Obituary of Teresa Butkiewicz
Teresa Butkiewicz died at peace on October 10, 2023, at Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta. She was 97. Terri, as she was known to family and friends, was born to Omer and Doris Proulx in Oakland, Maine, on July 30, 1926. Following her graduation from Waterville’s Mt. Merici Academy, Terri attended the Boston Conservatory of Music to pursue her passion for opera and to hone her beautiful mezzo-soprano voice. She later moved to New York City, where she immersed herself in its rich opera and classical music culture. In New York, Terri met Alexander Butkiewicz, who was attending Columbia College as he prepared for a career in medicine.
Terri and Alex were married in 1956. Lisa was born in 1958 and Christopher arrived in 1960. After Alex graduated from Boston University Medical School and served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, he took his young family back to New York City, where he began his medical career. The family settled into a happy life in nearby Westchester County. Terri and Alex ultimately enjoyed retired life by dividing their time between their homes on China Lake, Maine, and in Palm Beach, Florida.
Terri will be remembered for her effervescent and charismatic personality, her enchanting operatic voice, and her love of the arts, travel, and all things French. In particular, she enjoyed singing with her local opera group, attending weekly performances at the Metropolitan Opera House, spending time with the Maryknoll Sisters, and entertaining at her home. A frequent full house of guests was clear evidence of Terri’s love of people—she had a gift for making everyone feel valued and welcome. Most of all, though, Terri will be remembered for her unshakable love of and dedication to her family.
Terri was preceded in death by son, Christopher, and four siblings, Patricia, Raymond, Richard, and Shirley. She is survived by her husband, Alexander, and daughter, Lisa.
A funeral mass will be held at Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Church in Waterville on November 11, 2023, at 11:00 AM.
A private interment will take place at St. Francis Cemetery on a date to be determined.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Teresa Butkiewicz, please visit our Tree Store