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Barbara Ann Josephine Butera Hutton
Retired from Spreckels Sugar
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 Barbara Ann Josephine Butera Hutton, 73, entered into resting peace on March 22, 2011.  

She was born and raised in South (Southie) Boston, Mass., graduating from South Boston High in 1955.  At 18 yrs. of age she embarked on a military career as a courtroom stenographer by enlisting in the United States Army where she served her country proudly alongside her husband.  Barbara’s military career brought her to the Presidio of San Francisco where she met and married her husband of 53 years, Robert Hutton.  Barbara ended her military career to be the wife of the soldier she married and traveled the world during their time together.  Barbara settled in Manteca with her family in 1972 as Robert retired from the Army after coming home from Vietnam the second time.

Barbara began her 20-year career with Spreckels Sugar Co., shortly after, retiring when the company shut down.  She enjoyed working at Speckles very much and sorely missed all those that she worked with.  Barbara worked for a few years afterwards, with Ace Hardware retiring again at 62.

Barbara found happiness in her retirement at the Manteca Senior Center.  “The Center” became her second home and those around her there became her second family.  Barbara could always be found at “The Center” playing cards with her friends.  Barbara’s other passion, when she was able, was bowling. She bowled for years in league and tournament play achieving trophies that were too many to count, boasting a 195 average.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father Franchesco Butera, her mother Lillian whom she was very close, to and her brother Joseph.  She leaves her husband Robert of Livermore; her two sons, Michael of Manteca and Bill (Michele) of Stockton. Barbara was blessed with one grandson Jakob; all of whom she loved very much.  She is also survived by her sister Teresa and niece Rita (Jim) of North Carolina as well as good friend and sister-in-law Janet Hutton of Manteca. Barbara is also survived by numerous cousins and family members from Massachusetts and all over the East Coast.

 Barbara was a strong Sicilian woman who had no problem speaking her mind.  Once you met her; you would never forget her. Over these many years Barbara eventually made California her residence, but her heart was always in Southie. She may have left this earth suddenly, but she has a warm family waiting for her with open arms in Heaven. Barbara Ann Josephine will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her not only in California but in Southie too.

Arrangements for Mrs. Butera-Hutton are under the direction of P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road. A Memorial Service to honor her life will be held at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m.  For condolences to the family please visit our web-site at search obituaries.    
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, April 2, 2010