Barbara Elizabeth Butera

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.

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2 Condolences to Barbara Elizabeth Butera

  1. Laura Drury Walthall says:

    Dear Laura, Fran and Butera kids, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I had no idea she was living in Tom’s Brook. I too am here in the county. I have nothing but fond memories of her warmth and kindness from my childhood times spent at your home across from Bishop O’Connell in Arlington. Hoping that your memories and support from each other will help you during this time of grief. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    In sympathy, Laura Drury

  2. Bryan R. Bishop says:

    Mrs. Butera opened her home with warm hospitality to many high schoolers back in the Seventies. I had occasion also to meet with her several times in more recent years, and at least one of those meetings occurred at that wonderful home on Little Falls Road in Arlington. She gave me a tour of her impressive garden that day. (I had forgotten “the gardener” aspect of this very accomplished woman, when speaking with the family in recent days; but the on-line obituary recollected this tour to me.) For her, the walk was as if among rows of friends, to whom she introduced me by name left and right without missing a beat. Although always very personable, I only remember Mrs. Butera being more animated when speaking of her children — and this appropriately so, as they comprise her most impressive feats of cultivation.

    With sincere condolences to all the family, Bryan R. Bishop