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John and Ezzilina Butelli came to Madrid in the 1920s. The family came from the coal-mining town of Ora Labor, where they originally settled after arriving from Italy. Their children, Erina and Victor, graduated from Madrid High School. John worked in the coal mines around Madrid until his retirement. He was a member of the Victoria Italian Lodge in Des Moines.

Erina worked for the United Mine Workers and the State of Iowa as a secretary in many capacities. She married George Barontini of Italy. They had two children, Roslyn and Gregory. In 1959, the family moved to Phoenix, where they currently reside. Victor was employed in the coal mines after his graduation. During World War II, he was a prisoner of war in Bad Orb Prison Camp, in Germany, after being declared missing in action. He returned to Madrid in October, 1945. Victor was very active in semi-pro baseball, playing for the Madrid Merchants. He was employed as a carpenter after the war until his retirement.

Victor was married to Ann Galetich. They had four children. Linda married Stevan Martin, and has two daughters, Kristin and Staci; Louis married Sandy Smith, and had one son, Christopher; Vicki married Dennis Swallow and has one daughter, Melissa; and Kathy married Marvin Anderson. The family are members of St. Malachy's Catholic Church.

Ann passed away in September, 1967, following a lengthy illness. Victor passed away in April, 1982, three weeks after his grandson, Christopher.

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