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Marlene Butler
Friday September 2, 2022 3:00PM ~9:00PM
Saturday September 3, 2022 Prayers 9AM at the funeral home proceeding to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church for Mass at 10:00AM
Burial Location
Holy Sepulchre

Marlene Butler, nee Vyneman, age 86, of Darien; Beloved wife of 64 years to the late Michael L. Butler. Loving mother of Michelle (Frank) Mingey, Patricia (Bill) Hansa, Erin (Jimmy) Horath, Kathleen (Stephen) Unes, Jennifer (Kevin) Kearns, and the late Mark Butler. Loving grandmother of Michael (Caitlin), Billy, Michael, Jack, Emma, Claire, Travis, Bella, Madeline, Zachary, Mollie, Grace, Charlie, and Eibhlin. Great grandma to Izzy and Emmett.

Sister of the late Francis (Lowell) Reider and Richard (Janet) Vyneman.

Marlene was born on March 27th, and was the 3rd child of Bill and Emma Vyneman. She grew up on a small farm in Annawan, IL. She attended a one room schoolhouse for her elementary years and later went on to earn a nursing degree at St. Ambrose College, which she always proudly stated was paid for with her mother’s “egg” money. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to work at the VA Hospital. Soon after, she met the charming Michael Butler.

Michael and Marlene were married on August 30, 1958. They were blessed with seven children, Michelle, Dawn, Patti, Mark, Erin, Kathleen, and Jennifer. They settled into a tight-knit neighborhood on the South-Side of Chicago. She helped build a community at St. Denis Parish where she worked vehemently to help save the unborn children through Pro-Life causes.

During this time, she continued to work as a nurse doing private-duty, industrial nursing (Nabisco), workmen’s compensation, and the neighborhood fixer of scratches and knicks. She loved being a nurse and took great pride in her profession.

Family and friends were always central to her life. She loved going “home” to Annawan, spending time with her family and playing a game of Rolle-Bolle. Marlene also loved to entertain at Lake Thunderbird. She loved the idea that people could come out to the lake to socialize, catch-up, and back away from busy lives. One of her favorite events was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While her husband and son dyed the Chicago River green, she was on the side-lines partying with the rest of the family making the best Irish Coffee. She also loved to play golf and to travel where she met many people along the way. She truly was a social butterfly.

Marlene was so family focused; she loved being a grandmother, great grandmother and an aunt to so many. She was her grandchildrens’ number one fan. She attended many sporting events, concerts, and celebrations. As her grandchildren grew, so did her relationship with them. She often partied with them at her lake house. But most importantly, she offered them great advice and always shared her love of God and the importance of faith with them.

Marlene’s legacy will be all the lives she touched for the better. She truly helped so many people through her kind actions, great advice, and charitable heart. She will be missed by so many.

Visitation Friday, September 2, 2022 from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 7000 South Madison Street, Willowbrook; Funeral Prayers Saturday September 3, 2022 at 9:00 Adolf Funeral Home followed by a procession to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. for 10:00 A.M. Mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations to The Courage Program, 9711 S. Kolin Ave. Oak Lawn, Il 60453 would be appreciated.  For info 630-325-2300


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