Violet Gustafson Butler, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully filled with thoughts of her loved ones. Vicki is now reunited with William C. Butler, her devoted husband of seventy years.
Vicki was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she attended Benson High School. She was an active member of the high school debate team and an accomplished pianist. After being selected to spend a summer at Northwestern University’s coveted Cherub program in debate, she chose to matriculate there for her college experience. At Northwestern, she was a member of the debate team and Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In her Junior year she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was crowned May Queen. It was at Northwestern that she met Bill Butler; they married in June 1949 and spent their first ten years together in the Chicago area.
Bill and Vicki moved to Colony Drive in Hudson in 1960, where they raised their two daughters, Nancy and Jean. Bill and Vicki were active members of First Congregational Church of Hudson for 60 years. They also enjoyed supporting the Cleveland Orchestra and attended many performances at both Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center.
Vicki returned to graduate school at Kent State University in the early 60’s to study and earn her Masters degree in Political Science. She taught at KSU throughout the decade as she pursued her PhD and she was the director of Kent State’s mock convention in 1968. During the 70’s and 80’s, Vicki commuted to Lakeland Community College in Mentor, OH where she served as director of the Honors program and taught classes in both Politics and Economics.
Her passion for education and her love of learning continued throughout her life as she and Bill traveled all over the United States and the world attending more than fifty Elderhostel Road Scholar programs. Vicki was an avid reader of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal until her last days.
Vicki leaves behind her daughters, Nancy Kuhn and husband Richard of Wilmington, NC and Jean Serenbetz and husband Stuart of Johns Island, SC. She is also survived by grandchildren Matthew (Allison) and Michael Kuhn and Tucker (Matt), Hunter (Marina) and Skyler Serenbetz, and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be planned for a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vicki’s honor to Harbor Light Hospice, 207 Portage Trail Ext. West, Suite 100, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. Heartfelt thanks to the nurses and aides there, as well as at Hudson Grande Senior Living for their loving care and kindness in Vicki’s final days.