She was born on September 22, 1928, in New Haven, the daughter of Regina (Ohse) & Gottlieb Nething. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Port Hudson. She received her education at Liberty School.
She was united in marriage to Oscar H. Walkenhorst on April 24, 1976 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington. They made their home at rural New Haven.
Esther, prior to her marriage, was employed for most of her working career at Wonder Maid Garment Factor in Washington. She cared for both of her parents into their advanced years. After her marriage she was a homemaker. She was a wonderful seamstress, sewing her own cloths and that of her mother as well. She pieced and quilted many beautiful quilts. She also sewed doll cloths for some of her nieces. Esther and her husband Oscar enjoyed traveling and were active in the Rural Mail Carriers Association. Oscar was a rural mail carrier for 29 years on Route 2, New Haven. Esther was active in Lutheran Women's Missionary League and served in various leadership roles in that organization. She was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid Society. She resided at the New Haven Care Center for almost 7 years. During the past 6 months her health gradually declined.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband Oscar on September 18, 2009, by her parents, and five sisters; Stella Hoffmann, Dora Hollenberger & husband Leland, Laura Luecker & husband Elwin, Flora Reinke & husband August, and one sister in infancy.
Her survivors include; one brother-in-law, Gilbert Hoffmann, of Perryville, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Gary Walkenhorst, Gene Walkenhorst, Wanda Walkenhorst, Nancy Shockley, Bob Hoffmann, Patricia Hoffmann, Linda Hoffmann, Barbara Gilbert, Betty Altemeyer, Kenneth Ohse, and Janet Redhage, by many great nieces and nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 5th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Haven, where funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jacob Ehrhard officiating.
Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Washington, Missouri. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or New Haven Care Center. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.