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Judy Ann Buschena
December 20, 1943 - September 4, 2020

Judy Buschena, the daughter of Victor and Verna (Callies) Kommes, was born on December 20, 1943 in Worthington, MN. She was baptized January 16, 1944 and confirmed May 3, 1957 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fulda, MN. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School through the 8th grade and then attended the Fulda High School, graduating in 1961. Judy was united in marriage to the love of her life, Charles Buschena in Fulda, December 29, 1961. To this marriage they were blessed with 2 children, Daniel and Denise. After their marriage they lived in Currie, MN for 7 years. Wanting to be business owners in Slayton, they purchased the Slayton Motel and after a few years they bought the Red Broaster and eventually turned that into a Montgomery Ward Catalog Store, until Wards closed in 1985. Judy then worked at Slayton Drug until she moved to Apple Valley, MN in 1993. Chuck passed away in April of 1990. She then worked at Donaldson Inc. in Bloomington until her retirement. Judy passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family at the age of 76. Judy had a heart of gold and would help anyone she could. She loved to play cards, gardening, made the best baked goods, but mostly loved to spend time with her family. Her world revolved around her family and truly felt blessed being with them. Her proudest moment was when she became a grandma to Jessica and Amanda. In 1997 she became grandma to her son-in-law’s 5 children, Nicole, Cody, Cristy, Joshewa and Anthony. Judy was so proud! Her special blessings were when she became a great grandma to Lucy, Allison, Jean, Brandon, Alex, Ricky, Maddox, Mason, Rheagan and Grayson.

Survivors include her daughter, Denise (Jason) Gehrke of Burnsville, MN; grandchildren, Jessica Schulte, Amanda Morin, Nicole (Craig) McDowell, Cody Gehrke, Cristy Litchy, Joshewa Gehrke and Anthony Gehrke; sister, Marlene Leinen and brother, Larry (Jackie) Kommes. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Daniel, brothers and sisters-in-law, niece, nephew and many other relatives.

Services will be held at Prairie Hill Cemetery Fulda, MN at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 with Rev. Shawn Ethridge officiating.  Please wear face masks to help stop the spread of COVID. Condolences can be sent to the family at 10224 Upton Place Bloomington, MN 55431

The Totzke Funeral Home in Fulda is assisting the family with arrangements. Send condolences online at

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