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Cleta Mae Butterbaugh

North Manchester, IN

Cleta Mae Stoneburner was born in Warsaw, Indiana on January 22, 1907. Her family moved to the shores of Big Chapman lake when she was about four years old. There was no heat on the bedrooms, so she and her sibblings slept with wool nightcaps. Cleta Mae attended a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Warsaw High School in May of 1924.

Cleta Mae and Wright Butterbaugh were married in her parents' home on June 29, 1924. They moved to Chicago and soon bought a home in Oak Park where they raised their family. They became active members of the First Church of the Brethren of Chicago, and most of their social life was involved with churhc activities and other church families. They serve many years as Deacons. Cleta Mae was active in the Women's Fellowship as well as the Bethany Hospital Auxiliary.

The depression of the 1930's caused financial difficulties. During the Chicago World's Fair of 1933 and 1934 they rented their bedrooms to out-of-town tourists, and the family slept in makeshift beds in the basement. They enjoyed the guests from other parts of the country because of their unique accents.

Cleta Mae's favorite hobbies were sewing and knitting. She also enjoyed playing cards and scrabble. She worked at the Sears Roebuck catalog telephone order office in Chicago and then for a few years at Purdan's Music Store in Oak Park.

In 1972, Cleta Mae and Wright moved to a smaller house in North Manchester. In 1974, they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. After Wrigth's passing, Cleta Mae stayed on her home for a number of years. Several of her grandchildren attended Manchester College, and she was pleased when they stopped by for a visit or gathered to celebrate birthdays. Her home became their "home away from home" during their college years. She waited until her last grandchild was through college before she considered moving to Timbercrest.

Cleta Mae Stoneburner Butterbaugh passed away on July 17th, 2001. An Endowment was established in 1996 with Heifer International Foundation, with a gift from Cleta Mae Butterbaugh. Every year, income from the Cleta M. Butterbaugh Endowment will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.