On January 11, 2015, Barbara Elizabeth Butera of Arlington and Tom’s Brook, VA passed away peacefully at home after a long illness. Barbara was a devoted mother, an “extreme” gardener, a talented homemaker, a lover of books, music and art. She was born to Elizabeth & Joseph Banisch on Dec. 21, 1931 in New Jersey and grew up in Ashland, VA. She earned her BA in Psychology from Seton Hill College, class of 1952. She married Charles W. Butera of Brooklyn, NY in 1955 and the two moved to Northern Virginia to raise their family.
She poured her abundant talent and energy into her home and family, which grew to include 3 sons and 3 daughters. In later years, she worked as a legal secretary at the Smithsonian Institution’s Wilson Center, Covington & Burling, and other Washington DC area law firms. She inspired us all with her intelligence, determination, responsibility, humility and patience.
Barbara’s passing is mourned by her 6 children & their spouses and 4 grandchildren – William & Loni Butera and daughters Lara & Jana of Boston, MA; Frances Butera & Oren Schlieman and daughter Lily Schlieman of Honolulu, HI; Laura Butera of Manassas, VA; Joseph Butera of Tom’s Brook, VA; Edward Butera of Arlington, VA; and Vivian (Butera) & Bob Gleason and son Charles Gleason of Leesburg, VA – as well as her sister Patricia Blecich of Meriden, CT and many extended family members and friends.
The family will hold a Funeral Mass on Friday Jan 16, 11:00am, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock, VA.