Celebrating the life of Nancy J. (Nickolisen) Butler
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Donald Gene Butler, age 87, of Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Graveside Services for Donald and Nancy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Little Sioux Township Cemetery of Smithland, Iowa. Rev. Jena Manchester will officiate. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Nancy Jane (Nickolisen) Butler was born in Ticonic, Iowa, on April 21, 1932. She was united in marriage to Donald Gene Butler in Smithland, Iowa on June 20, 1951.
Nancy could make anyone in her presence feel exceptional. The truest things are felt not said, and while words fail, anyone who experienced her warm acceptance will know instantly what these words describe. Few people have so many gifts all mixed together; many can cook, or decorate, or arrange flowers: but Nancy's graceful gift of planning and organizing, generosity, eye for detail, love of nature, and heart tuned to kindness, combined in a soft-souled style was astonishing. She was a true artist the way she made her home, and our lives. Nothing threw her off her course of quiet faith in life.
She is survived by her husband Donald Gene; daughters Melanie (Randy) Schroeder, Melissa (Richard) Severance and Monica Perme; grandchildren Andrea Schroeder (fiancé Erik); Grant, Anna and Jack Perme; nephew Darwin (Brenda) Nickolisen; nieces Kathy Menin, Karla (Dave) Lange: Tricia (Doug) Durst; Amy (Dennis) O'Neal; other relatives, neighbors, and friends.
Nancy was preceded in death by parents Marion and Ethel (Miller) Nickolisen; father-in-law Donald A. Jessen; mother-in-law Bernice Jessen; brother Miller Nickolisen; sister-in-law Doris Nickolisen; and grandson William B. Schroeder.
This spring, there will be some very sad hummingbirds on Hidden Bay Road.
Memorials preferred to St. Labre Indian School, or to the University of Minnesota CFANS Donan Scholarship.
Smithland, IA 51056
Smithland, IA 51056