Barbara Jane Butenhof
Hanover, N.H. — Barbara Jane Butenhof (Hartman) passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, after a short illness, at her home in Kendal at Hanover. She is survived by her husband, Edwin, her three sons, and six grandchildren.
Born in 1927, she was raised in Schenectady, N.Y., and graduated from Keuka College in Penn Yan, N.Y. A seminal experience while in college was a summer she spent as a counsellor at Rabbit Hollow off the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire—a summer camp for inner city Black youngsters associated with the Church Of The Master in New York City. She worked as a professional Girl Scout in New London, Conn., for several years after graduation.
Returning to Schenectady in 1953, she met Ed. They married in 1955 and moved to Rochester, N.Y., where she worked at raising three boys, and at a wide variety of volunteer work.
She led a Black Girl Scout troop in the inner city of Rochester at a time of great racial tension in that city. She was fearless in devotion to “her girls.” Her long association with Girl Scouting brought her the “THANKS” award, and a 50 Year service recognition.
After Ed’s retirement, they moved to Hendersonville in the mountains of North Carolina for twelve years, and finally to Kendal at Hanover in New Hampshire for ten more years. Instead of flowers, anyone wishing to do so may contribute to the Cadbury Fund, at Kendal at Hanover in Barbara’s name.
Her children and grandchildren were able to visit with her just before the end. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
There will be a memorial service at Kendal, but no date has yet been set.