Judy Anne Schueneman
July 26, 1936 – May 21. 2021
Age 84 of Omaha, Nebraska. Survived by her husband, Joe; six children; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandson.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler at www.heafeyheafey.com.
On Friday, May 21, 2021, Judy Schueneman – loving wife and mother, lover of travel, and stranger to none – passed away at the age of 84 in hospice care with her family by her side.
Judy was born on July 26, 1936, in Braham, Minnesota. She grew up in Marshall County, Iowa, graduated from Drake University, and was teaching school near Chicago, Illinois when she met the love of her life, Joe Schueneman. They were married in June of 1960, and in time welcomed six children.
The three constants in Judy’s life were her faith, family, and friends. Her faith was part of the fabric of her life and brought Christ to all she met. She was an active volunteer at their parish church in Edina, Minnesota, and in 1983, she and Joe moved to eastern Kentucky to work in outreach ministry. Always an advocate of the domestic church, Judy completed a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Family Studies from Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1997, the Diocese of Lexington tapped Joe and Judy to open and be co-directors of Cliffview Center, where she brought her faith, degree, and hospitality to life. She was also a talented writer and contributed to many Catholic publications.
Judy gathered people into her home and her heart, and all were welcome at her table. She had a natural gift of building rapport with everyone she encountered and built community wherever she worked or lived. Judy listened from the heart and told people in words and deed that they were beautiful and worthy.
She loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother almost as much as she loved being Joe’s wife. Judy’s goals were to teach her children to be good people and enjoy life, and she was a wonderful role model. Her sense of adventure, servant heart, and empathic love rooted her family. Although her grown children live across the country, frequent family reunions ensure everyone has remained close.
After retiring from Cliffview, Judy and Joe traveled the country visiting friends and family. They spent several winters as “Holy Hoboes” at Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David, Arizona, worked at monasteries in England and France, returning to Normandy twice. The memories of the people she met on life’s journey were some of her most treasured.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Martha. She is survived by her husband Joe; her children: Tom (Juanita Kirkham), Martha, Amy Smith (Cory), Ray (Elizebeth Murphy), Anne, Andy (Therese); her grandchildren: Terra Schueneman, Henry Schueneman, Raymond Bejarano, Brendan Smith, Tom Schueneman, Jack Cornett, Ian Smith, Jim Schueneman, Mary Cornett, Fred Cornett, Joseph Schueneman, Marie Schueneman; great-grandson, Lennon English; her brothers, Jim Howard (JoAnn) and John Howard (Nancy); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved friends.
Judy’s family would like to thank the staff at Josie Harper Hospice House, Visiting Nurse Association, and the many doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who cared for her over the last several months.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak- and Cutler at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be sent to the Sisters of Notre Dame and to the A Million Daffodils Fund at Lauritzen Gardens.
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