The Family of Megan Patricia Butz Establishes a Legacy in Her Memory and For Her Love of Helping Children in Foster Care
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- January 25, 2020
The family of Megan Patricia Butz has established a legacy in her memory and for her love of helping others, especially children in foster care, with Let It Be Us, a nonprofit dedicated to children in Illinois foster care. Megan passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the age of 26. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Megan’s memory here or mailed to Let It Be Us at 145 W. Main Street, Barrington, Illinois 60010.
Megan was born in Columbus, OH, on September 26th, 1993. She attended St. Francis de Sales grade school and Carmel Catholic High School. Throughout school, Meg was never idle. She loved playing basketball and golf, guitar, crafting, traveling, and volunteering, especially with Catholic Heart Work Camp. Megan was the first teen Religious Formation teacher at St. Francis. Meg cherished the father-daughter bonding of Indian Princess, and chose the name “Dancing Bear.” She, dad, and both younger sisters enjoyed campouts and adventures with countless family friends in the Mighty Apache for many years. She enjoyed the beach and traveling with her family, especially to Hilton Head and Naples, and extended family trips to Michigan and Colorado. Megan was a beautiful role model to her two sisters Sophie and Grace through her hard work and passion in all of her accomplishments. She loved being able to give them advice and play jokes on each other.
Meg graduated from the University of Dayton in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing. At UD, Megan was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, worked with Mathile Enterprises, and had an internship with ITW. Upon graduation, Megan was accepted into the Executive Leadership Development Program at ITW and moved to Appleton, WI, as a Marketing Specialist for Miller Electric, an ITW company. While in Appleton, she immediately became involved as a volunteer with Big Brother Big Sister, taught three classes as a Junior Achievement Teacher, and still had time to meet countless friends.
Megan transferred within ITW to Fort Worth, TX, and was promoted to Sales Development Manager at Traulsen. You wouldn’t think that a girl could be so excited about commercial refrigeration, but Megan was so passionate about everything she ever did. While in Texas, Meg was involved in Women’s Network, volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club and loved to foster shelter dogs. She never lost her urge to learn and was diligently half way through completing her Masters in Business Administration and Management through the University of Dayton.
Megan is survived by her loving parents, Larry and Mary Jo (Schimpf) Butz; cherished sisters, Sophia and Grace Butz; proud grandparents, Fred and Nancy Butz of Lafayette, IN, and Glenn and Patricia Schimpf of Dayton, OH; caring aunts and uncles, Alan and Karen Butz, Mike and Linda Butz, Kathy (Butz) Kugelman, Kevin and Lisa (Butz) Burkett, Steve and Melanie Butz, Glen and Susie (Butz) Flaningham, Eric and Sally (Schimpf) Dobras, Dennis and Angie Schimpf, John and Kim Schimpf, and Jon and Molly (Schimpf) Zumberge. As the oldest grandchild for both families, Megan is also survived by 25 precious, fun-loving cousins, Zack, Dylan, Blake, Morgan, Macy, Jenna, Dax, Kayla, Nancy, Jack, Micaela, Megan, Ethan, Julia, and Grant; Jake, Emily, Ben, Abbey, Peter, Justin, Lauren, Matthew, Nicholas, and Ethan.
A visitation for Megan will be held on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, from 4pm until 9pm at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 941 S. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 60047. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place the following morning at 11am on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 135 S. Buesching Rd, Lake Zurich, IL. Committal to follow at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Cemetery in Palatine, IL.
The Let It Be Us family offers our sincere condolences to Megan’s family and we are thankful that she chose to spend her time on earth helping the children that we serve, those children in foster care, who are our most vulnerable children.