Barbara J Houlette

A Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara J. Houlette, 73, Norfolk, was at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rev. Scott Schilmoeller was the celebrant. Burial wasin Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church. Home for Funerals was in charge of arrangements.

Barbara died Friday, Nov. 23 at the Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.


Barbara Jean (Ernesti) Houlette was born May 25, 1945 to William and Marie (Arnburger) Ernesti in Clearwater.. She grew up on the family farm south of Ewing in the St. John’s community. In 1963, Barbara graduated from Ewing High School.  

On July 3, 1968, Barbara married Forrest Houlette at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. The couple moved to Norfolk in 1970.  

Barbara worked as a psychiatric technician at the Norfolk Regional Center for 23 years.  

She served as a Eucharistic Minister and partook in Perpetual Adoration at St. Mary’s Church. Also, Barbara was a member of the Catholic Daughters.  

She enjoyed music and attending her childrens’ and grandchildrens’ activities.  She is survived by her husband, sons, Christopher (Denice) of Pierre, S.D. and Nathan of Norfolk; grandchildren, Justin and Brayden; sister Bonnie (Craig) Rice of Rockford, Ill., nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brother Don Ernesti, and sisters, Ruth White and Rose Yunker.

Memorials are requested to be made to the Norfolk Catholic Schools.

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