Mrs. Esther S. Barbour

July 9, 1918January 5, 2012

Esther S. Barbour, 94, of Fremont died Saturday evening January 5, 2013 at her residence. She was born July 9, 1918 in Fremont, the daughter of Peter and Dorothea (Meyer) Ochs. On May 19, 1938, she married Sam F. Barbour; he preceded her in death January 30, 1992. Esther was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was active in the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary Society and the Marian Society. She also volunteered her time at Parkview Care Center and at St. Joseph and Sacred Heart cafeterias. Mrs. Barbour was owner and operator of “Esther’s Beauty Shop” for over 50 years. She was known for her homemade pies, being a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan and an avid pinochle player in the same card club for over 70 years. Surviving are her sons: Rick (Kathy) Barbour, Bill (Susan) Barbour both of Fremont, OH; daughters: Margaret (George) Ward of Ann Arbor, MI; Pat (Rod) Cutcher of Fremont, OH; Sue (Damon) Cerrone of Manassas, VA; daughter-in-law Paula Barbour of Keego Harbor, MI; 15 grandchildren; 9 great –grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sam; son Kenneth Barbour; granddaughters Christine Ward, Kelly Cutcher and Sara Barbour; sister Norma Ochs and brother Richard Ochs. The family would like to express their gratitude to Fr. Mike Zacharias, Dr. Mark Hoelzle, Bev McClure, Susan Hoffman, Hospice of Memorial Hospital and Memorial Home Health for the services, support and compassionate care that they provided for Esther and her family.

Visitation will take place Friday, January 11, 2013 from 2-8 P.M. at Keller-Ochs-Koch-Mason Funeral & Cremation Service, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, OH. Vigil services will begin on Friday evening at 7:30P.M. A Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Zacharias officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. A funeral luncheon will take place at St. Joseph Parish Hall immediately after interment. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Joseph Catholic Church, SJCC Catholic Education Development Fund, Hospice of Memorial Hospital or Memorial Home Health.


  • Mass of Resurrection Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mrs. Esther S. Barbour

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Christopher and Stephanie Marion

January 23, 2013

We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Claudia Ash Dansby

January 15, 2013

Rick & Kathy and Pat & Rod, Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. I remember my Dad, Aunt Susie Overmyer, and Aunt Ruth Gonya and Uncle Cletus talking about what Sam and Esther are doing. May your memories give you comfort.

Cindy (Getz) Kinney

January 13, 2013

Dear Sue B. and family--
I was so sorry to read about your mom's passing. She had a wonderful personality. May God grant you healing and peace in your time of loss.

Lori Hoff

January 12, 2013

Sue B.. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful mom. It was always a joy to talk with her when she volunteered at the school cafeteria. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. If you have time and would like to take a walk, call me.

Lori (Lawrence) Hoff

Carol Miller

January 12, 2013

To the Barbour family,
I did not know your mother/grandmother well, but she always had a smile. The word gracious comes to mind when I think of her.
God's peace and comfort to all of you.
Carol Miller

Dave and Bonnie Bain

January 11, 2013

May your memories give you strength. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

January 11, 2013

We're so glad that we had a chance to know such a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family as you gather to celebrate her life.
Bob and Susan Chrysler

Lou & Diane Mayle

January 11, 2013

To the Barbour family,
Our sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful woman with a gracious heart. She is one of my all time favorite people and we will miss her smile. She was a joy to be around. May her soul rest in peace.

Kay Warnke

January 11, 2013

Dear Barbour/Ward Family - I am so sorry to hear about your mom/grandma - what a wonderful legacy her life was - may your memories of her carry you through this sad time - my thoughts & prayers are with you and your families

Lauren and Simon Dance

January 10, 2013

Ward and Barbour Families- We were so sorry to hear about the loss of such a dear sweet lady. We will have you all in our thoughts and prayers.