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Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 1:00 a.m.

For Edna Butch of Unity, playing golf was a family affair, one that she shared with her husband, two sons and daughter.

“We all played golf,” said son David Butch of Butler.

She so loved the game that she played until she was 84 years old. She was a charter member of the Ligonier Country Club and served on many committees for the Ladies Golf Association.

“She was always thrilled about getting back to playing golf,” David Butch said.

Edna Rita Butch, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, from a cancer-related illness. She was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Vandergrift, the daughter of the late Constantine and Anna Vidunas.

She graduated in 1944 from Vandergrift High School and went to nursing school in the former St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Butch, who married Paul W. Butch in 1950, worked in St. Francis Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital in Erie. She continued working in the nursing field until she retired at 74 from Westmoreland Cardiology in Greensburg.

Her daughter, Patricia Lewandow-ski of Las Vegas, recalled when her mother “got the fever” to play golf. It remained with her so much so that she was taking golf lessons into her 80s, determined to get better.

Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays were days for golf, while Monday was the day her mother played bridge, Patricia Lewandowski said.

Her daughter said her mother loved to take her to see the department stores in downtown Pittsburgh – Gimbels, Kaufmann's and Joseph Horne – when they were decorated for the holidays.

“She loved the holidays” and cooking for her family, Lewandowski said.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 1996; two sisters, Frances Vidunas Korcinski and Nellie McLaughlin; and three brothers, Constant, Richard and Edgar Vidunas.

In addition to her son David and daughter Patricia, Mrs. Butch is survived by son Donald Butch of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; two grandchildren, Lauren Butch of Wexford and Kendall Butch of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Helen Vidunas Zacaggini of Frederick, Md.

Prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Friday in Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home Inc., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, 1011 Mt. Pleasant Road, Hempfield. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Natrona Heights.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or

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