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Ethel Louise Gelpke[1]

Female 1923 - 2004  (81 years)


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  • Name Ethel Louise Gelpke  [2
    Born 24 May 1923  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    FindAGrave URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17217091 
    FindAGrave ID 17217091 
    FamilySearch ID KWCG-YVR 
    FamilySearch URL https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=KWCG-YVR 
    Died 7 Nov 2004  Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I10750  Main
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2020 

    Father Charles Henry Gelpke,   b. 17 Jan 1889, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1952, Canton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Julia Sarah Hall,   b. 29 Aug 1891,   d. 3 Jul 1981  (Age 89 years) 
    Married Abt 1922  of Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F3893  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Clifford Lemuel William Butler,   b. 18 Mar 1907, Marriott, Weber, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1973, Roy, Weber, UT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1951  [4
    Children 
     1. Stephen Todd Butler,   b. 5 Mar 1953, Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1996, American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F3897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Findagrave.com notes: Ethel Louise Gelpke Butler, 81, died Sunday morning, November 7, 2004, in Provo, Utah, after a long five year battle with Alzheimers Disease. She was born May 24, 1923, in Canton, Massachusetts to Julia Hall and Charles Henry Gelpke and grew up in Canton attending schools there and later graduating from Simmons College in Boston with a degree in nutrition.

      She served a dietetic internship at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan and worked as a community nutritionist and hospital dietician in Massachusetts and New York before deciding to move west in 1949. Studying WPA Waiters Guides she decided to give Colorado a try and when she didnt find a job she liked there, headed to Seattle. An early music teacher had urged that if she ever got to Salt Lake City she should hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and their famous organ, and knowing that the Seattle train went through Salt Lake, she decided to make a stop. At a Saturday organ concert she was invited by the organ caretaker to see the performance from the stand and later given a tour of the Temple grounds and a view of the city from the Capitol Building.

      Ethel never did make it to Seattle, settling in Utah later that year and becoming a home economist for Utah Power and Light. In 1951 she married Clifford William Butler and settled in Ogden Canyon, Utah, and in 1953 was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. In 1960 she became a teacher in Huntsville. Utah and after moving to Orem in 1965 taught kindergarten at the Cherry Hill School for twenty years. Oh, how she loved the children, and they loved her at least as much in return. She retired in 1985 and served a mission in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission, then traveled to Europe, the Holy Land and throughout the United States, often joining Elder Hostel programs to pursue her passion for nature studies, especially birding. She served her church faithfully, with many callings in the Primary, Junior Sunday School, MIA and Relief Society and for many years as a Stake leader in the Singles program. She loved to sing in the ward choir. Ethel also worked hard for her community, and was a member of the Orem Branch of the American Association of University Women, serving a one year term as President, and a member of the Utah Nature Study Society. She was appointed to the Orem Beautification Committee for a two year term in the early eighties, served for two years on the Orem Community Development Block Grant Commission and on the Board of Elder Quest, sponsored by Utah Valley State College. She was an ardent music lover. As a college student she would wait in line for rush tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, once managing to get an autograph from Serge Koussevitsky, music director of the BSO from 1924-1949. She passed on that autograph to a granddaughter who is pursuing a career as a professional violist. Ethels radio was always tuned to the classical music broadcasts of KBYU-FM. [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 8 Mar 2020), entry for Julia Sarah Hall, person ID LH8M-516. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 8 Mar 2020), entry for Julia Sarah Hall, person ID LH8M-516. (Reliability: 3).
      ;Contributor: megbutler502113

    4. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 8 Mar 2020), entry for Ethel Louise Gelpke, person ID KWCG-YVR. (Reliability: 3).
      ;Contributor: unknown4470317

    5. [S1656] Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17217091/ethel-louise-butler (Reliability: 3).