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Shirley May Butzlaff

May 26, 1939 ~ June 21, 2019 (age 80)

Shirley May Butzlaff, 80, of Wausau, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 surrounded by her family at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born May 26, 1939 in Wausau, daughter of late Helen Morris. On February 27, 1960 she married Donald Robert Butzlaff.

Shirley retired from the office of Sutton Transport and was a poll worker for the Village of Weston. In their younger days, Shirley and Donald enjoyed camping and traveling to national parks with their children, and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Shirley enjoyed traveling, sewing, quilting, and hosting family events. Her true passion was her family and caring for them. She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren the most, including her three great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Donald; children, Kathy (Larry Jr.) Kainz, Al (Mary) Butzlaff, and David Butzlaff; grandchildren, Brandi Butzlaff, Kristen (Avery Luedtke) Kainz, Cody (Teara) Butzlaff, Laura (Kory Kucirek) Butzlaff, Deanna Kainz, and Julie Butzlaff; great-grandchildren, Eli Butzlaff, Fernella and Selwyn Luedtke; sister Barbara LaFave; and brother, Howard Woods.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St, Wausau, at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial of the cremains will be at Restlawn Memorial Park at a later date. Friends may sign the family guestbook at

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