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Rosella "Roz" Butzler

January 6, 1924 May 10, 2019
Rosella "Roz" Butzler
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Rosella “Roz” Butzler, 95, of Midland, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2019, with family by her side. She was born January 6, 1924 in Hartford, Wisconsin to Henry and Henrietta Juergens.

During WWII, Roz was a member of the General Mitchell Post Drum Corp., and the Schlitz Girls Marching Band in Milwaukee. While attending Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, she was active in Sigma Alpha Iota and Alpha Chi Omega Fraternities (before women’s organizations were called Sororities).

After graduating from Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in music, Roz married the late George Butzler Jr., moved to Madison, and launched the beginning of what would become a very large family. Following George’s graduation from the University of Wisconsin, they moved to Midland in 1949.

Roz was the quintessential mother. She never let a grammatical error, wrong musical note, or social faux pas go uncorrected. Pets were not allowed, as she claimed to be allergic to animal fur, yet most of her childhood photos include her cuddling up with her cat, goat, or horse. She was not allergic to scales or feathers, so we did have an ever-changing menagerie of toads, frogs, salamanders, snakes, parakeets, an alligator, and for a short time, two chickens.

Roz was a Brownie/Cub Scout Leader, Room Mother, Choir Director at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Pom-Pon Coach, Figure Skating Teacher and Fitness Instructor. Roz is survived by her eight children: George, Paul (Brooks Vitalone), Ann (Jim May), Mary Jo (Tim Rife), Bill (Karen), Doug, Barbara (David Emmons) and Gail (Ben Worsley); four grandchildren: Benjamin Worsley (Jillian), Sarah (Clay Hewitt), Kristine (Tony Blodgett) and Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren: Cameron and Corie Blodgett, plus a Worsley great-granddaughter due in August. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law Margaret Smith and Helen Butzler and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at King’s Daughters Home in Midland and Mid-Michigan Hospice for their help in caring for Roz during her last months. Special thanks to caregiver, Grace Burton, who became an extended member of the family.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday May 18, from 10 am to 12 noon, at Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rosella’s name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607, or Make-A-Wish Michigan, 7600 Grand River Ave, Suite 175, Brighton, MI 48114.

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10:00 AM 5/18/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 5/18/2019 12:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
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