BUTLER, Berna May "Bunny", as we all know her, passed away peacefully at the age of ninety-one at Harbor Point Assisted Living Facility in Centerville, Massachusetts with her family by her side. Bunny grew up in Brownville Junction, Maine and graduated from the University of Maine, where she met her future husband, Joseph Warner Butler, Jr. ("Joe") of Winchester, Massachusetts. Besides her loving husband, she leaves her son Joseph Warner Butler, III ("Jay") and his wife Nancy of Gloucester, Massachusetts, her son John Waring Butler of Camden, Maine, and her daughter Jill Lally and her husband Richard of Woburn, Massachusetts and their two sons, Jesse and Evan. Bunny has always been active, first as a varsity field hockey player at the University of Maine. Later, she received a World War II certificate from Vannevar Bush, Director of Massachusetts of Technology ("MIT") Radiation Laboratory in recognition for her contributions and work organized under the Office of Scientific Research and Development through the National Defense Research Committee. She lived with her family in Winchester, Massachusetts and was a member of the Winchester Country Club, where she enjoyed golf in the Summer and Curling in the Winter. As a dedicated volunteer, Bunny devoted her time to the Winchester Hospital Auxiliary and Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary. After she and her husband retired and relocated to Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, Bunny became a member of the Cummaquid Golf Club. Inspired by the local beauty of her new surroundings, she became an avid oil painter and received several awards from the Cape Cod Art Association in recognition of her fine work. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. Memorial contributions may be made to Beacon Hospice, 68 Center Street, Suite 19, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601.
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 29, 2013