Esther Irene (Hendrickson) Barrett was born to Clarence Oscar and Alberta Genevieve (Lotter) Hendrickson on Aug. 27, 1933 in Nemaha County near Auburn, Neb. She was the sixth child of 12.
She married June Jochim. He was in the Navy during the Korean War. They traveled and lived in California while he was in the Navy, but returned to live in the Hamburg and Watson area. They were married 17 years and then divorced.
She then owned and ran the Rainbow Tavern. Then she married Bill Barrett. She helped Bill farm and raise his three boys: Bill, Jeff and Phillip. They were married 15 years and then divorced.
She started working with her brother at the West Side Cafe, which later she owned and operated. After the cafe closed she met Emile (Frenchy) Babineau, her friend and last partner. She cooked at the Senior Center and the Harvest Inn. They traveled to Canada and did many things in the outdoors. Esther was with Frenchy for her last 20 years.
Esther was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, cooking, playing cards, and telling stories. She loved little children, family and friends. She loved life. Esther will be missed, but remembered by all as a loving caring, sister, aunt and friend.
Esther is survived by sisters Clarice Lang and Gladys Martin; brothers Clarence Junior Hendrickson (Wilma), Harold "Butch" Hendrickson (Anne), Ray Hendrickson (Linda), Earl "Speck" Hendrickson (Beverly), Dennis Hendrickson (Pat); many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother Alberta, father Clarence, brother Dale Hendrickson, sister LaVonne Lunzmann and infant sisters Delores Charlene and Cheryl Ann.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 1, at the United Trinity Church in Hamburg with Revs. Blaine Pritchett and Dan Voigt officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olive Cemtery in rural Hamburg.
Memorials may be given to the Colonial Theatre in Hamburg.
Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.