Barbara Clara Frentsos Butler
March 03, 1924 ‒ November 20, 2017
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 SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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