Kuiper Funeral Home


Jennifer Ann Butler

January 11, 1974April 24, 2021

Jennifer Ann Butler, age 47, of Valparaiso, Indiana passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Jennifer was born January 11, 1974 in East Chicago, Indiana to Theresa Cesare and Robert Lee Butler.

Jennifer attended Highland High School. After receiving her GED she went on to study nursing where she became a Certified Nurse Assistant. As a young girl she loved singing and helping her mom bake. She enjoyed spending time with her brother Michael and she had a big heart for cats.

Jennifer was preceded in death by father Robert Lee Butler; maternal grandmother Theresa Negele, maternal grandfather Joseph Negele, paternal grandmother Adderly Butler, paternal grandfather Eual Butler, aunts Christine and Mary Louise Smith, and cousin Christopher Smith.

Jennifer is survived by her loving mother Theresa Cesare and step father Antonio G. Cesare; brother Michael S. Butler; aunt Kathleen McCror, 5 cousins Martha Lessner, Reina and Kristina Smith, Angela Staples, John Kowalski, 6 dear friends Michelle and Rick Marino, Maryann and Karen Steiger, Cindy and William Hart Jr. and a host of other relatives and friends. Jennifer will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

The family would like to thank Dr. Peter Mousa and the nursing staff that attended Jennifer at Porter Regional Hospital, Valparaiso, Indiana and also Dr. A. Gupta and Kelly and the caring staff at the Visiting Nurses Hospice in Valparaiso

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jennifer's memory may be made to American Cancer Association; and Visiting Nurses Association.

At Jennifer's request cremation will take place at Kuiper Funeral Home.

You may share fond memories and expressions of sympathy at for the Butler family.


  • Theresa Cesare, Mother
  • Robert Lee Butler, Father (deceased)
  • Michael S. Butler, Brother
  • Antonio G. Cesare, Step Father
  • Kathleen McCror, Aunt
  • Martha Lessner, Cousin
  • Reina Smith, Cousin
  • Kristina Smith, Cousin
  • Angela Staples, Cousin
  • John Kowalski, Cousin
  • Michelle Marino, Friend
  • Rick Marino, Friend
  • Maryann Steiger, Friend
  • Karen Steiger, Friend
  • Cindy Hart, Friend
  • William Hart Jr., Friend
  • Theresa Negele, Maternal Grandmother (deceased)
  • Joseph Negele, Maternal Grandfather (deceased)
  • Adderly Butler, Paternal Grandmother (deceased)
  • Eual Butler, Paternal Grandfather
  • Christine Smith, Aunt (deceased)
  • Mary Louise Smith, Aunt (deceased)
  • Christopher Smith, Cousin (deceased)

  • American Cancer Association
  • Visiting Nurses Association


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Michelle Marino

April 30, 2021

I met Jennifer through her mom which we worked together at shell,Jennifer babysat for my boys,she was quiet,kind,always there to listen.we had so much fun,making Christmas ornaments for the tree.I’m happy she is not suffering anymore,the world will be different without her in it.

Karen Steiger

April 29, 2021

Jennifer will be so missed! She was an incredible listener with a caring heart, and we had so much fun together. She's part of the reason I survived adolescence with my sanity intact! I have happy memories of spending hours on the phone with her and all our adventures with our mothers and her brother, Michael. I know we'll meet again someday!

Martha Guetzloff

April 28, 2021

Jennifer you will be greatly missed. We may have had our ups and downs and kids but you were always like a sister to me than a cousin. I know you are in a better place. I love you rest in peace

Mary Williams

April 27, 2021

I would first like to say to the family that earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal

Next. I became friends with Jennifer when I was in housekeeping. She was quiet. Didn’t talk to too many people but somehow she would talk to me. Especially about her cats. It brought joy to her to talk about her cats. Wonderful person. She will be missed.

Tracy Jimenez

April 27, 2021

Jennifer was a good person... I love her like a sister.. She was a very good friend to talk to about something that was on your mind... She would sit and listen..she was always smiling even if she had a bad day she always put on a smile... We always drove around and went alot of places with her... She was so funny,made everyone laugh and have a good time... She will greatly be missed by alot of family and friends..... Love your friend tracy