grace. She helped and served a lot of people in need, and used her talents wisely to serve her community.
Judy is survived by her husband, Jerry; mother, Maryce Murry, Mankato; children: Amy (Matthew) Intrieri, Albertville, Matthew (Caren) Way, Prior Lake, Mary Way, Buffalo, Megan (Scott) Buck, Plymouth, Emily (Travis) Brott, Waukee, IA, and Andrew (Dawn) Puroway, St. Paul; step-children: Peter (Janelle) Hauer, Kris (Duane) Bordak, Laura Hauer, and Jana (Vern) Thorson, all of Buffalo; siblings: Michael (Laurel) Murry, Robbinsdale, Charles (Sara) Murry, Winnebago, Timothy (Connie) Murry, North Mankato, Richard (Dana) Murry, Mankato, Philip (Debbie) Murry, Le Center, and Joan (Don) Wesely, Eagle Lake; 20 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father William Murry.
There will be a visitation for Judy on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from 4 PM to 8 PM in the Trinity Hall at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Her funeral will be at Zion Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 23. There will be a visitation at the church before the funeral beginning at 10:00 AM. Reverend Judy Burgett Winzig is officiating. Special music and readings will be done by Judy’s family and friends. The casket bearers are nieces and nephews: Patrick Murry, Kerri Gaudreau, Jared Murry, Jens Murry, Lindsey Murry, Ashley Murry, and Michael Wesely. Buriel is at the Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the American Cancer Society or to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.