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Cranberry businesswoman knew value of hard work

| Friday, March 14, 2008

As an educator, organist and businesswoman, Lois Ann Buterbaugh made sure she was prepared to do her very best.

"Throughout her life, Lois worked hard to get things done right," said her husband, Wesley Buterbaugh, a retired art teacher she married in 1969. "Lois would stay up late at night to prepare for whatever assignment or task she had for the next day."

Lois Ann Thompson Buterbaugh of Cranberry died of cancer on Monday, March 10, 2008, in UPMC Montefiore, Oakland. She was 70.

Born and raised in the North Side, Mrs. Buterbaugh was an only child in the family of James and Dorothy Hugo Thompson. Her father created oil exploration maps for the former Gulf Oil Corp.

After graduation from Oliver High School in the North Side in 1956 -- where she was a cheerleader and played the organ at various Presbyterian churches -- Mrs. Buterbaugh received her undergraduate and master's degrees in business education from the University of Pittsburgh.

In the ensuing years, she taught business education in the North Allegheny and Seneca Valley School districts and at various times worked in the business offices of U.S. Steel and Washington Homes.

"Lois initiated and directed the hand-bell choir at Dutilh United Methodist Church (in Cranberry)," said her husband. "When it was decided that hand bells with higher octaves were needed, Lois and the choir members baked cookies to raise the money."

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Buterbaugh is survived by a son, W. Scott Buterbaugh of Munich, Germany, and his wife, Mariella Mathia.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home Inc., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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