Clarice H. Button, 98, of Sparta passed away Sunday, April 30, 2023, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Sparta. She was born July 29, 1924, to Charles and Hazel (Dell) Posvic in Black River Falls. She grew up on the family farm in Melrose and graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1942.

     Clarice married the love of her life, Lyman L. Button, Jan. 6, 1945, at Melrose Methodist Church. Together, they had three children and built their home in Farmer’s Valley. She and Lyman were active members of the United Methodist Church in Sparta for many years. In addition to raising her children and being a grandmother, Clarice worked as a telephone operator at Fort McCoy for 30 years, until her retirement.

     Clarice was an avid Brewer’s fan, and could call out their stats from memory. In her younger years, she loved to hunt, fish, camp, garden and travel with her husband. She also enjoyed crocheting, playing Scrabble, reading and jigsaw puzzles. Her most treasured times were spent with her children and grandchildren. 

     She is survived by her children, Ronald (Jeanne) Button, Gordon (Jeanne) Button and Lynette DuBois, of Sparta; five granddaughters, Shari (Troy) Demet, Amy (Michael) Dewitt, Katie (Chris) Lanners, Tricia Nielsen and Sarah (Ron Nerby) Button; and eight great-grandchildren, Kathleen Roberts, Savannah (Jason) McCoy, Zoe (Alex) Meinhart, Lorelei (Dawn Cira) Lanners, Elyas Dewitt, Nadia Nielsen, Asher Nielsen and Gavyn De Clute.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Hazel Posvic; her husband of 51 years, Lyman Button; sisters Alice (Vic) Samb and Grace (Jerry) Hostrawser; brother, Lyle (Frankie) Posvic; and many other relatives and friends.

     A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, with Chaplain Priscilla Hemmersbach officiating. Burial will be in Melrose Cemetery in Melrose. A luncheon will be held at American Legion Post 100 in Sparta following the burial.

     A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

     Online condolences may be offered at Memorials may be offered to Sparta Area Cancer Society.

     Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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