Julie Ann Buda

Julie Ann Buda

September 19, 1953 – October 15, 2023

Julie Ann Damgaard was born September 19, 1953, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Earl and Eleanor Damgaard. She moved frequently during childhood due to Earl’s job, and ended up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she graduated from Bryan High in 1971. She met Joe Buda at Elmwood Park where he was on stage playing guitar. They married on July 2, 1976, and had four children. They exemplified a loving, devoted marriage for over 47 years until her passing. She worked in Loss Prevention at United Parcel Service (UPS) for 42 and a half years, retiring in 2015, when diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Despite this condition, Julie lived a full, happy life, and found joy in its simplest pleasures. She was kind, loving, sweet and cherished her children; always making sure they “take lots of pictures” to capture memories. She had a deep faith in Jesus (her Bible is full of highlights and notes) and saw God’s handiwork in all things, especially in nature. She spread the love of God through her reflections on Facebook, which touched many. Her faith in Christ carried her through to the end, trusting that no matter what happened, it was His plan.

Julie was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Eleanor Damgaard. She is survived by husband, Joe Buda; children: Joey (Christine) Buda, Jacqueline Buda, Jessie (Michael) Loewen, and Josh Buda; brother, Jeff Damgaard; sister, Rhonda (George) Obradovich; grandson, Augie Loewen, and two granddaughters on the way.

VISITATION: Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 5-7 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Thursday, October 19, 2023, 10:30 a.m, at the West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials to the family via Venmo: @Joey-Buda. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Tom Pearson Posted October 16, 2023 7:43 pm

    Prayers to Julie’s family. Worked with Julie many years at UPS. She was always kind and extremely helpful to all.

  • Penny Fester Posted October 17, 2023 8:17 am

    I graduated with Julie. Over the years have come to admire this special woman. I truly loved her writing! Julie saw God In everything and shared her love for the Lord with so many people! Thankyou Julie for your wonderful example of a faithful sister in Christ.
    To her family, I am very sad at your loss. May you be blessed by the special memories you share of your Julie. God strengthen and hold you close.

  • Toni Stuart Posted October 17, 2023 9:43 am

    Prayers for the family. Julie was one in a million and loved by all who knew her and her beautiful heart.

  • Debbie Sean Posted October 17, 2023 9:51 am

    Sending heartfelt condolences to the Buda family during this sorrowful time.

  • Gina Currera Posted October 17, 2023 10:05 am

    Prayers for the family during this time of grief.

  • Marilyne Evans Posted October 17, 2023 10:06 am

    She was so special and we will miss her so much ❤️she made the world a better place –

  • Donita Moseman Posted October 17, 2023 10:17 am

    My heart goes out to the family of Julie whom she loved and adored so much! May she be at peace in her he hands of god!

  • Joy Eberly Romano Posted October 17, 2023 10:46 am

    To the Buda family! May your memories be a gift to heal your hearts! May Julie’s spirit live on through all of you! Keeping you all in my good thoughts & prayers! Josh sending you a hug!! Joy Eberly Romano.

  • Patricia Bowden Hawes Posted October 17, 2023 11:46 am

    Praying God’s perfect peace for the family and all who love Julie. See you at HOME, Julie.

  • Sharon Cabatu-Ferguson Posted October 17, 2023 12:44 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family. I was one of Julie’s high school classmates.

  • Bruce C Milnikel Posted October 17, 2023 1:07 pm

    May Julie be welcomed into the Loving embrace of the Lord Jesus Christ and live in Heaven’s Paradise for eternity. My thoughts and Prayers are with Joe and Julie’s families in this time of mourning and may they find comfort and Peace in their families and Faith . God Bless you always . Go in Peace Julie 🙏✝️

  • David and Pam Klasna Posted October 17, 2023 1:52 pm

    We are so sad for your loss and know she is in her eternal glory with King Jesus. We pray love and comfort in the Holy Spirit to Joe and their children.

  • Elwin and Lorin Mosemam Posted October 17, 2023 3:22 pm

    Ouch, a loss for the family and community. She modeled living life outloud thru all sorts of conditions.
    Rest in peace. Love the mosemans.

  • Steve and Myra Potter Posted October 17, 2023 7:01 pm

    We are with all of you and praying for strength and God’s hand of peace on all of you. Julie was a special friend to all of our family! We love you guys!

  • Carre Trude Posted October 17, 2023 7:25 pm

    Thinking of you Joe. Lost my husband one year ago Oct 14th. You are in my thoughts. Cherish the good memories. ❤️❤️❤️

  • DICK AUDAS Posted October 18, 2023 8:35 am

    Prayers to Julie’s family. I worked with Julie over 30 years at UPS. She always had a smile on her face. A very nice lady God Bless

  • Gayle Smith Posted October 18, 2023 1:40 pm

    Dear Budas, you are all in my prayers! I’m so sorry for your loss. Julie was a precious sister in the Lord to me, a true one of a kind lady. She loved Jesus so much, and her family was a close second. I cannot be there due to covid, but I send my love to you all. She truly was a “Jewel” and I look forward to seeing her one day in heaven. Her faith inspired me in mine…. Carry her legacy well, love people and love God the way she did! Hugs!

  • Geri (Dukich) Wilson Posted October 18, 2023 3:19 pm

    I’m blessed to have so many wonderful and varied memories of Julie through the years. Cheerleading, at Bryan High School, pep rallies, skits, clinics, camps, etc. She truly.was an angel on earth! Now she’s at peace without pain in our Lord’s care forever more! All who knew Julie loved her and will not forget her!!

    My prayers 🙏🏼 are with Joe, the children, grandson and grand daughters on the way, her siblings, other extended family, and all her friends! She will be missed‼️

    Love 💕, Geri Wilson🥰

  • Darnell Ridley Posted October 18, 2023 4:49 pm

    Such kindness & joy from her face and eyes comes as no surprise. I know she will be missed, but forever remain in hearts as well. I pray to Christ for continued strength for the Buda family of which I’m sure through faith there is much.

  • Camille Metoyer Moten Posted October 18, 2023 6:03 pm

    This is the saddest news, a light so bright has gone from us. Julie’s genuine love for God and people was a blessing to us all, we have to live on honoring her in how we love God and others. My deepest condolences to the Buda family…

  • CANDY & BOB SCHRODER Posted October 18, 2023 6:13 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to her friends and family during this difficult time. May God’s peace wash over all of you.

  • Peggy and Steve Fry Posted October 19, 2023 4:37 am

    I met Julie and Joe and family only one time in Austin which is nearby our home in Georgetown. But I felt an immediate connection to them through their vibrant and sincere love of God and Savior Jesus Christ. This short encounter was brought about bc our son Trent is engaged to their lovely and wonderful daughter Jackie! Julie and I exchanged cards and texts over the last 2 years. I feel as though I knew her through my growing relationship with Jackie who I know to be a loving and caring wonderful daughter to Julie and Joe.. Julie…Steve and I will meet you again one day in heaven and will be friends in Paradise where there’s no illness, pain or sorrow! Hallelujah and praise God! To Joe, Joey, Jackie, Jess and Josh I share your grief and extend my condolences. 🙏❤️🙏

    With all our love from Texas
    Peggy and Steve

  • MARTY SHAFER Posted October 19, 2023 8:02 am

    Joe – I’m truly saddened to learn of your wife’s passing. Take heart in knowing she’s in our Savior’s embrace and cherish the memories always.

  • Jorge Nila Posted October 19, 2023 9:22 am

    Prayers for a wonderful person!

  • Nikki Gladden Posted October 19, 2023 5:39 pm

    Thank you Julie for everything you did for me as a kid. I can’t put into words how I feel right now. Rest easy.

  • Missy & Pete McBride Posted October 19, 2023 7:42 pm

    Heaven is a bit brighter with Julie’s smile shining on us all! What a tremendous loss, Joe and family we send big hugs and love. Julie will be missed by all who had the chance to know her. Her smile and pure love is a memory I am I shall carry with me. Love Missy and Pete.

  • Lincoln & Jennifer Murdoch Posted October 20, 2023 9:21 am

    Julie was one of the sweetest people we have ever known. We never saw her without a smile on her face. Her love for Jesus was shared with everyone. We’re so thankful that we have the assurance where Julie is and will spend eternity….at the feet of her precious Jesus….breathing freely and deeply. We will miss you, Julie. May the knowledge of her presence with Jesus comfort you, Joe and family. She was greatly loved.

  • Mike Pelikan Posted October 20, 2023 5:24 pm

    Even thou she was battling her disease she helped me cope with my COPD. A lot of people claim to be Christians but Julie and Joe lived it. Julie was a very special person and she will be missed by anyone who ever met her. My thoughts and prayers go out the family

  • JEAN GRACE Posted October 22, 2023 4:55 am

    Rest in Peace. Your journey is complete.

  • Sue BERG Posted November 11, 2023 6:41 pm

    So sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. I will keep you and your family members in my thoughts and prayers

  • Harold Burge Posted May 10, 2024 11:07 pm

    You was so blessed, so sorry for your loss, and for also for Sam. God bless you and your family.

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