Elaine W. Barrett

Elaine W. Barrett

March 19, 1936 – June 29, 2022

VISITATION: Tuesday, July 5th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, July 6th at 11am, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Ave.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Catholic Church.

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Elaine left this world on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the age of 86. 

She was born on March 19, 1936, in Earling, IA; the oldest of eight children to Leonard and Magdalen (Freund) Erlbacher.  She attended St. Joseph’s High School and eventually made the journey to Omaha to become a “city girl” and to work at OPPD for several years. 

During this time in Omaha, she met her husband, Jim.  They were married on January 4, 1964.  Together, they enjoyed traveling to many places. They enjoyed trips with Jim’s sister, Marci and husband, Ray, and visiting them in California where they were able to see just about the entire state through the years.  In addition to California, another favorite places Elaine liked to visit was the Smoky Mountains.

Elaine was an avid reader with over a thousand books purchased through the years, not including all the books that were checked out at the local library.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, drinking her coffee in the morning, and wine at night with friends.  She loved spontaneous visits from her siblings and their families as they would stop by to enjoy a glass of wine together. She will be missed.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Magdalen (Freund) Erlbacher, siblings: Gerald Erlbacher, Phyllis Roberts, and Charles Erlbacher.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James E. Barrett; siblings: Jan (Jack) Schnitker-Duffy-Gilsdorf, Marie Kenkel, Allan “Tim” (Jane) Erlbacher, and Dean (Dana) Erlbacher; brother-in-law, George Vincent Barrett; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews; other family members and friends.


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