Judy Butterbrodt, 1943-2014

Judith “Judy” A. Butterbrodt, 70, of Horseshoe Bend, passed away July 11, 2014, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem. 

She was born in Ladysmith, Wis., on Oct. 26, 1943 to Karl W. and Dorothy E. (Wilson) Schmidt, and was a long-time resident of Marshfield, Wis. Upon graduation from Marshfield Senior High School in 1961, she began her employment with the School District of Marshfield, where she worked in the main office until her retirement in 2002. She also worked part-time in a design and floral shop, and became proficient in her decorative hobbies at home. 

On June 29, 1963, she married her high school sweetheart, Evan G. Butterbrodt, at Wesley UMC Marshfield. She was active in the church and community, and a member of the church choir for over 35 years. She worked with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in various capacities. She and her husband worked as a team in the churches he pastored during his second career as an associate clergy member of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Judy and Evan moved to Horseshoe Bend in 2004, and became quite active in the community and in the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church. She was a Master Gardener, an active AARP member, a member of the Honorary Police and a past member of the Wisconsin Club, as well as being involved in other volunteer work. 

In 2009, Judy and her husband decided to find a winter home in Donna, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. While living in Donna, she became a member of The Amigos de Los Niños de Mexico, the Casa Del Sol choir, and volunteered in several other areas in the Casa Del Sol community. She regularly attended First UMC Weslaco, Texas.

Judy and her husband enjoyed travelling together, both here and abroad.

Judy was predeceased by her mother and father. She is survived by her husband, Evan; her son, Michael, and his wife, Ruth (Baures) of Stoughton, Wis.; her daughter, Michelle Walton and her husband, Calvin, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; and three grandsons, Stefan, Ryan and Caleb. She also leaves behind a brother, Gary Schmidt and his wife, Janet, of Green Bay, Wis.; and two sisters, Karla Pfeiffer and her husband, Al, of Austin, Texas, and Deanna Christiansen and her husband, Michael, of St. Louis Park, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

As she gave of herself in life, she continues to give in death, as she donated her body to science through Genesis (M.E.C.R.I.) in Memphis, Tenn.

Memorial arrangements are pending.