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MADISON—Kathleen S. “Kathy” (nee Butler) Buss went to be with the Lord, on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Agrace HospiceCare with her family by her side. She was 64 and had battled Multiple Sclerosis for many years.

Kathy was born in August of 1953 in Madison, to Thomas and Bonnie Butler and grew up in the Monroe Street neighborhood.

Kathy attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and graduated from Madison West High School in 1971. She earned a degree in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her college career, she took great pride in being a member of the Wisconsin Singers. While finishing her studies, she worked part time at JCPenney where she met the love of her life, Gary.

She worked for many years as the telecommunications supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital. She retired early due to the physical challenges associated with M.S.

Along with having a beautiful singing voice, Kathy was very creative. She sewed pretty quilts, designed and baked delicious wedding cakes, and had an eye for interior design. Her home was always festively decorated for the season. For Christmas, her family could always look forward to a box of tasty holiday cookies and homemade ornaments! Kathy also enjoyed camping, scrapbooking, book club and her Bible study group. Door County was a favorite vacation destination with her family and friends.

Kathy is survived by Gary, her husband of 39 years; sons, Tory and Tyler (Melissa Flom, fiancée); brother, Jeff (Jennifer) Butler; sisters, Jayme (Randy) Wilson and Peggy (Paul) Wirtzfeld; brothers-in-law, Ron (Dawn) Buss and Randy (Jen) Buss; sisters-in-law, Pam (Benoit) Kosman and Colleen Clark Buss; along with 18 nephews and eight nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Bonnie Butler; in-laws, Kenneth and Lorraine Buss; brother, Terry Butler; and her grandparents.

A visitation will be held March 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. There will be a private family service to follow.

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In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Kathy’s name to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163; or Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg.

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Cress Funeral and Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road, Madison

(608) 238-3434

Cress Funeral and Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road, Madison

(608) 238-3434

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