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Eleanor Hackbarth, 98

Clara Eleanor Annette Hackbarth, age 98, of Cokato, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Eleanor was born April 10, 1911, in Cokato, to Fred and Edgina (Holmstrom) Swanberg. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, and was a charter member of that organization.

Eleanor attended school in Cokato public schools.

In the early 1930s, she worked at the Fitzgerald Five-and-Ten Cent Store in Cokato. She also accompanied her parents to New Ulm, where they operated a restaurant for two years.

When the family returned to Cokato, Eleanor returned to the “dime store” and became re-acquainted with Carl Hackbarth. They were married June 20, 1934.

Carl and Eleanor farmed for 10 years on the Hackbarth homestead in Victor Township, south of Howard Lake. In 1942, their first child, Carol Annette, was born.

They moved to Cokato in 1945, to live in the home that had been Eleanor’s parents.’ Eleanor and Carl farmed this small 10-acre farm and worked at various jobs in the community.

Eleanor worked at the Cokato Bakery, the Cokato Manor, Green Giant Canning Factory, and various other jobs. Her greatest joy was being a homemaker.

In 1950, their second daughter, Connie Kay was born.

Eleanor and Carl enjoyed playing musical instruments for family and friends. Eleanor was an accomplished accordion player. She also enjoyed playing the piano and her electronic organ.

Her other hobbies included gardening, cooking, sewing, and entertaining, using her beautiful dishes.

Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Carol Prince and Connie (Jerald) Meyer; eight grandchildren, Randall (Beth) Prince, Angela (Mark) Ness, Graham Prince, Christopher (Jessica) Meyer, Matthew Meyer, Brent Meyer, Brian Meyer, and Laura Meyer; and five great-grandchildren, Dalton Ness, Karin Eleanor Prince, Riley Prince, MaKayla Meyer, and Jenessa Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 67 years, Carl; a brother, Reinhold; and triplet infants.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.