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Judith Baumer

October 31, 1933 July 13, 2019
Judith Baumer
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Judith Plautz Baumer died July 13, 2019 after a long course of illness. Beloved wife of the late William H. Baumer, Ph.D., father of Gail and Ann, she was born to Carl and Celia Plautz (nee Breitzman) outside of Random Lake, Wisconsin.

Judy was raised on a dairy farm during the Depression and through World War II, where she enjoyed horseback riding and always had a St. Bernard to accompany her. Upon completion of high school, she became the first in her family to attend college, earning a BS in English from Mission House College (now Lakeland University) near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Active on the yearbook staff, she met Bill through his brother/roommate; they dated through his service with the U. S. Army and married a year after his return. Judy taught high school English and Forensics for several years; during this time, she supported Bill as he completed his studies and they began their family.

Judy and Bill moved to Western New York when he joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo in 1962, after brief stints teaching at the University of Nevada and the University of North Dakota. Judy became active in the University Women’s Club, spearheading fundraisers for the Grace Capen Academic Scholarship Fund, launching an equestrian club, and serving as president of the organization.

A tireless member of St. John Lutheran Church in Amherst, New York, Judy volunteered and chaired the Properties Committee, getting her hands dirty with landscaping, painting, and re-sealing the parking lot with hot tar, a task guaranteed to reduce the roster of willing volunteers. She served on the Church Council many times and supported the ladies who catered weddings and other functions by volunteering in the kitchen and baking thousands of Parker House rolls. She drew the line at contributing recipes to church cookbooks, as every time she shared a recipe someone would make substitutions or “corrections” that inevitably ruined the dish. Folks, you cannot make a decent tunnel of fudge cake without 14oz of butter and 6 eggs. Margarine just won’t cut it, and do not get me started on shortening. Her pumpkin pie recipe, vegan from the start, is now popular with many seeking dietary alternatives.

But most of her energy at St. John went into the management of the 26-acre St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Cheektowaga, New York, whose governance she led for 40 years. The volunteer leadership met monthly, always with a box of doughnuts or fastnachts and plenty of coffee (not to mention ashtrays in the 1970s). One Saturday morning, they could not locate any napkins and resorted to using paper towels, which have since been known as “the fine linen” whenever used in this capacity.

Following Bill’s death in 2014, Judy established an endowment at the University at Buffalo to provide financial assistance to students including travel and participating in conferences, workshops, and Ethics Bowl competitions as well as the Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy (XPHI) Conference. Judy has contributed a like amount to the endowment of St. John Cemetery, to support the perpetual care and maintenance of the facility.

Judy is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Gail Baumer of Random Lake, Wisconsin, and Ann and Paul Schulte of Plymouth, Minnesota, and their children Noel and David Miller, Richard and Emily Niles, and Christopher and Emma Schulte. She is also survived by Bill’s siblings and sisters-in-law Paul and Jan Baumer and Marti Baumer, all of Columbus, Ohio, as well as Jan Baumer of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Judy was predeceased by her older brother, Lloyd.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, October 26 at First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The family will be receiving visitors ½ hour before and after the service. Memorials to the William H. Baumer, PhD, Excellence Fund via https://ubfoundation.buffalo.edu/giving/?gift_allocation=0301778356 or to Sharon Richardson Hospice at http://www.ssrhospicehome.org/donations-memorials/ are preferred to flowers.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. For online condolences please visit, www.suchonfh.com.


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United States
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