Obituary: Margaret E. “Margie” Butler

Margaret E. “Margie” Butler, age 80 years, of rural Wonewoc, Wisconsin, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at her home.

She was born on August 11, 1943 at the Peoples hospital in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Eugene and Erma (Ross) Smith.  Margie graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1961.

Margie was united in marriage to Wayne Klug on June 2, 1963.  To this union came two children, Shelley and Tim.  They made their home in rural Bouton, Iowa, where Margie babysat from her home for 10 years.

In 1979, she started working for Hy-Vee in Perry.  She also worked for the Johnston, East Euclid and Flyer Stores, where she eventually retired.

Margie later married Richard “Dick” Butler in Nashua, Iowa at the little brown church on November 9, 2002.

This Iowa girl moved to Wonewoc, WI to make a life.  Early on in their marriage, she bottle fed calves, helped guard gates and round up the cattle to bring them home.  As the cattle getting out could be a daily thing.  She also worked 4 ½ years at Viking Foods in Reedsburg.  Always making sure that Dick had a meal on the table after a long day choring.

Margie loved photos…taking pictures and making sure that there were plenty of them hanging on the walls and in the photo albums.  She also enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and mowing the lawn in her healthier years.

Left to cherish Margie’s memory are her husband, Dick, the love of her life; children, Shelley (Steve) Palmer of Granger, IA, Tim (Marsha) Klug of Des Moines, IA, Lori Dunse (Joe Ott) of Reedsburg and Dave (Marci) Butler of Lake Geneva; grandchildren, Sharaya and Savanna Palmer; step grandchildren, Tiffany and Sean Belieu, Aaron Conrad, Victoria (Mathew) Stabnow, Alyssa Dunse, and Mike, Ayhla, Pandora, Skyler, Uriel, Adeline, Logan and Morgan Butler; step great grandchildren, Atlas Butler and Viktor, Natalia, and Lucas Stabnow; brothers, Vern (Julie) Smith and Dwight (Charyl Lynn) Smith; sisters-in-law, Virginia Mitchell, Diana Smith and Elaine Butler; a very special friend, Patsy Manny and many, many nieces and nephews.

Margie was preceded in death by her Parents; sisters, Eunice (Andy) Gordish, Alma (Clifford) Schlumbohm; brothers, Gale Smith and Loren Smith; nephews, Ricky Smith and Eddie Reisman; brothers-in-law, Leo Butler and Melvin Peterson and step granddaughter, Amelia Butler.

Memorial Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Wonewoc.  A time of visitation will be on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Wonewoc.