Mary Jane Butterfield|
Born: Sept. 24, 1928; in Morris, IL
Died: July 27, 2014; in Morris, IL
Mary Jane (Muffler) Butterfield, 85, of Morris, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 27, 2014.
Born on September 24, 1928, in Morris, Mary Jane was the daughter of the late Charles H., Sr. and Helen (Feeney) Muffler. She married Charles "Charlie" G. Butterfield, Sr. on October 12, 1952, in LaSalle, Illinois.
Mary Jane was a graduate of ICS and the Class of 1946 of Morris High School. She worked for the family businesses at Ace Hardware and Morris Skating Rink. She and her husband Charlie founded and operated Echo Lanes in Morris for over 60 years and continues in operation today. The bowling alley began with 12 lanes, gradually adding 16 more lanes for a total of 28 lanes. After her husband's passing, Mary Jane, their son, Tim, and daughter, Marlene, operated the bowling alley along with the help of 12 grandchildren.
She was a member of the Illinois Valley Bowling Association and the Bowling Proprietors of America.
Surviving are children, Edward T. Butterfield of Arlington, TX, Timothy A. Butterfield of Dwight, Mary Marlene Walls, Holly Ann Waldron, and Barry J. Butterfield, all of Morris; 12 grandchildren: Greg Butterfield and Jordie (Jason) Cory of Morris; Michelle, Sara, and Jessica Butterfield of Dwight; Kristen, Jeremiah, Jacob, and Amy Waldron of Morris, and Robert, Kindra, and Drew Walls of Morris; great-grandchildren, Colton Walls of Morris and Avery Rose Waldron of Arlington Heights.
Mary Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Sr.; son, Charles, Jr; her parents; one brother, Charles H. "Pete" Muffler, Jr.; and son-in-law, Jeffrey Walls.
Visitation for Mary Jane will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, located at 301 West Washington Street in Morris. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Edward J. Howe, CR presiding. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Morris.
Memorials may be made in Mary Jane's name to the donor's choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, Illinois.
For further information visit the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com or contact the funeral home at (815) 942-0084.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website.
Published in Morris Herald-News on July 29, 2014