NIAGARA FALLS —
Mildred L. "Millie" (Zabkowski) Butera, 93 years old, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at Schoellkopf Health Care Center. She was born in Niagara Falls on March 6, 1921 the daughter of the late Roman and Lottie (Rutkowski) Zabkowski. A lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, Millie attended local schools.
On September 2, 1942 she married Charles J. Butera at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. They were married for 61 years. Charles predeceased Millie in 2004. Millie and Charlie survived a very serious automobile accident while on their honeymoon. They were on their way to Fort Ord, CA where Charlie was a candidate for the Officers Training Program. After a lengthy recovery in Indianapolis, IN, they resettled in Niagara Falls.
During World War II, Millie painted decals on warplanes at Bell Aircraft. She also worked at the Kimberly Clark Corp. and Carborundum Co. She retired in 1982 from the Niagara Permanent Mortgage Servicing Department after 23 years of service. She and her husband survived the Love Canal tragedy. They remained as residents and maintained a neighborhood watch with several neighbors on Mason Drive throughout the cleanup, resettlement and rebirth of the area.
Millie was a member of Prince of Peace Church and was a Life Member of the Echo Society. She was an avid card player and enjoyed many regular group card parties. She and her late husband, Charlie, were accomplished dancers and enjoyed many years of ballroom, nightclub and square dancing with friends and acquaintances. They also traveled to Europe to visit family and they toured Hawaii, Las Vegas and Atlantic City many times with their friends and various group tours. She was a past member of the Lewiston Squares dance group. She was also a past member of Our Lady of the Rosary Senior Citizens, St. Stan's Seniors and the John Duke Center.