WATSON, Mrs. Irene (nee Butzer), of St. Thomas, passed away at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place on Monday, March 9, 2015, in her 97th year. Wife of the late William F. “Bill” Watson. Mother of Catherine Watson, Ruth Manchester (Bill), Fred Watson (Karen), Mary Saris (late Nick), all of St. Thomas, and the late Robert “Bob” Watson. Sister of Ed Butzer (Marg) of Lindsay, Florence Trudell of Windsor, Doug Butzer (Annemarie) of Port Lambton, late Bertha Rutter (late Spencer), late Art Butzer (late Marie), late Charles Butzer (late Phyllis), and the late Vic Butzer (late Mary). Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Born in Donalda, Alberta, February 11, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Verna (nee McCamon) Butzer. Irene formerly owned and operated Irene’s Dry Cleaning, St. Thomas. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service to celebrate Irene’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Ave., St. Thomas. Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).
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