Esther Buth Dreier

Esther Buth Dreier, 83, passed away Jan. 16, 2008 in Kennewick, Wash.

Esther was born in Ozaukee County, to William and Minnie Buth on April 27, 1924, where she grew up with her two older sisters Evelyn Weidmeyer (Plymouth) and Doris Guntly (Elk City, Idaho d. 2004).

Esther graduated from Slinger High in 1942.

She had a number of jobs over the years, starting her career as a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II in Milwaukee.

She moved to Kennewick in the mid-1950s with her husband, Bob Emmer and parents, where she lived off and on for 50 years.

Esther was a very special lady who touched many lives.

After many years of marriage, Bob and Esther divorced and she married Fred Julius, who passed in 1974 while they lived in Las Vegas.

Esther enjoyed family life with Fredís children, Ken Julius and Sharon Julius Kophs. Even after Fredís passing, the family remained close sharing many happy times with her grandsons, Eric and Jeff Kophs, and later her four great-grandchildren.

After Fredís passing, a class reunion in Wisconsin brought Esther in touch with a close childhood friend, Fred Dreier. Their many years of friendship blossomed and they were married in Kennewick in 1976.

Fred and Esther lived in West Bend, until Fredís retirement from Wisconsin Energy.

They then moved back to Kennewick where they enjoyed gardening, the Roaming Elks trailer club and world cruises with friends until Fredís passing in 2002.

Esther had many longtime friends. She especially enjoyed playing bridge and her weekly "girls night out" with special friends or joining friends at the Moose for Monday night hamburgers.

Esther was known for her love of dancing and always had a good joke to tell.

She enjoyed yearly trips to Wisconsin to visit the Dreier and Weidmeyer families and many longtime friends.

Esther is survived by her sister Evelyn; her stepdaughter and stepson; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; a niece, Carol Guntly Asbur of, Lewiston, Idaho; a nephew, Donald Guntly and his family of Portland, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews in Wisconsin.

At Estherís request, her ashes will be spread on Memorial Day in the Idaho Mountains next to the Guntly Family stone alongside her sister Doris and husband Butch Guntly.

A celebration of Estherís life was held on Jan. 26 in Kennewick.

Donations may be made in Estherís name to The Chaplaincy at Hospice House, 2108 W Entiate Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336.