Esther A. Hackbarth

April 12, 1922 – March 14, 2010

Esther A. Hackbarth of Oconomowoc passed away Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the age of 87. She was born April 12, 1922, to Hugo and Marie Grulke.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Raymond "Slim" Hackbarth; and a son, William Hackbarth.

She is survived by her children, Mike (Joan) Hackbarth, Susan (Donald) Dabel and Patricia (Scott) Bartlett; grandchildren, Kristina (Michael) Higbee, Jacquelyn Dabel, Sarah Bartlett, Cody Bartlett, Brian Hackbarth, Joesph Hackbarth and Annie Hackbarth; great-grandchildren, Jackson Higbee, Alexandra Higbee and Charles Higbee; sister, Marie Stark; sisters-in-law, Gladys Grulke and Delores Grulke; along with many other relatives and friends.

Esther spent many years working as "the lunch lady" at St. Jerome’s school. She was an avid Bears fan due to time spent working at St. John’s in the 1930s when the Bears had summer training camp there. Esther loved playing bingo and her card club. She enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and playing with her great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Friday, March 19, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Road, Oconomowoc, with the Rev. Lisa Schmatzhagen presiding.

Memorials to First Congregational United Church of Christ, The American Heart Association or the National M.S. Society WI Chapter are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at