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Klara Butler

Klara Butler

Sunday, March 14th, 2021
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Klara K. Butler

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, passed away March 14, 2021.

Klara was born in Kitzingen, Germany in 1939, the daughter of the late George and Marie Winkler. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Butler, Sr in 2008 and daughter, Diane Butler Marburger in 1994. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Gail Butler of Watkins Glen; brothers, Edgar Winkler, and George Winkler, both of Germany; sisters, Irene Weinheimer of Arizona, Eleonore Peebles of Oklahoma, and Jutta (Richard) Johnson of Florida; four grandchildren, Brandi Wildeman of Pennsylvania, Dewayne (Theresa) Butler of Watkins Glen, Joshua (Abbie) Butler of Maryland, and Nicholas (Megan) Butler of Louisiana; six great-grandchildren, Ariel Wildeman of Florida and Daine Butler and Malina Butler, both of Watkins Glen, and Charles Butler, Nora Butler and Lucy Butler, all of Maryland.

Klara was a faithful communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

In Germany she worked at Baeren-Schmidt candy factory after completing school in the eight grade. She arrived in America in 1956 at the age of sixteen speaking very little English with one suitcase and twenty dollars in her pocket. She was proud to become an American citizen in 1965. She worked various jobs throughout her life retiring from a local dentistry in Watkins Glen as a receptionist. She was a very caring and generous person not just to her family, but also to many others in her life.

According to her wishes, there will be no visitation services and a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations in her memory may be left to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 3, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; Care First Hospice (online at CareFirstNY.org) or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Condolences and remembrances may be left in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

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    Holy Cross Cemetery
    3700 State Route 14
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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Elizabeth Stratton

Posted at 06:18pm
Hello, I knew Klara from the weekly dinners at the St Mary's of he Lake Catholic Church Dinner room. I went there weekly with James Smith, and we often talked with Klara. She was always kind and a lovely person. M condolences to her family~ Elizabeth Rouse Stratton

Malia Popovich

Posted at 04:57pm
To all of Klara's Family, I want you to know that Klara was such a wonderful person, full of spirit and song. She was so devoted to God and to singing in the choir at St. Mary's. I am so glad to have known her. I remember the day I saw her in your truck, Chuck. You were taking her to your home so that she would not be alone. She was so happy, and pleasantly surprised. She will live in my memory. God bless you all, and may you find peace during this sad time. Love, hugs and prayers! Malia

Tanya Romero

Posted at 10:07pm
Dear Chuck, Gail and family,
The Weinheimer/Romero family sends our deepest condolences to you all. Tante Klara/Sister to Irene has always been near and dear to our hearts. We looked forward with anticipation to visits from her and Onkel Charlie/Brother-in-Law no matter where we lived: Toronto, Chicago, Tulsa and Sun City West. Trips to see her, my Onkel and cousins in Watkins Glen was always a fun occasion with many wonderful memories. My husband, Carlos, and I were lucky enough to visit one last time with her just two years ago. We shared laughs, reminiscent stories and big hugs. Tante Klara had an infectious laugh, sweet disposition and a smile that will never be forgotten. Her kindness and desire to maintain a strong family connection with relatives near and far will always be remembered. May she rest in peace! Always in our hearts and will never be forgotten!

Mary Churchill

Posted at 02:15pm
Chuck, condolence on Your Mom’s passing, from my family to Yours. You and Gail were so great to love and care so for Your Mom. I think of Her when I hang laundry out early in the morning and remember Her wonderfull laughter. Grace and blessings to You all.

Emily Kerns

Posted at 08:05am
Dear Charlie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Mom was a wonderful lady! I always enjoyed visiting with her when she'd come into Senka Agency where I worked. One of my fondest memories was when she came in after buying her first car all on her own. She was so excited. She said, "I just bought a car all on my own! I feel so liberated, like I should burn my bra!" The whole office cracked up! Her smile and sense of humor was infectious. She will be greatly missed.
Love and prayers,
Emily Kerns

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