Evo J. Butera

Evo J. Butera, 92, of Danbury, loving husband of Frances (Mishico) Butera, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Danbury Hospital.

Mr. Butera was born on December 26, 1924 in Danbury, CT; a son of the late Rosario and Frances (Gillotti) Butera. He attended local schools and graduated from Danbury High School in 1943. Mr. Butera entered the US Army in June 1943 during World War II and served in the Rhineland, Central Europe Campaigns. He was discharged as a Master Sergeant in April 1946 and assigned to the HG Battery 45th AAA Group 568th Division.

He married his beloved wife, Frances (Mishico) on September 10, 1949 at St. Joseph Church in Danbury. They celebrated their 68th anniversary this year. 

Mr. Butera attended the New York School of Mechanical Dentistry in 1949 and later was the owner of the New Milford Dental Laboratory from 1952 to 1957.

Mr. Butera was elected City Auditor on the Republican ticket with Mayor John Previdi in 1951 and then was re elected in 1953.

He ran for Mayor of the City of Danbury in 1957 against his classmate, John Define and later served on two charter commissions and was also appointed to the City Hall commission in its relocation from Main Street to Deer Hill Avenue.

Mr. Butera was appointed Danbury City Tax Assessor on July 1, 1957; a position which he held until he retired in 1985. He was one of the first tax assessors to be certified by the State of Connecticut. He also served on the Danbury Board of Education from 1955 through 1957.   

Mr. Butera was very active in the Italian community through the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, where he served as its president for 13 terms and was a life member. He was also a life member of the Danbury Elks and the Catholic War Veterans. 

Mr. Butera was the recipient of the Republican Town Committee Thayer Bowman Award in 2001. Mr. Butera received awards from the Connecticut State Order of the Sons of Italy and he received the Civic Award from the Old Timers Association in 2003.  His military decorations included the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Victory Medal and the Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Medal. 

Hobbies of Mr. Butera’s included golf, going to the casino and taking cruises. Mr. Butera was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph Church.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances and a brother, Russ Butera and his wife, Judy as well as many loving nieces and nephews and his three special angels.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Butera was predeceased by his sisters, Arlene Carvette and Rose Salvatore.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone on the 8th Floor of Danbury Hopsital for his care. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Danbury with Fr. David W. Franklin, Parochial Vicar officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.  The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Contributions in Mr. Butera's memory may be made to the Catholic War Veterans Post 1042 Scholarship Fund, Attn. Al Mead,  2 Shalvoy's La., St. Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Ave., or to the Western CT Health Network Foundation, Inc, 24 Hospital Ave. all of Danbury, CT  06810.

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