Barbara Clara Frentsos Butler

March 03, 1924 ‒ November 20, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

Barbara Clara Frentsos Butler, a resident of Mansfield, Ohio for the past 60 years, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2017 at Altercare Nursing Home in Bucyrus, Ohio.

She was born in Delaware, Ohio on March 3, 1924 to the late Clara (Soeder) Frentsos and Athanasius Frentsos. Barbara attended Ohio Wesleyan University graduating with a degree in Fine Arts in 1947 and developed a passion for art.  She continued painting, drawing and quilting throughout her long life, creating several hundred pieces of art. She won numerous awards, commissioned artwork for several corporations, and enjoyed sharing her work with the public and friends. Barbara was an original member of the Mansfield Art Center, and for 50 years she continuously exhibited her paintings, quilts, and wall hangings in juried shows.

On November 25th, 1948 Barbara married Robert Neil Butler, who preceded her in death on May 2, 1996.  Together they had 6 children, 5 boys and a girl.  Surviving her are Greg (Connie) Butler of Mansfield, Geoff Butler of North Carolina, Gene (Kendall) Butler of Upper Arlington, Bob Butler of Mansfield, Barb (John) Beal Caledonia, and James Butler of Mansfield.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and two sisters Mary Bills and Terese (Jack) Welch. She is also preceded by a dear friend Verl Stevenson whom she spent many hours playing cards with.

In addition to her passion for painting, Barbara taught dance, excelled at tennis, and taught several subjects at Mansfield St. Peter’s school during a 23 year career.  She received a Masters of Education from Bowling Green University in 1978.

In her early seventies she became interested in the martial arts and earned a black-belt in Aikido at the age of 75. In her late 80’s she authored a book entitled “Aikido for Women”.

We want to invite you to a reception at Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. There will be one last viewing of some of Barbara’s art work displayed at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mansfield Art Center.  Please join us for her last reception to celebrate Barbara’s life.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Barbara’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


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  • I loved Barb. I remember the day she first showed up for Aikido. She soaked it up like a sponge. You could see she was a leader and would quickly volunteer to teach class when given the opportunity. I visited her a couple times in the last few years and enjoyed the time. One summer she permitted us to use her back yard to use as a dojo for aikido class. She was a gracious hostess. I will miss her.

  • Greg, Geoff, Gene, Bob, Barb and Jim,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was an honor growing up across the street from your family, both of your parents were good role models. She will be missed.

  • Geoff and family, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have fond memories of my first year Spanish class with her being my teacher. My condolences to all of your family.

  • So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I worked with her at St Peter’s and she was our children’s teacher. A special lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Mrs. Butler was my 6th grade literature teacher . She was a “tough as nails “ type teacher but from her I gained a love of reading that has carried me through into my adulthood . Thank you Mrs. Butler may you Rest In Peace. My condolences to the family .

    Jackie McJunkin White