Elsie A. Butz, 72, worked in real estate

August 07, 1991

Elsie A. Butz, who worked in real estate and headed several projects for the local Daughters of the American Revolution, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after suffering an aneurysm May 26. She was 72.

Services for Mrs. Butz, of the 6800 block of Old Harford Road, were being held today at the Leonard J. Ruck funeral establishment, 5305 Harford Road.

Born in Baltimore, the former Elsie Crout was a graduate of Hamilton Junior High School, where she met her future husband, and of Eastern High School. She and Gordon C. Butz were married in 1938 at Grace Lutheran Church, where both had been baptized.

Mrs. Butz was assistant director of volunteers at Union MemorialHospital when her husband asked, shortly after they were married, that she help in his real estate business.

Her biggest real estate challenge came in the 1960s as her husband was finishing and leasing the last 40 percent of the Belvedere Towers at Falls Road and Northern Parkway. Mr. Butz had a heart attack, and she took over the project.

Seeking more normal hours, Mrs. Butz became assistant manager and her husband manager of the Westminster House Apartments in the 500 block of N. Charles St. from 1968 to 1982. Even after their retirement, she remained in close contact with a dozen of its elderly tenants, Mr. Butz said.

A member since 1967 of the DAR's John Eager Howard Chapter,Mrs. Butz served in various offices including vice regent, treasurer and chaplain, the post she held upon her death. She was chairman of the honor roll and the flag committees, and worked on the Pause for the Pledge campaign. She also energized the chapter's Indian Affairs Committee and, as its chairman, brought in speakers and garnered support for the non-profit Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla.

Mrs. Butz also was active with the Grace Lutheran Church Women and enjoyed helping others.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Ronald C. Butz of Glen Rock, Pa.; a daughter, Donna M. Garrigan of Joppa; a sister, Dorothy E. DeWitt of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

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