Esther K. Sackman, daughter of Jacob and Salomena Sackman, was born November 13, 1918, on a farm southeast of Ashley, North Dakota. She was the ninth of fourteen children. The family moved to a farm southeast of Fallon, Montana, in 1923 where she attended school.
In 1946 Esther moved to Billings and attended the Billings Business College. She met Gloria Tod who became her dearest friend and later asked her to go into the restaurant business. Esther and Gloria owned the Stockyard’s Cafe’ from 1950 through 1960. In 1961 they bought and managed the Dairy Queen (with Café) on State Avenue until 1971. They purchased Heritage House in 1974 and managed it for about ten years.
Esther and Gloria traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as Germany, France and the Caribbean. She was very active in her church and a volunteer for the Food Bank.
Esther took up residence at Highgate Senior Living in March, 2010. She went Home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 9, 2011, at the age of 93, with family by her side. Esther will be missed by all those who loved her.
Esther is survived by two sisters, Barbara Patterson of Powell, WY, and Maxine Guidice of Miles City, MT; two sisters-in-law, Carrie Sackman of Billings and Barbara Sackman of Fallon, MT as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Salomena Sackman; brothers and sisters: Emma Knopp, John Sackman, Fred Sackman, Sally Hoffer, Albert Sackman, Connie Burns, Betty Day, Rachel Ruff, Benjamin Sackman, Alvin Sackman, and Walter Sackman.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice of Billings, Central Christian Church or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Michelotti-Sawyers.
Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Central Christian Church. Burial will follow at Mountview Cemetery. The casket will be open at Michelotti-Sawyers for visitation. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.michelottisawyers.com
Published April 13, 2011