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Beverly B. Buttke


Bev left us peacefully Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2017, after an extended illness. She was born March 21, 1932 to Arne and Bernice Johnson at Everett General Hospital. Her early grade school years were spent in Everett, attending Lowell Grade School.

Her father was a proud Norwegian Alaska commercial fisherman and was away much of the time but on occasion took Bernice and Beverly via Model A Ford to Stevens Pass for skiing. He was an accomplished ski jumper and competed at Leavenworth. He made Beverly's skis at their home workshop. Bev's mother later remarried and they moved to a farm near Edgecomb, between Marysville and Arlington.

Bev attended Arlington schools until her sophomore year and transferred to Marysville where she met future husband Bob Buttke. Both graduated from Marysville High School in 1950. Bev went on to work in Seattle and attend a half year at Seattle University. In 1951 she started working at Snohomish County PUD, corner of Colby and Wall Streets, and later to the Marysville office, eventually retiring from the Everett office after 26 years on April 30, 1991.

Bob and Beverly were sweethearts, engaged and married August 30, 1952, residing in Marysville at their present home ever since. The couple raised three children: Pamela (Fred) Leamer of Burlington, WA, Michelle (Mike) Wetzel of Marysville, and Brien of Marysville. They have four grandchildren: Devanie (Dana) Helsing of Cheney, WA, Brandon Bartlett of Ephrata, Whitney (Dave) Mirante of Lake Stevens and Morgan Buttke of Marysville, along with four great-grandchildren.

Bev leaves a brother David (Linda) Carlson of Lake Stevens, and cousins Delores (Sweum) Hasty, and Jeanette (Dan) Anderson of Everett.

Beverly, loved by all, was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and respected friend who will be forever missed. She loved to dance with Bob! She was a devout Norwegian who loved to share her delicious, tasty food and recipes. At her request there will be a Celebration of Life from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Thursday, March 23 at Marysville Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 51st and Grove Streets.


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