July 26, 1918 — April 19, 2008
NEW PHILADELPHIA — Alma A. Butler, 89, of New Philadelphia, died Saturday surrounded by her family.
She was born July 26, 1918, the daughter of the late August and Barbara Leita Mattevi. She was a single mother of three children and worked hard to provide for her family.
For more than 30 years, she served Dr. Vincent Nipple Sr. as the family housekeeper, prior to her retirement in 1991.
She was a devout Catholic and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Philadelphia. Her work with the ladies of the Alter Society often found her keeping busy as she assisted in preparing meals for luncheons following funerals.
She was often hard at work in her own kitchen, baking or cooking food for a sick friend or neighbor up into her later years. She was gifted with a memory that allowed her to remember many things about her grandchildren and family alike. As they would arrive from out of town, she would always be prepared and have that favorite plate of cookies or dish of food ready for each of them.
In her spare time, she found comfort in crocheting and gardening. But, she did not rest for long as she was always working to keep both the inside and outside of her home in near perfect order.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Marshall) Skelly of New Philadelphia and Ruth (Rodney) Brown of Norwalk; a sister, Edith Sarchet of New Philadelphia; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Buehler of Stonecreek; and 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Mathews; sisters, Mary Mattevi, Erma Contini and Rose Buehler; and a brother, August Mattevi Jr.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory in New Philadelphia. Monsignor George J. Schlegel will officiate a burial Mass at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Philadelphia. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Philadelphia. After that, a luncheon prepared by Alma's friends of the Alter Society will take place in St. Ambrose Hall, adjacent to the church.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 102 W. Third St., Dover, Ohio 44622, or to the Sacred Heart Altar Society, in care of Sacred Heart Church, 139 Third Street NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Online condolences may be made at www.geibcares.com.