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April 23, 1954 – Dec. 20, 2012

Lunzette D. Butcher, a lifelong resident of the city’s East Side, brought sunshine and cheer to everyone around her despite lifelong illnesses that ultimately left her homebound.

Better known as “Zette,” Miss Butcher died Thursday in her home. She was 58.

Miss Butcher, who was deeply religious, was known for eloquently expressing her faith through inspirational poetry.

She suffered from spinal meningitis and began having epileptic seizures at age 6. Still, she attended Buffalo Public Schools and was a 1972 graduate of South Park High School. Later, she participated in an educational program for disabled adults on Leroy Avenue and was a member of the Epilepsy Clinic on Elmwood Avenue.

Miss Butcher worked in maintenance at Buffalo City Hall for about two years in the mid-1970s and in housekeeping at Veterans Affairs Medical Center for about five years until frequent seizures forced her to retire on disability in her late 30s.

She was a member of Bible City Christian Fellowship of Getzville, whose pastor, the Rev. Slyde Moran, visited her home with members of the congregation twice each month to distribute Holy Communion and lead a Bible study in her living room.

She also was an active member of Youngs Tabernacle Holiness Church on Best Street in Buffalo, where she had sung soprano in the church choir and was a member of the Usher Board.

Miss Butcher was an avid reader of the Bible and was able to recite the names of all 66 books since she was a child. Because of her bright disposition, she always ended up cheering up the people who had come to her house to cheer her up, according to relatives who helped care for her. She also liked to share her gift for poetry and the art of crocheting.

Some of her poetry has been used in stage plays and for celebrations of Mother’s Day, seasonal holidays and birthdays. She baked pound cakes for birthdays and special occasions, and her crocheting has been exhibited at art shows.

This sentiment is from one of her poems:

“Look back at what God has brought me through

And I know that He will do the same for you.”

Survivors include her mother, Betty M.; two brothers, Alpheus L. and Ronald S. Sr.; and a sister, Lynda Butcher Martin.

Services will be at noon Friday in Bethesda World Harvest International Church, 1365 Main St.