Mary (Heppner) Ravenberg a long-time resident of Butterfield, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Leawood, Kans. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield with Rev. Lowell Asplund officiating. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the church. Interment will be at the Butterfield Cemetery.
Mrs. Ravenberg was born in Chinook, Montana on June 2, 1915 to D. K. and Barbara (Janzen) Heppner. As a very young girl, the family returned to the Mt. Lake area where Mary attended District 53 schools until her high school graduation in 1935. On April 7, 1938, she married Claude Ravenberg of Butterfield. They farmed just south of Butterfield for a couple of years before moving to town. Mary proudly lived in her home until July 2010 when she moved to Leawood to reside with her daughter and son-in-law, Sonja and Chuck Loudenback. She was an avid gardener, enjoying her beautiful flower gardens for many years. Mary also enjoyed needlework and was an expert baker. For years she delighted her family with care packages full of homemade cookies, candy and apple pie. Mary worked in the cafeteria in the Butterfield school system and Butterfield Foods until her retirement. She also was a member of First Lutheran Church and Community Club Auxiliary.
Mary is survifed by her daughter, Sonja Loudenback of Leawood, son Duane (Jane) of Thomasville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Chris (Erika)
Ravenberg and Heather Ravenberg; four step-grandchildren, Rick, Jeff (Sheila), Jenny (Becky), Scott (Laurie) Loudenback. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Emma and Sean Ravenberg; six step-great-grandchildren, Alec, Andrew, Abby, Caroline, Allison and Aaron Loudenback; two sisters, Arlene Penner and Burdine Weins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Ravenberg is preceded in death by her husband; mother and father; two sisters; three brothers; and one son-in-law.