Victoria (Vicki) A. Butterfield, nee Hougan, age 73, beloved wife of 51 years to Michael (Mike) W. Butterfield. Loving mother of Matthew (Nancy), Jeremy, Jonathan (Leanna), David (Kaitlin) and Meghan (Jason) Sleezer. Cherished grandmother to 17 adori...
Victoria (Vicki) A. Butterfield, nee Hougan, age 73, beloved wife of 51 years to Michael (Mike) W. Butterfield. Loving mother of Matthew (Nancy), Jeremy, Jonathan (Leanna), David (Kaitlin) and Meghan (Jason) Sleezer. Cherished grandmother to 17 adoring grandchildren: Hallie 20, Madison 19, Claire 18, Sam 17, Cole 16, Hudson 15, Silas 14, Savannah 14, Ryder 14, Mikos 13, Jackson 13, Julian 8, Sadie 8, Olivia 4, Aiden 3, Bob 2, and one more baby Butterfield on the way. Dear aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a cherished friend and sibling to Karen Madson (Jim Bina), Minneapolis, MN, Kristi (Richard) Paterson, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Paul (Beth) Hougan, Faribault, MN.
Vicki was born to Howard and Ruby (Holzhueter) Hougan in Madison, WI. These dedicated parents raised Vicki and her siblings within a Christ-centered home. Ruby was a treasured, life-time Lutheran school teacher. Howard was a selfless, heroic WWII pilot, small business owner and laborer dedicated to serving his Lord, his family and his country through his vocation. Vicki elected to attend Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN in 1965 where she met and began dating Mike. They married in 1968 and were blessed with five children. By grace alone, the Spirit has granted lives of service to her children as similarly dedicated Christians focused on serving God in faith and their neighbors in love. Attendance within Lutheran schools has been a hallmark of Butterfield children and grandchildren.
Vicki was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, the very same day on which her only daughter’s first child was born. While the Spirit living within her was vibrant until the end, cancer and its treatments overwhelmed her weakening body rapidly in her final weeks. But cancer will never define Vicki, nor will any other simplistic labels. She was a professional in the insurance field, but gifted with enough poise and energy to raise five children. She traveled the world with her sisters, but equally loved snuggling grandbabies in a recliner at home. She could prepare meals like Julia Child and sew wardrobes effortlessly from Vogue patterns, but her humility belied her expertise. Common descriptions of her offered by friends and family describe her as beautiful, inspirational, witty, sweet, treasured, and a powerful Christian witness.
Visitation for Vicki's celebration of life-in-Christ is Saturday, August 1, from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 W. 159th Street, Tinley Park, IL.
A private Funeral Service for the family will be held on Saturday August 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. While this service is limited to Victoria's immediate family, a live-stream will be available. Please visit Vicki's obituary on Colonial Chapel's website at colonialchapel.com to view the live-stream.
Burial will follow within the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be offered to Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 or to Trinity Lutheran School, 6850 W. 159th Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.
Below is the link of Victoria's Funeral Service from August 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
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Visitation Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 Noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, IL 60477. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.
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All of God's children are special, but every so often there is one individual that is truly unique and special. That person was Vicki Butterfield. She was enthusiastic, always smiling and a true warrior against the fight of cancer. There was an aura about her that it seemed the entire room lit up when she spoke. Never a a doubt about her faith. Her enthusiasm was contagious. When I spoke with her I felt I knew her for a life time. Vicki had the ability to make you feel comfortable. I am saddened for her family and their loss of this very special individual, but I know all of Heaven must be rejoicing as Vicki is now part of the company of Heaven. Thankfully Vicki you are now free from cancer, pain and the awful side effects of the treatments.
Aug 01, 2020
Dear Mike & the entire Butterfield Family,
I am so very sorry for the passing of your beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister in Christ and friend. I feel blessed that I was able to meet and get to know Vicki through Matt & Nancy's marriage as she was a beautiful human being and touched everyone's life who met her. May God bless and keep all of you as you mourn the loss of Vicki in your earthly lives and celebrate her eternal life in heaven.
Kris Hucek & Family
Aug 01, 2020
Dear Michael & family, I haven't seen you in years, however, want to send our condolences to you on the loss of your dear wife, Vicki. Jim & I live in West Des Moines, IA and do not get to Minn very often to see family, but Patti keeps us updated on family happenings. God bless you and may she rest in peace.
Aug 01, 2020
Michael and family - we send our condolences to you on the loss of your wife/mother/grandmother. Her smile and strong personality will always stick with me - from our visits at CCLS and at Webster Gardens. Darcy, Joel & Kenzie Hieber
Jul 30, 2020