Marie Ann Butler, age 46, of Buffalo, passed peacefully Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Cloud. 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 degree from St. Catherine College, and used this degree, along with her gift of being 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, 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 while her body may not have won its battle with cancer, which 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 was 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.
Marie was preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline (Kowalcyk) Pilarski; uncle Glenn Pilarski; and twin nephews, Jack and Robert Pilarski.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff; sons Noah and Matthew; father Philip Pilarski; siblings Marcie (Russ) Noyes, John (Kim) Pilarski, all of Minneapolis, Jim (Denise) Pilarski of Port Charlotte, FL, Joe (Sandy) Pilarski of Winona, twin sister Melanie (Nathan) Niehus of Winner, SD, and younger sister Mindy (Brent) Loge of Waverly; three nieces; five nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Services took place Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m., with visitation beginning at 2 p.m., all at Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church in Buffalo.
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