Valley Funeral Home Obituary: Hackbarth, Mitchell Alan

Hackbarth, Mitchell Alan
Our generous and loving God welcomed his faithful servant, Mitchell Alan Hackbarth, into his heavenly home on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the age of 59. Mitch spent the last week of his earthly life surrounded by his loving family, battling a newly diagnosed leukemia. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends, and co-workers.

Mitch was born on June 13, 1954, in Hustisford, WI to Everett and Betty Ann Hackbarth. He excelled in academics and sports at Hustisford High School and graduated in 1972. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he received a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1976. Mitch started his career working as an auditor for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In 1979, he began his long career at ThedaCare. Mitch held many different positions at ThedaCare, eventually working his way up to Vice President/Finance. Along the way, Mitch developed many lasting friendships with his co-workers.

In 1982, Mitch met his wife, Pat. They were married on November 16, 1985. Mitch and Pat are the proud parents of two children, Jennifer and Nick. These children were the focus of Mitchs life. Anyone who knew Mitch listened to countless stories about his kids and how proud he was of them. He was a great coach and mentor. Mitch was also a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and enjoyed serving God as an usher.

Mitch was a unique guy who had countless different circles of friends. Whether it was his "Husty" buddies, his "sports dads" at Appleton North, or his Serenity Bay friends, Mitch was the life of the party and always encouraged people to "celebrate his birthday" with him. Everyone who knew Mitch will most certainly miss his vibrant personality and fun-loving spirit.

Mitch is survived by his wife, Pat, and their children, Jennifer (fiancé Mitchell Torres) and Nick. He is also survived by his loving mother, Betty Ann Hackbarth, and his sister, Susan (George) Spang. Mitch will be greatly missed by his wife's family: Bill and Jean Errington, Kathy Errington, Barb and Bob Van Eperen, and their children Rachel and Nathan. His father, Everett, and his niece, Emily Van Eperen, preceded Mitch in death.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013, at Valley Funeral Home (2211 N Richmond St) from 4-8 p.m. Visitation continues Saturday morning at Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church (930 East Florida Avenue, Appleton) from 9-10:30 a.m. with the service following at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Mark Henke. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family encourages donations to any of the ThedaCare Foundations or Bethany Lutheran Church in Appleton.

Mitch's family would like to thank everyone at ThedaCare for all of their love and support during this time. Words cannot express how grateful we are for your kindness. We would especially like to thank Dr. Anthony Phillips, Dr. Philip Yazbak, and all of the ICU nurses at Theda Clark. In addition, the comfort brought to our family by Pastor Mark Henke and Rev. KC Schueler will never be forgotten.

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