Funeral services for MaryAnn H. Butler, a well-known Pleasanton musician and music teacher, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
Mrs. Butler was married to long-time City Councilman and former Mayor Bob Butler. They celebrated their 50th anniversary this past June 20. She died last Monday after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 71.
Mrs. Butler was born July 10, 1938 and grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where she met and married Bob Butler. They left the Midwest for Pleasanton in 1960. After a two-year tour of active duty with the US Army, they returned to Pleasanton to stay in 1963. Bob Butler was mayor of Pleasanton from 1982-1983.
A professional musician, she joined the Livermore-Amador Symphony in its first season, and played violin for 30 years. She also joined the newly formed Pleasanton Community Concert Band in 1975, and played french horn until she was too ill to continue. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in education from Cal State Hayward, and her teaching credential from San Jose State.
She was an enthusiastic music teacher for more than 40 years, teaching students in piano, strings, and brass in her home. She also taught music and drama at Sunol Glen School for 14 years until her retirement.
Besides her husband, she is survived by their children, Michael with Angela and granddaughters Meghan and Nicki of Dublin, Daniel with Brenda and grandson Christopher of Chandler, Ariz.; daughter, MaryBeth Bochner with Jim and grandson Daniel of Livermore, John with Lisa of Grover Beach, Calif.; and brother, Bill Hayes with his wife Carol of Perrysberg, Ohio; and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hope Hospice, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
St. Augustine Catholic Church, where this morning's funeral mass will be held, is located at 3999 Bernal Ave. Interment will follow at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery with a reception following at the church's parish hall.