Donald Dean Butler

Donald Dean Butler

On Saturday, August 27, 2022, Donald Dean Butler passed away at the age of 95.  Donald was born January 16, 1927, in Effingham, Illinois, to Ellis and Ruth (Mascher) Butler.  He graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1945.  Also in 1945, after his 18th birthday, he was drafted into the United States Army to serve during World War II.  At the end of his service, he returned to Kentucky and married his high school sweetheart, Martha Sue Owings on June 15, 1947.  They raised their son, William Steven Butler, together and celebrated 63 years of devoted marriage before Sue was called home to our Lord.

A man of deep religious belief, Donald was ordained a Deacon in 1973 at First Baptist Church in Park Forest South, Illinois.  Donald also proudly worked 38 years for the Illinois Central Railroad, serving as a machinist and then a foreman in several shops throughout the Chicagoland Area.  In his retirement, Donald enjoyed assisting his beloved “Miss Sue” at craft fairs throughout the Midwest Covered Bridge Festivals and the Appalachian Mountains, and doting on his grandchildren, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Mark.  Later in life, after being widowed, Donald relocated to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, with his son and daughter-in-law, to live closer to his granddaughters, grandson-in-law, and two of his great-grandchildren.

Donald was an old-fashioned gentleman who believed in family and the value of hard work.  He was devoted to his “Miss Sue”, whom he loved to his dying day.  He had a playful side to match his loving side and a deep belly-laugh that made you want to laugh with him.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Ruth (Mascher) Butler, his brother, James Butler, several cousins, his wife, Martha Sue (Owings) Butler, and a great-granddaughter, Alexandra Nicole Woelm.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, W. Steven and Martha (Donlon) Butler; his granddaughters Elizabeth M. Butler and Catherine A.F. (Butler) Woelm; his grandson, Mark C. Butler; his grandson-in-law Geofrey A. Woelm; and his great-grandchildren: James D. Woelm, Sean B. Butler, Meagan C. Woelm, Logan V.D. Butler, Inara R. Butler, and Aeris R. Butler.

Donald will be laid to rest at a graveside service on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 1:00 pm, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, located at 1545 Orchard Dr., Lenoir, NC 28645.  The service will be performed by Rev. Kay Smith, pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, in Lenoir, North Carolina.

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The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

What is bereavement guilt?

What is bereavement guilt?

Odds are, you will experience loss and bereavement at some point in your life. Bereavement is the period spent adjusting to what your life looks like after suffering a loss. As you’re working through the stages of grief, it’s common to stir up bereavement guilt. To help you avoid being stuck in that phase for too long, we’ll help you understand what you’re feeling and how to cope.

Bereavement varies with each person and his or her circumstances, but the majority of mourners feel guilt at some point. According to a “Guilt in Bereavement” study, bereavement guilt is defined as “a remorseful emotional reaction in bereavement, with recognition of having failed to live up to one’s own inner standards and expectations in relationship to the deceased and/or the death.”

To put it more simply, it’s struggling with the could’ve, would’ve, should’ve thoughts that can surround the death of someone close to you. Feeling guilty about words spoken or not spoken, actions taken or not taken, and even certain thoughts you have seem to go hand in hand with grief. It’s common to blame yourself for not having had a better relationship with the deceased or in some way not having done the “right thing” by him or her. Even if, logically, you know that you have nothing to be feel guilty about, feelings can’t always be rationalized away.

Read More At This Link:  GWIC – Understanding bereavement guilt


Lois M. Horine

Lois M. Horine

Lois was born on December 15, 1924 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She graduated from Washington High School in Two Rivers, and attended Prospect Hall Secretarial School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduation, Lois accepted a position as an executive secretary at A.O. Smith in Milwaukee. While attending a band concert in Washington Park, Lois met Les, and they married in May of 1951. They enjoyed a happy 49-year marriage until Lester’s passing. In 2001, Lois married another wonderful man, Jarrett (Jack) Horine, and they enjoyed one year together until Jack’s passing. Lois and Jack made the very most of that year by traveling the United States visiting family.

In Manitowoc, Lois worked at Manitowoc County Bank, and Eastman Employees Credit Union, eventually becoming its president. When Lois and Les retired, they moved to Fort Myers, Florida, where she used her administrative skills to work part-time for Shell Point Village and Benson’s Property Management, LLC.

Lois had a tremendous zest for life, which manifested itself in so many ways! She was an accomplished soprano vocalist, spending many Sunday mornings as a soloist in area churches. She directed the First Baptist Church Choir, took part in the Monday Music Club and Ensemble, and volunteered for the Community Concert Association of Manitowoc on an annual basis, bringing in new members every year to appreciate the arts she loved so well! She was also very active life long, playing golf and tennis, bicycling, hiking, ice-skating, swimming, and walking.

In addition to her parents, Dr. Albert Naidl and Mayme (Pazdera) Naidl, Lois was predeceased by her first husband, Lester Ahlswede; her second husband, Jarrett E. Horine; her brother, Dr. Harry Naidl; and sister-in-law, Laura June Waak Naidl. Survivors include daughters, Lyn Messemer (Robert); Lori Rogers (David); stepson Jarrett B. Horine (Kim); stepdaughter Kerry (Don); grandchildren, Stephen Messemer (Brittany); Lauren Messemer; Andrew Rogers (Katy); Elizabeth Rogers; Bradley Ward: Christopher Ward (Kristen); sister-in-law, Patricia Vivier-Naidl; niece Margaret Naidl (Mark); and nephew, Andrew Naidl (Amanda)

Richard W. (Dick) Robinson

Richard W. (Dick) Robinson

Richard (Dick) Robinson 93, of Mequon, WI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Aurora Medical Center, Grafton. He was born on December 22, 1928, in Racine, WI to Clement and Claire Robinson. Dick grew up in the Milwaukee area, graduating from Pius XI with the class of 1946. Following high school, he served in the Marine Corps from 1946-1950 in Panama. A lifelong baseball fan and pitcher, he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds to a minor league contract before earning his degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1957. His career included positions with Humble Oil & Refining Co., New Jersey; Shamrock Plastics, Canada; General Electric Plastics as a pioneering salesman for Lexan; and Husky Injection Molding in Canada before acquiring Kaysun Plastics Corporation in Manitowoc in 1975. He retired in 2003 and sold the business in 2008.

Dick is survived by his wife Gail Robinson; his children Dave (Mary Ann) Robinson, Newton, WI; Tom (Ning) Robinson, Clarkston, MI; Steve Robinson, Lexington, KY: Laura Steffen, Elgin, IL; Heidi Harrison, Plymouth, WI; Meg Harrison, Milwaukee, WI; Sam (Megan) Harrison, Kiel, WI; Heather Harrison, Milwaukee, WI; and Ben (Jenny) Harrison, Manitowoc, WI. He is also survived by his sister Judy (Bob) Heun, Appleton, WI, and his brother Dan (Joy) Robinson, Dousman, WI. He is further survived by his brother-in-law James Fanslau, Washington, D.C., 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and brother-in-law Mary (Pete) Hoffman and a son Terence Robinson.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10729 W. Freidstadt Road, Mequon, WI.

Lois M. Horine

Joan R. Buck

Joan R. Buck, age 90, a Manitowoc resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening June 30, 2022 at Angelus Senior Living, Manitowoc.

Joan was born on July 12, 1931 in Clarks Mills, WI, daughter of the late Joseph and Matilda (Pritzl) Anhalt.  She graduated from Valders High School with the class of 1949.  On November 14, 1953 she married Merrill Buck at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Manitowoc.  In addition to being a homemaker and a wonderful mother she enjoyed Bowling, Golfing and Reading in her spare time.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years; Merrill, Manitowoc, four sons and three daughters-in-law; Steve (Sue) Buck, Franklin, Tim (Kathy) Buck, Oakdale, MN, Perry Buck, New Berlin, Rob (Melissa) Buck, Manitowoc, one daughter and son-in-law; Cheryl (Keith) Redding, Brookfield, ten grandchildren; Mara (Brad) Magner, Rachael (Ryan) Oxton, Chad (Liz) Redding, Maddie (Nick) Stock, Sydney Buck, Abbey Buck, Ashley Buck, Noah Buck, Aiden Buck, Ashton Buck, five great grandchildren; Cade Magner, Brynn Magner, Cole Magner, Sawyer Oxton, Ian Redding, two brothers and one sister-in-law; Wilfred Anhalt and David (Shirley) Anhalt, four sisters and one brother-in-law; Maryann Wotruba, Phyllis Uhrich, Rose Scanlon, Colleen ( Roger) Brunner.  Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.

Joan was also preceded in death by two sisters; Charlotte Rovang and Jean Klein, two brothers; Gordon Anhalt and Claude Anhalt, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM on Saturday July 9, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi on Grand (1416 Grand Ave)

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday July 9, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi on Grand (1416 Grand Ave).  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be Rev. Doug LeCaptain.  Entombment of her cremated remains will be at Knollwood Chapel Mausoleum at a later date.

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The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Angelus Senior Living and Sharon S. Richardson Community hospice for their care and compassion shown towards Joan and her family.

Memorials may be made to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice

The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.