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October 11, 1970 – Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Service Information
Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church-Buffalo
Saturday, April 1, 2017
5:00 p.m.

Visitation Information
Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church-Buffalo
Saturday, April 1, 2017
begins at 2:00 p.m.

Marie Ann Butler, age 46 of Buffalo, passed peacefully on March 21, 2017 at 12:36 p.m. at Quiet Oaks Hospice, St. Cloud, MN. Her loving husband Jeff was holding her hand, as well as being surrounded by her family, she left her earthly body and her soul was sent into the arms of her mother, Jacqueline.
Marie held a Masters of Physical Therapy from St. Catherine College and used this degree along with her gift to be able to comfort others for years as a physical therapist. She had most recently worked at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Buffalo where she was respected and adored by her co-workers and patients.
Marie married the love of her life, Jeffrey Lee Butler, on June 10, 1995. The couple have two boys. Noah Christian who is attending Gustavus University in St. Peter and Matthew Philip, a freshman at Buffalo High School. Both boys carry Marie’s amazing smile and deep caring for and willingness to help people that will live on through them.
Marie was extremely competitive and her body may have not won the battle with cancer., that lasted for approximately six years. The way she fought, the awareness she brought and the amazing way people were drawn to her, make her soul the winner of her war.
Marie is a fixture in the Buffalo community as well as a warrior with a smile. She brought so much joy and love to everyone around her at her boys sporting events, Pink Street parties and everywhere she went. Even in her final weeks she would not be controlled by the cancer and travelled to Fairmont with Jeff and Noah to watch Matthew play hockey.
Preceded in death by mother Jacqueline (Kowalcyk) Pilarski, uncle Glenn Pilarski and twin nephews Jack and Robert Pilarski.
Marie is survived by husband Jeff; sons Noah and Matthew; father Philip Pilarski; siblings Marcie (Russ) Noyes of Minneapolis, MN, John (Kim) Pilarski of Minneapolis, MN, Jim (Denise) Pilarski of Port Charlotte, FL, Joe (Sandy) Pilarski of Winona, MN, twin sister Melanie (Nathan) Niehus of Winner, SD and younger sister Mindy (Brent) Loge of Waverly, MN; also 3 nieces, 5 nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Services for Marie will be held Saturday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. all at Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church, 1601 State Hwy 25, Buffalo. Reception to follow at church. Guests are asked to wear pink if it is available, as the family knows that Marie would love seeing it all from above.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Randy Shaver Foundation or Breast Cancer Research Foundation in Marie’s name.
“When someone passes on, some part of you goes with them…but some part of them remains with you. That is the love she gave and will always be yours to keep and be comforted by.” – Mary Maloney

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Barbara J Sarvi

    Sending our prayers and hugs to the Butler-Pilarski families. Always in our thoughts.
    Love the Sarvi’s

  2. Pam Brophy

    Sending you our love and prayers!

  3. Dee-Dee Wood

    My heart is so saddened, and my deepest sympathy to Jeff and the boys, and Mindy and her family. Marie was a special friend to me, and a great support. I will miss her more than words can say. Until we meet again my friend!!

  4. Deanna Kinneberg

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that you have many awesome memories that will bring your heart joy and peace. May God bless you and your family, always. Deanna

  5. Kim Graczyk Wroge Evans

    That is the smile that I will always remember. May all of you hold that smile in your hearts. Smile, laugh, and cry as you think about her. She was an amazing woman and has an amazing family! Much Love.

  6. Jay Dovorany

    Marie touched so many lives with such passion and spirit. No doubt we all witnessed this just by our time spent with her.
    To Jeff, Matthew and Noah, Please know that we are here to support you in any way possible. Please reach out. We love you
    Jay, Stephanie, Sam and Sophie Dovorany

  7. Linda Hicke

    My sympathy goes to Marie’s family. Marcie is a friend/co-worker of mine and have I have known of Marie’s cancer for several years. From what I have heard, she was a strong fighter! My thought are with you and I hope you have peace and comfort knowing that she is no longer suffering. With Deep Sympathy, Linda Hicke

  8. Michele Landon Kennedy & Brian Kennedy

    Our love & hugs to your family at this time. I wish I could be there, but I’ll be out-of-country. Marie fought long & hard & inspired many with her courage & smile. Her updates always contained some humor – a testament to her beautiful spirit.


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