Obituary : Anna Mary Elizabeth Stellpflug

Pioneer Woman of Pipestone Dies - 1944
Mrs. E. S. Butman Succumbed Following Fall
Funeral Thursday, May 30

Mrs. E. S. Butman, a pioneer resident of Pipestone county, died Sunday morning about 11 o'clock at Ashton Memorial Hospital. She had been in failing health the past five years and was confined to her home most of that time. Friday morning she fell and fractured her left hip and she was taken to the hospital for treatment. She was 83 years old. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, May 30, at 2 o'clock, at the Jorgenson-Jones funeral home and at 2:30 at the Presbyterian Church, with Rev. F.J. Petersen officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Anna Mary Elizabeth Stellpflug was born in Trempealeau County, Wis., May 4, 1863. She was united in marriage on New Year's Day, 1883, to Eugene S. Butman and he brought her to his homestead in Troy township in this county to reside. She endured with him the many hardships of the early pioneer days and also made many lasting friendships. The couple made their home in Troy township until 1918, when they retired from farming and moved into Pipestone and have since made their home here. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Butman celebrated their wedding anniversary with a family gathering on New Year's Day and the celebration was an event which both looked forward to with a great deal of pleasure. She is survived by her husband, four children, one brother, one sister, 18 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Four children preceded her in death. The surviving children are: Mrs. Nettie Praske, Leroy Butman, Hiram Butman of Pipestone, and Stark Butman of Ward, S.D.; the sister, Mrs. Minnie Marsh, LaCrosse, Wis.; and the brother, Herman Stellpflug of Guernsey, Wyoming. Mrs. Nettie Praske, who left several weeks ago to visit with relatives at points on the west coast, was called home and she and her daughter, Loretta Praske of Alameda, Calif. are expected to arrive here Wednesday evening.
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