Iva Grace Butler

Born January 14, 1924, in Delhi Township, Michigan, daughter of the late Vernette and Katie (Potts) Helmker passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019, at age 95.

Iva worked in the Holt Public Schools for 22 years as a substitute teacher coordinator.  She had also volunteered for many years at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing; where she was a longtime member, as well as for Sparrow Hospital and the Michigan Historical Museum.

Surviving are her three children, Thomas (Maki) Butler, James (Susan) Butler, Kelly (Mitch Norris) Butler; five grandchildren, Matomi, Robert (Katrina), Alice (Joseph) Tisdale, Madeline (Brian) Frye, and Timothy Butler; six great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Iva was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Butler; two sisters, Claribell Creyts and Tryphena Shaft; and her brother, James Helmker.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing.  Interment will follow at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Rosary.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour Ave., Lansing, MI 48933

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Cheryl Brand
October 20, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Worked with Bob and Iva at Holt Schools and loved them dearly. Smart, kind, compassionate, always ready to answer questions, help with whatever was needed. Truly wonderful people.

Jim Butler
October 20, 2019 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for your kind words. Mom and Dad both enjoyed the people they worked with in Holt.

Trisha Borawski
October 20, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Sincerest sympathy and prayers for all. I know she was special to many people, but especially her family. May God bless you and keep you.

Jill Galka Dipple
October 20, 2019 at 9:28 pm

Such a wonderful person, mother, neighbor!!
She will surely be missed!!

Laura Lazet
October 20, 2019 at 9:31 pm

Our condolences to you, Jim, and your family. May you have God’s peace in your hearts and His grace in all that the coming days may hold.

Nate Simon
October 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

Our condolences to the family. Many memories of the old neighborhood, and especially the Butlers. Delivering the newspaper, being babysat by, “Mrs. Butler”, the bubble pipe, ding dungs, the piano, playing with toys left behind by Tom, Jim, and Kelly, and giving Rubin walks. Of course I remember the great chain saw incident in the back yard. The wound healed, but the scar lives on, as a now fond memory of a different age.


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