Lucille E. Butzke, 90

Lucille E. Butzke, 90, of Kewaskum, passed away on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Cedar Lake Health Care Center in the town of West Bend.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1920, in Kewaskum, the daughter of the late Herman and Elsie Backhaus, and on May 3, 1940, she was united in marriage to Elroy Butzke at Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum. Elroy preceded Lucille in death on Dec. 28, 1999.

Lucille was a lifelong member of Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum and the Ladies Guild. Her early years of employment were with Rosenheimer’s Store and Regal Ware Inc. in Kewaskum. After her third child was born, Lucille remained at home to raise her family. She was a loving and devoted mother who made many sacrifices for the benefit of her children.

While a resident of Cedar Community, Lucille was very active in many activities participating in the Cedar Community choir, the Cedar Community band, the baking club and was a resident representative on the Board of Directors. She also enjoyed playing bingo, weekly Bible study and attending church services.

Lucille will fondly be remembered for her love of music, gardening, baking, sewing, church and her deep faith that brought her strength through her journey through life. She will be deeply missed by her family and by all who knew her.

Those Lucille leaves behind to cherish her memory include five children, Bonnie (Thomas) Skrentny of Kewaskum, Robert (Kathy) Butzke of West Bend, Thomas (Terry) Butzke of Wauconda, Ill., Jane (the Rev. Robert) Laubenstein of Green Bay and Kelly (Dr. Craig) Rosenthal of Kewaskum; a son-in-law, Robert Teeple of Kewaskum; a brother, Victor (Rose Marie) Backhaus of Kewaskum; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Backhaus of West Bend and Shirley Butzke of Campbellsport; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, Lucille was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Woolman; three brothers, Frederick Backhaus, Carl (Beulah) Backhaus and Myron "Cisco" Backhaus; a brother-in-law, Raymond Butzke and a sister-in-law, Lauretta Stange.

Funeral services for Lucille will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum. Her son-in-law, the Rev. Robert Laubenstein, will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of services.

Memorials to Peace United Church of Christ are appreciated.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Lucille’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at

Lucille’s family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Cedar Community for the outstanding and compassionate care given to her over the past 14 years.