Leonora Mae Butler, age 92, of North Mankato, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato. Graveside services were held at Basey Cemetery in rural Winnebago on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com.
Leonora was born on July 18, 1928 at her grandpa Fletcher’s farm in rural Huntley, the daughter of Marland and Alice (Fletcher) Wright. She was baptized in 1939 at the Presbyterian Church in Winnebago. Leonora graduated from Winnebago High School in 1946 and from the Minnesota School of Business in 1947. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at the Winnebago Co-op Creamery and as a secretary at Shelby Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. She married John “Jack” Butler on February 11, 1951 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago. She was a member of the Basey First Methodist Church in rural Winnebago, the Presbyterian Church in Winnebago, the Basey UMW, and a member of the Eastern Star.
Leonora is survived by her son, Michael (Debra) Butler of Winnebago and their children Eugene (Abby) Butler and Clinton (special friend, Kelly McDermott) Butler; and daughter, Vicki (Kevin) Grant of Mankato, and their children Laurie (Gabriel) da Silveira, Jennifer (Joshua) Malwitz, and James (Allison) Grant; and daughter, Kimberly (Jeff) Wikre, of Windsor, Colorado, and their children Trevor (Traci) Wikre, Jared (Danielle) Wikre and Danielle (Matthew) Allen; and her great grandchildren, Dizel, Adley, and Brantley Butler; Lua da Silveira; Kepler and Finnley Malwitz, Palmer and Edward Grant; Jack Wikre and Taiya Allen; and many nieces and nephews.
Leonora was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Butler; parents; sister, Mary Carson; sister-in-law, Merva (Eisenmenger) Dobie; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Carson, Mert Dobie, and George Eisenmenger.