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Judith Rae “Judy” Burtness, age 64 of Brownsdale, MN died at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield Wednesday evening, July 13, 2011. She was born June 7, 1947 to Vernon I. and Vernelle (Oftedahl) Moe in Mankato, MN. After graduating from New Richland High School in 1965, Judy studied business at Mankato State University for a short time. She married Neil Burtness on October 19, 1966 at LeSueur River Lutheran Church near New Richland. They made their home in Brownsdale. Judy worked in the business office at Austin Public Schools for over 25 years. She enjoyed shopping, collecting giraffes and spending time at the cabin in Faribault in the summer.

Survivors include husband Neil Warren Burtness of Brownsdale; two daughters, Jennifer (Todd) Hauschildt of Burnsville; grand children Elsa, Greta, Owen, Jill (Kurt) Kraling of Rochester; great grandchildren Hunter and Hannah; her father, Vernon Moe of Ellendale, and a sister, Jan (Rick) Leth of Grand Island, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her mother Vernelle Moe; sister Karen Peterson and an infant son.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 18, 2011 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. There was a gathering of family and friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at The family prefers memorials to Humane Society,, Cancer Society or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

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