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Lester Hackbarth (1923 - 2011)

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Lester W. Hackbath, 88, of Fond du Lac, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Fond du Lac.

He was born in the Town of Eldorado on June 29, 1923, the son of the late William and Mary Beeschke Hackbarth. Lester served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He was stationed in the Pacific.

On Sept. 11, 1948, he married Rose C. Dieringer at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Campbellsport.

He farmed near Theresa for 20 years from 1947 to 1967; he then worked at Mercury Marine until retiring in 1989.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac.

Lester enjoyed hunting, but most of all, fishing. He helped build several cabins for family members "up north."

Survivors include his wife Rose; his daughter, Kathleen (Kenneth) Groeschel of St. Peter; his grandchildren, William Hackbarth of Fond du Lac, Michael Hackbarth of Fond du Lac, Carl (Sara) Hackbarth of Milwaukee, AmyJo (fiancée Chris Tedesco) Hackbarth of Fond du Lac, Miles Groeschel of Madison and Grant (special friend, Liz) Groeschel of Platteville; his great-grandchildren, Keegan, Rowan and Amira Hackbarth; his brothers, George Hackbarth of Fond du Lac and Bill Hackbarth of Armstrong; his sisters, Dorothy (Leander) Lefeber of Fond du Lac, Janet (Dave) Flitter of Campbellsport and Mary (Ivan) Vorderbruggen of West Bend; his brothers-in-law, Roger Lefeber of Campbellsport, Wendell Engels of Van Dyne, Henry (Eileen) Dieringer of Germantown and John (Jan) Dieringer of Campbellsport; his sisters-in-law, Viola Hackbarth of Fond du Lac, Loraine (Clarence) Seibel of Campbellsport, Helen Rohlinger of Campbellsport and Ruth (Norman) Menke of West Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Shari Hackbarth; his brother Elmer Hackbarth; his sisters, Joyce Lefeber and Gertrude Engels; his sisters-in-law, Gloria Hackbarth and Beverly Hackbarth; and his brother-in-law, Gene Rohlinger.

SERVICES: Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 855 Martin Ave. Fond du Lac. The Rev. Brett Naumann and the Rev. Matthew Reis will co-officiate and entombment will be on Friday at Ledgeview Memorial Park, Fond du Lac.

VISITATION: Visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., the time of the funeral service at the church.

Memorials are appreciated to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or to Manor Care.

The Twohig Funeral Home of Fond du Lac, Wis. is serving Lester's family. A guestbook and online condolences are available at

The Reporter

Fond du Lac, Wis.

Sept. 25, 2011

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Sept. 25, 2011
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