On August 29, 2019, Gerald (Jerry) M. Butzler, 88, a devoted husband of 60 years, proud father, and loving grand and great grandfather joined his son Steve in heaven. He was born April 26, 1931, to Herbert & Rosina (Wacker) Butzler. He attended St. Mary’s Ridge Catholic School and graduated from Norwalk High School. Jerry married Berdella (Geier) on April 11, 1959 and celebrated 60 years together as husband & wife. They resided on St. Mary’s Ridge where they raised nine children on the family farm. Jerry served on St. Mary’s & St. Patrick’s Parish Council. He was a committee member with the Town of Wells and served on the Mid-Am Board. After he retired from farming, he worked for Brenengen Auto in Sparta. Jerry’s first love was his wife & family. He truly loved farming and would comment “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life”.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Berdella, and eight children, Tom (Sheila) Butzler, Tomah, WI, Jack (Debbie) Butzler, Holmen, WI, Judy (Dennie) Plomedahl, Sun Prairie, WI, Ann (Steve) Kaiser, St. Mary’s Ridge, WI, Jerolyn (Bryan) Grandall, Sparta, WI, Chris (Pam)Butzler, Portland, WI, Nick (Jenny)Butzler, Rockland, WI, and Marcia (Denny) Steele, Sparta, WI. He is also survived by daughter-in-law Becky (Fritz) Butzler, 28 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, brother Vernon, Footville, WI and sister Beverly Greenwood, Port Richie, FL.
He is preceded in death by his son Steve, his parents, his brother, Ernie and sisters Elverna & Joan, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse and Morrow Home in Sparta for their care and compassion.
A memorial mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 7th, 2019, at 12:00pm at St. Patrick’s Church, Sparta, WI with Fr. Eric Berns officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9am until the time of the service on Sept 7th. A private burial will be held at a later date.
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.