Deana Butler

September 21, 1956 - August 4, 2018
Vicksburg, MI


Celebration of Life Gathering

Sunday, August 19, 2018
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
McCowen & Secord Life Story Funeral Homes
Rupert-Durham Chapel
409 South Main Street
Vicksburg, MI 49097
(269) 649-1697
Driving Directions


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
1 (800) 638-8299
Web Site

SPCA of Southwest Michigan
6955 W Kl Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 344-1474
Web Site


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Heirloom Rose
407 S. Grand St.
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
(269) 679-3010
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Life Story / Obituary


Butler, Deana Louise Klitch

Vicksburg, Michigan

Wife, mother, grandmother passed away on August 4, 2018 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The family and friends will gather for celebration of Deana’s life on August 19th, 2018 at 11 a.m. at McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes, 409 S. Main Street Vicksburg, Michigan 49097.

Deana was born September 21, 1957, the youngest of 6 children, to Michael and Dolores Klitch in Paw Paw Michigan.

Those who knew Deana will always remember what an avid reader she was. In fact, her daughter had said, “her living room looked like a used book store”. Deana enjoyed gardening with her husband and often made salsa from their garden to share with friends and family. She loved animals and left behind 3 fur babies: Rogue, Stubby, and Ozzy.

Deana graduated in 1974 from Dawntreader High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She took nursing classes and worked at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital for 20 years.

Deana is survived by Mike, her husband of 28 years. They loved trips to South Haven and spending time with their grandson DJ.

Deana is also survived by her daughter: Michele (Dave) Rigozzi lV of Coloma, MI; grandson: DJ Rigozzii V also of Coloma; mother-in-law: Gloria Butler of Vicksburg; nephew: Eric Klitch of Kalamazoo; sisters: Mary (Alan) Atherly of Ames, Iowa and Patricia (William) Sprague of Richland; sister-in-laws: Maria Klitch of Jacksonville, Florida and Peg Klitch of Kalamazoo. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Edward, Mike, and Thomas; and parents: Michael and Dolores.

Charitable contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or SPCA of Kalamazoo. Please visit Deana’s webpage at where you can archive a photo, share a memory, and sign the guest book.

The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes, 409 S. Main St. Vicksburg, Michigan 49097 (269-649-1697).